Bitcoin and Blockchain Explained IN 30 MINUTES FOR FREE

Understanding Bitcoin and Blockchain
Free tutorial
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 (87 ratings)
1,948 students
31min of on-demand video
English [Auto]

What bitcoin is. How it came to be created.
What blockchain is. How it works.


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The course answers the following questions:

  • What is Bitcoin?

  • What is Money?

  • How does Bitcoin fit into our notions about money?

  • How does Bitcoin fit into the history of innovation?

  • How does a blockchain work?

  • Why is Bitcoin different?

  • How is security handled with Bitcoins?

  • Why is the price of Bitcoins growing?

  • What might the future hold?

We discuss money, how it functions and how cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin use blockchain technology to facilitate transactions. From a good understanding of the mechanics of the Bitcoin blockchain protocol, you will understand the role innovation plays in the process by placing the development of bitcoin into historical context. After this course, you’ll know everything you need to be able to discuss bitcoin, money and blockchain technology at an introductory level. You will be able to separate fact from fiction when reading claims about Bitcoin. We hope to provide  the conceptual foundations you need.

Even better we discuss the factors that are propelling the rapid rise in the price of bitcoin, what actually effects the price of bitcoin, and what is the future of bitcoin.

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Who this course is for:

  • Anyone wanting to understand bitcoin and blockchain.


Economist and Author
William Michael Cunningham
  • 4.3 Instructor Rating
  • 220 Reviews
  • 4,018 Students
  • 5 Courses

William Michael Cunningham is currently a Capstone student advisor in the Real Estate Program at Georgetown University. A strong advocate for the integration of human values in finance, he involves his students in developing new ways to combine social values and investing. His professional interests focus on environmental, social and governance investing, socially responsible investing and community development investing, and his current projects include writing books on crowdfunding, and writing about the impact of the financial crisis on communities of color. Mr. Cunningham serves as Managing Partner for National Crowdfunding Services, and is owner of Creative Investment Research. He is the author of two books on crowdfunding and received his MBA in Finance and a Masters in Economics from the University of Chicago.

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