Blockchain and Bitcoin Fundamentals
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- Have a strong understanding of what blockchain technology is.
- Understand what Bitcoin is and how it works.
- Know and use key vocabulary and concepts commonly used when discussing blockchain and Bitcoin in business situations.
- There are no requirements needed to enroll beyond having a business interest in learning how blockchain and Bitcoin work.
Newly expanded with even more video content!
More than 50,000 satisfied students worldwide have enrolled in this bestselling course, writing thousands of 5 star reviews:
"Easily the best introduction to Blockchain technology and Bitcoins. George explains in such a way that he is going to give a lot of people new career goals."
"Great course, with an instructor who is clearly very passionate about the possibilities of blockchain technology. It only takes a couple of hours to complete, but afterwards you really feel like you have obtained a good understanding of the fundamentals of blockchains and cryptocurrencies. Highly recommended."
- Mark Wever
"I have taken several cryptocurrency courses on Udemy and George Levy's are consistently the best. Clear, friendly and well presented, the course is laid out in a logical format with easy to follow visual aids."
- Mike Collings
"Great course George.
I've been involved in the Bitcoin space since early 2013 and I can honestly say that you have made some of the more technical aspects of Bitcoin and its underlying technology very simple to understand and retain.
Thank you for this."
- Jessie Yanger
"The course is very well organized for anyone to learn the technology step-by-step to build the concept and knowledge.
Especially, when the new terminology/concept is introduced, the instructor mentioned it briefly and provide the right level of explanation at each stage of the course. This is one of the best online training course to learn the new technologies, and the way to instruct is the most efficient in the planet!"
- Hiro Aoki
"Outstanding concepts and very lucid explanations. George explains complex concepts in the simplest of ways. May be after this lesson, can explain this to my 8 year old daughter. :-)"
- Avinash Sagar
"I am extremely happy that I took the course. The blockchain concepts are very well explained. The instructor's pace, his knowledge and his way of explaining things made the course all the more interesting. I would highly recommend this course.
A big thanks to George."
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"What I love about the course's lectures is that by the end of each lecture I understood the concept presented clearly. Also, I like the opening of each lecture, it prepares the student, for me it lowered the fear factor when approaching a new concept in Bitcoin Network and Blockchain.
The course doesn't provide only the theoretical part of Bitcoin Network and Blockchain, George Levy provides many examples which delivers the objective of the lesson (lecture).
I truly recommend this course for new comers to Bitcoin Network and Blockchain.
Thank you George Levy for the great course."
- Ali Etoom
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Listening and acting upon valuable feedback from the many tens of thousands of students worldwide who are currently enrolled in this course - I have added new video and valuable content including Smart Contracts, Cryptocurrency, DAOs, DACs and even video lectures on Bitcoin Cash - the new cryptocurrency born out of a Bitcoin Hard Fork.
I've also included lessons and a downloadable guide on how to best manage any possible future Hard forks in the most profitable and safe manner.
- Are you looking for a quick, highly-effective and easy way to understand blockchain and Bitcoin, without wasting countless hours sifting through unnecessary filler information?
- Do you want to get a firm grasp on what blockchain and Bitcoin are all about? Even topics such as Smart Contracts and Digital Tokens?
- Do you need to quickly learn the key concepts and vocabulary around blockchain and Bitcoin?
This effective guide will help you understand blockchain and Bitcoin, including more advanced topics such as smart contracts and digital tokens, and will set you well on your way to blockchain and Bitcoin mastery.
You'll learn the key aspects around Blockchain and Bitcoin, including:
What is a blockchain?
What is Bitcoin?
What are smart contracts?
What is a cryptocurrency?
What are digital tokens?
How blockchain and Bitcoin are related and why it's so important to know the relation.
Some common misconceptions about blockchain and Bitcoin.
What is the future of blockchain?
How to get started with Bitcoin
...and much much more!
You get lifetime access and a 30 day, 100% money back guarantee!
I have included two downloadable and printable PDFs
Glossary including over 100 of the most important blockchain and Bitcoin terms so you can have the essential concepts and language available with you whenever you may need them.
An Infographic guide with steps on how to best manage any future possible Bitcoin Hard Forks.
This course will help you quickly master the most important ideas and topics in blockchain and Bitcoin.
I look forward to seeing you inside!
George Levy, CSBCP, CBP
- The ideal student for this course is someone who wants to quickly understand and expand their knowledge of how blockchain and Bitcoin work as well as how they are applied in business.
- Business people who want to learn more about how blockchain and Bitcoin are impacting the world of business.
- This course does not include any code sampling elements, as such it is not meant as a course for developers who wish to learn how to program blockchain applications.
If you've ever asked yourself where bitcoins come from and how they are placed into circulation, this video is for you. We will be discussing the concept of Bitcoin mining and a very special group of nodes on the network called "miners."
Bitcoin mining is how transactions are processed on the Bitcoin network, and how new blocks get added onto the Bitcoin blockchain. It is also how new bitcoins are created and added into the system
Bitcoin is a type of Cryptocurrency.
Because of this, Bitcoin uses cryptography to control the creation of new units of bitcoin and to verify the transfer of bitcoins between parties.
In this video demo, I describe a SHA-256 hash function which is a type of cryptographic hash function that is used during the bitcoin mining process to sign, confirm and secure the blocks on the bitcoin blockchain.
I also include a link to the free, open source SHA-256 Hash generator I use in the video so you can go try it yourself!
In this video demo, I describe how a blockchain gets built and how it preserves its integrity by using Cryptographic hashes.
Earlier, we defined that "A blockchain is a constantly growing ledger that keeps a permanent record of all the transactions that have taken place, in a secure, chronological and immutable way."
As you will see in this video, this chronological order and how Cryptography ties into the equation is what makes blockchain such a powerful technology to keep Bitcoin secure.
Notice how a blockchain links each new block to the previous block by using Hash Cryptography, and how changing a single block "breaks the chain."
As you have learned in previous lessons, Bitcoin is a decentralized network with thousands of full nodes around the world which maintain an identical copy of the Bitcoin blockchain.
In this video demo, I show how all these multiple copies of the Bitcoin blockchain work together, and how having distributed copies of the blockchain help Bitcoin be more secure, while in the process avoiding having a single point of failure.
Join me on a "virtual fieldtrip" through several leading destinations in Bitcoin, and see the Bitcoin network processing hundreds of thousands of transactions daily!
BTW, the transaction I mention in the video is:
Try it out yourself and go on your own Bitcoin virtual fieldtrip!
What makes blockchain so valuable and why is it regarded as such a revolutionary innovation.
This lesson explores 5 business use cases of blockchain above and beyond Bitcoin.
These are real use cases in renowned organizations, with real, measurable results. The objective is to show the impact of how applying blockchain technology can cause positive change, and drive performance improvements across multiple different verticals, organizations and focus areas.
Here is a list of common misconceptions about blockchain and Bitcoin. You will run into these quite regularly and it's good for you to know the truth behind them.
On August 1st, 2017 Bitcoin went through a "Hard Fork" which created a new cryptocurrency called "Bitcoin Cash."
In this lecture, I explain what Bitcoin Cash is and how it came to be, as well as how it relates to Bitcoin.
I have also included as a downloadable resource an "Infographic: Hard Fork Guide" with "Three Steps to Successfully Handling a Bitcoin Hard Fork" like the one that created Bitcoin Cash.
In this video lesson I explain what Forks on a blockchain are, and I describe and compare the Hard Fork that created Bitcoin Cash with the Soft Fork which was used to activate Segregated Witness (SegWit).
I also explain Bitcoin Transactions, along with what SegWit is and how it works.
Additionally, I have provided for you a valuable downloadable Infographic with 3 steps you should follow in case of a Bitcoin Hard Fork like the one that created Bitcoin Cash.
This is a very valuable lesson loaded with important information you should know!
In the previous lesson we spoke about the fact that there will be a maximum of 21 million bitcoins mined, and that we will reach that number by the year 2,140.
Given that we currently have at the moment of this lesson, 16.7 million bitcoins in circulation... How did we get to that 16.7 million number, and how will we get to 21 million by the year 2,140?
In this video I explain to you the reasons and the math behind the current number of bitcoins in circulation, and the controlled supply of 21 million bitcoins.
By now, you have learned what cryptographic hashing is, and how the Bitcoin blockchain is assembled and linked together into a chain of blocks of transactions.
It is now time to learn about "Merkle Trees", a very special data structure used in Bitcoin. In this lesson, we will explore what Merkle Trees are, how they are built, and we will see the way they are used to help strengthen the integrity of the Bitcoin blockchain.
In this lesson we will go over important safety precautions you should follow when storing your bitcoins.
I describe the differences between "Hot Storage" and "Cold Storage", and provide you with options you can use to better protect your bitcoins.
I also provide for you a series of carefully selected links featuring additional resources that contain valuable information on how to further protect your bitcoins.