Introduction to Bitcoin & Crypto Assets
What you'll learn
- Explore the evolution of the crypto ecosystem, beginning with Bitcoin and blockchain and continuing through smart contracts, DeFi, NFTs, and CBDCs.
- Learn the key concepts and terminology surrounding blockchain, Bitcoin, and digital assets.
- Gain a deeper understanding of where Bitcoin and other crypto-assets fit in the broader history of money and finance.
- Understand what Bitcoin is, what it can be used for, the problems it solves, and how it compares and differs from other crypto-assets like Ethereum.
- No prior knowledge in crypto is required to participate in this course. All you need is an interest in the history of money and a burning passion for all of the exciting trends emerging from the advent of digital assets.
The future of money is unfolding at a rapid pace, with the arrival of Bitcoin and blockchain technology upending our entire understanding of what money is, how it works, and what it can be used for.
The convergence of finance and commerce with the latest trends in technology has understandably led to a flood of interest in this space.
But knowing where to even begin can be a bit daunting.
Where should you start? And what are the most important topics and concepts one need to know about if they’re seriously interested in understanding this industry (or even pursuing a new career in crypto)?
Fortunately, my new course - “Introduction to Bitcoin and Crypto-Assets: What Every Finance Professional Needs to Know” - will provide a rock-solid foundation from where you can launch your journey into this fascinating universe, empowering you by giving you all the tools you’ll need to navigate and interact with this space.
After exploring some of the pivotal developments and innovations that shaped the global history of money, you’ll spend some time focusing on how and why Bitcoin was created, examining the different types of problems it solves before moving on to cover some of the hottest trends in the broader crypto ecosystem.
This course will ultimately help you learn:
The basics of Bitcoin, from its mysterious origins to the different sets of use cases it can be applied to
The fundamentals of blockchain and how the technology makes cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin possible
The meteoric rise of Ethereum and some of the next generation blockchains, including how they compare and contrast with Bitcoin
The unique features and characteristics of stablecoins, utility tokens, security tokens, and non-fungible tokens (NFTs)
Why central banks around the globe are experimenting with digital currencies and how the COVID-19 pandemic catalyzed the push for a new form of central bank money
The impact of decentralized finance (DeFi) and why traditional financial institutions, banks, asset managers, and hedge funds are beginning to seriously explore crypto-related opportunities
After building up a basic level of knowledge of this rapidly developing world, students will then dive into some of the higher-level concepts driving the broader industry forward.
“Introduction to Bitcoin and Crypto-Assets: What Every Finance Professional Needs to Know” is comprised of 14 different videos in which I break down the most compelling topics in the ecosystem into bite-sized, digestible, easy-to-understand chunks.
The course will also spend time traversing some of the latest trends in crypto: Web 3.0 and the metaverse.
So, if you’re looking for a gateway into the booming cryptocurrency space, all whilst authoritatively grasping all of the most crucial concepts and talking points in the industry, then this course is for you.
By the end of this course, you’ll have the confidence you need to begin apporaching these developments more aggressively.
Who this course is for:
- Finance professionals who are interested in Bitcoin and other crypto-assets looking to understand how blockchain and crypto will impact legacy finance.
- Finance professionals looking to leverage a foundational understanding of these concepts into further personal and professional development.
Henri Arslanian is the former PwC Crypto Leader and Partner, the former Chairman of the FinTech Association of Hong Kong and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Hong Kong where he teaches the first FinTech university course globally.
Henri advises many of the world’s leading crypto exchanges, investors, financial institutions and tech firms on their FinTech and crypto initiatives as well numerous governments, regulators and central banks on Fintech and crypto regulatory and policy matters.
With over 500,000 LinkedIn followers and 50,000 newsletter subscribers, Henri is a TEDx and global keynote speaker, a best-selling published author and is regularly featured in global media including Bloomberg, CNBC, CNN, BBC, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist and the Financial Times.
Henri was named by LinkedIn as one of the global Top Voices in Economy & Finance and is the host of the CryptoCapsules™ social media series and the Future of Money Podcast.
Henri was recently named by Onalytica as the #1 most influential individual on Finance globally on LinkedIn out of 50k+ individuals working at the top professional services and management consulting firms in the world.
Chambers Global named Henri the “highest profile FinTech consultant in Hong Kong”, Blockchain Asset Review named him the “Most Influential Crypto and Blockchain Thought Leader in Asia”, and Asian Private Banker awarded him the “FinTech Changemaker of the Year” award.
Henri’s latest book “The Future of Finance: The Impact of FinTech, AI and Crypto on Financial Services” published by Palgrave Macmillan, was ranked as one of Amazon’s global top 10 best-sellers in financial services and was recognized as one of the “Best FinTech Books of All Time” by Bookauthority.
Before joining PwC, Henri was with a FinTech start-up and previously spent many years with UBS Investment Bank in Hong Kong. Henri started his career as a financial markets and funds lawyer in Canada and Hong Kong.
Henri speaks five languages including English, French, Armenian, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.
He holds a Masters in Chinese Law from Tsinghua University; a joint Global Executive MBA from Columbia Business School, London Business School, and Hong Kong University; a Bachelor of Law from the University of Montreal (Dean’s List of Excellence) and a Masters in Transnational Law from the University of Sherbrooke, where he was awarded the Governor General of Canada Gold Medal for Academic Excellence for having graduated with the highest grades of the university.