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Here’s a list of crypto readings and resources. It’s organized from building blocks and basics; foundations (& history); and key concepts — followed by specific topics such as governance; privacy and security; scaling; consensus and governance; cryptoeconomics and investing; fundraising and token distribution; decentralized exchanges; stablecoins; and cryptoeconomic primitives (crytocollectibles, curation markets, games). We also included a section with developer tutorials, practical guides, and maker stories — as well as other resources, such as newsletters/updates and courses, at the end.

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Building Blocks and Basics

What is blockchain?
Ever wonder how bitcoin (and other cryptocurrencies) actually work?
How the bitcoin protocol actually works
Ethereum in 25 minutes
How does Ethereum work, anyway?
Decrypting crypto, from bitcoin and blockchain to ICOs
An introduction to crypto
Cryptographic hash function
Basic primer on blockchain — ledger basics
Basic terminology for Ethereum
Basic glossary of terms
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Foundations (& History)

Bitcoin whitepaper
Ethereum whitepaper
The Byzantine Generals Problem
The Agoric papers series
The idea of smart contracts
Why bitcoin matters
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Key Concepts

Beyond the bitcoin bubble
Crypto tokens
Crypto tokens and the coming age of protocol innovation
Fat protocols
Cryptocurrencies, app coins, and investing in protocols
Getting applications into people’s hands
Blockchain: what is it good for?
How the U.S. government used blockchain to fight fraud
Bitcoin network effects
Keepers: workers that maintain blockchain networks
The quiet master of cryptocurrency
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Why it’s hard to “get” bitcoin
Money, blockchains, and social scalability
What do we mean by “blockchains are trustless”?
Why decentralization matters
The meaning of decentralization
Quantifying decentralization
The truth about blockchain
The slow death of the firm
Unchained: big ideas from the worlds of blockchain and cryptocurrency
Mental models for understanding tokens
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Governance deep dive
The myth of the irrational token holder
Blockchain governance/ governance 101
Blockchain governance — design components, approaches, suggestions
Against on-chain governance
Thoughts on governance and network effects
Notes on blockchain governance
Tezos position paper — a self-amending crypto-ledger
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Privacy and Security

Privacy on the blockchain
Securing smart contracts (series)
Ethereum smart contract best practices</ a>
Town Crier: an authenticated data feed for smart contracts
Devcon3 panel on formal verification
What are zk-SNARKs?
Zk-SNARKs: under the hood (series)
STARKs, part I: proofs with polynomials
Scalable, transparent, and post-quantum secure computational integrity
Succinct non-interactive zero knowledge for a von Neumann Architecture

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Blockchains don’t scale
The decentralized-consistent-scale (DCS) triangle
Models for scaling trustless computation
Platform currencies may soon be obsolete
The importance of layer two — an HTTP of bitcoin and blockchains
What is the Lightning Network
Making sense of Ethereum’s Layer 2 scaling solutions
Scaling Tezos
Ethereum Foundation research initiatives
Ethereum scalability research and development subsidy programs
A beginner’s guide to Ethermint
Construction of a plasma chain 0x1
Accounts, transactions, gas, and block gas limits in Ethereum
Interplanetary linked computing
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Decentralization in bitcoin and ethereum
A proof of stake design philosophy
Delegrated proof of stake
Seeking consensus on consensus
Consensus Compare: Casper vs. Tendermint; Tendermint BFT vs. EOS dPoS
Ethereum Casper 101
The history of Casper  (series)
Inflation and participation in stake-based token protocols
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Cryptoeconomics and Investing

Making sense of cryptoeconomics
A crash course in mechanism design for cryptoeconomic applications
Cryptoasset valuations
An (institutional) investor’s take on cryptoassets
Comments on the above (tweetstorm) — network effects?
On value, velocity, and monetary theory
On the quantity theory of money for tokens
On medium-of-exchange token valuations
Understanding token velocity
A process for evaluating new tokens
Token classification framework
Fat protocols are not an investment thesis
Skin-in-the-game coins
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Fundraising and Token Distribution

Thoughts on tokens
Funding the evolution of blockchains
The bitcoin model for crowdfunding
How to make bonding curves for the economic web
Separating the staking token from the fee token
Explanation of DAICOs
The SAFT Project
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Decentralized Exchanges

State of decentralized exchanges, 2018
Networked liquidity — projects solving the chicken and egg problem
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Stablecoins: A holy grail in digital currency
An overview of stablecoins
The search for a stable cryptocurrency
Maker for dummies: a plain English explanation of the Dai stablecoin
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Cryptoeconomic Primitives

Token lexicon
Introducing curation markets
Curation markets (tweetstorm)
Early UIs for curation markets (tweetstorm)
Token-curated registries
Building ‘Google for the economic web’ on the Ethereum blockchain
Smart media tokens
Digital pets that don’t die
Will cryptocurrencies be the art market’s next big thing?
Digital collectibles and the weird future of “digibles”
Cryptocollectibles are XLNT, but nobody knows what’s next
Rare pepe — what happens when you combine a crypto-asset with a meme and a trading card
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Developer Tutorials

Learn to code Ethereum dapps by building your own game
How to code your own cryptokitties-style game on Ethereum
Learning Solidity — commit-reveal voting
The hitchhiker’s guide to smart contracts in Ethereum
Introduction to zk-SNARKs with examples
zkSNARKs: driver’s ed
Epicenter — a trove of interviews with many different blockchain project leads
The Ceremony — Radiolab podcast featuring story of Zcash

Ethereum Developer Resources

The Ethereum blockchain has a robust set of tools and infrastructure that allow decentralized applications (DApps) to be quickly built and iterated on. This makes it a perfect fit for a rapidly paced hackathon exploring new and emerging applications.

  • Truffle – A development environment, testing framework, and asset pipeline for Ethereum.

  • MetaMask – A Chrome browser extension that manages keys and enables web-applications to interact with any ethereum blockchain network.

  • INFURA – Provider of remote Ethereum and IPFS nodes.

  • Solidity – A popular high-level language used to write smart contracts.

  • Ethereum JavaScript API – The API used by web applications to access the Ethereum blockchain.

  • IPFS – A P2P system that implements a filesystem.

  • Lightwallet – One implementation of an Ethereum JavaScript wallet.

  • ethereumjs-wallet – Another alternate implementation of an Ethereum wallet.

  • TestRPC – A simulated blockchain for fast testing and iteration.

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Other Resources

Token Daily
Token Daily-launches
Token Daily- discussions
Week in Ethereum News
The Control — on the entrepreneurs
Token Economy
Proof of Work — projects and progress in crypto, also a view from China
Cryptocurrency (2018)
Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies (2015)
Bitcoin and cryptocurrency technologies (2014)
A graduate course in applied cryptography (2017)
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