Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Fundamentals
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Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Fundamentals

Discover the key elements Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin and Ethereum
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Published 7/2020
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  • 6 hours on-demand video
  • 60 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • What the BLOCKCHAIN is and how it works
  • BITCOIN and BITCOIN MINING
  • ETHEREUM and what ETHEREUM 2.0 will mean for Cryptos
  • ETHEREUM VIRTUAL MACHINE, Dapps and SMART CONTRACTS
  • How STABLECOINS work, the different types of Stablecoins and some use cases
  • PRIVACY COINS and why they are different to other Cryptocurrencies
  • The role of CRYPTO TOKENS in Finance
  • ICOs, IEOs are demystified for you
  • PRIVATE KEYS, PUBLIC KEYS and WALLETS
  • EXCHANGES and DECENTRALISED EXCHANGES
  • CRYPTOCURRENCY ATMs and APPS
  • The role of LOCAL STORES and CRYPTOCURRENCY DEBIT CARDS
  • DECENTRALISED FINANCE (DeFi) and how it works
  • CRYPTOCURRENCY LOANS and how to get them
  • The future of CRYPTOCURRENCIES is explored in the final section.
Requirements
  • No prior knowledge of Blockchain or Cryptocurrencies is assumed in this course.
Description

Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Fundamentals - Welcome to our Course.

Are you looking for an easy to understand, step by step explanation of Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies - without wasting hours researching or worse getting totally confused?

Do you want to get a firm grasp on important topics such as Privacy Coins, Stablecoins, ICOs, IEOs and Decentralised Finance?

Do you need to master the complex vocabulary and jargon of the Blockchain world?

Don't worry we have just the course for you!


In this course John Colley and Michael Heitz are going to help you to discover the most revolutionary technology the world has seen since Babbage conceived of his original calculation machine, the forerunner of the computer


John is bringing over 30 years investment banking experience, the last 20 spent advising the in the Technology Sector and a multiple bestselling Udemy instructor. Michael is a Cryptocurrency expert who has been immersed in Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies since 2016.


If you are wondering what the Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies are all about, we simplify and explain everything you need to know, step by step. Some other courses are much to complicated and aimed at experts, you can be confident that as someone new to this engaging but complex topic, we won't Bamboozle you!

In this course you will discover

  • What Blockchain Technology is and how it works

  • What is Bitcoin, how it was created and how its mined

  • How the Bitcoin Network remains secure

  • What is Ethereum

  • How Ethereum Tokens are Created

  • What is The Ethereum Virtual Machine

  • What are Ethereum Decentralised Apps (Dapps)

  • What are Ethereum Smart Contracts

  • What are Stable Coins, how they work, their benefits and use cases

  • What are Privacy Coins, how they work, examples and their future

  • What are Crypto Tokens

  • What is an ICO and what is an IEO

  • Understanding different types of Crypto Tokens

  • How to store Cryptocurrencies

  • What is an Address, what are Public Keys, Private Keys and Wallets

  • How to buy Cryptocurrencies, Cryptocurrency Exchanges, Decentralised Exchanges

  • What are Cryptocurrency ATMs and Apps

  • How to buy Cryptocurrencies in Local Stores

  • How to spend Cryptocurrencies, how to use Cryptocurrency ATMs and Debit Cards

  • What is Decentralised Finance (DeFi)

  • How to save in Cryptocurrencies

  • How to get a Cryptocurrency Loan

  • The Future of Cryptocurrencies including Mass Adoption, the Rise of Stable Coins

  • The impact of Decentralised Finance

  • The future disruption of the Investment Banking, Real Estate, Financial Markets and Food industry sectors

  • And much, much more

Let us quickly and easily help you to discover the practical knowledge you need to understand Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin and Ethereum. Earn your certificate of completion in Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies

This course is not designed to sell anything; Bitcoin, Ethereum or Tokens. This content does not constitute investment advice. The course is designed for purely educational purposes by instructors passionate about sharing knowledge.

Why is Blockchain important/critical to the world of business, technology and finance in 21st Century?

You need to take this course to find out.

Ask yourself, can you afford not to know about it?

We look forward to sharing our knowledge and expertise with you in the course.

Checkout our preview videos ; John shares with you a deep dive into what you will learn in this course.


Best regards

John and Michael

Who this course is for:
  • The ideal student for this course is someone who wants to quickly understand and expand their knowledge of how blockchain and Cryptocurrencies work
  • Business people who want to learn more about how blockchain and Crytpocurrencies are impacting the world of business and finance.
  • People looking to expand their understanding of the Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Stablecoins, Privacy Coins and Tokens
Course content
Expand all 62 lectures 06:08:24
+ Introduction to the Course
2 lectures 11:12

After introducing myself and John, I'll explain why it's essential to understand how cryptocurrencies work before investing.

Preview 02:12

Not sure whether to enroll? Watch this lecture to find out why you cannot afford to ignore this course!

Enrolled already! Fantastic, this lecture summarises what this course has coming up for you, section by section, and how at the end of it you will have a much better understanding of Blockchain Technology and Cryptocurrencies.

A PDF of the Slide Deck is available to download from the Resources Section of this Lecture.

Preview 09:00
+ What is Blockchain and how does it work?
4 lectures 18:38

Before blockchain technology, the traditional way is using a centralized system. I’ll take the example of a website to explain how it works.

A PDF of the Slide Deck is available to download from the Resources Section of this Lecture.

Preview 03:09

First, we’ll see what blockchain is and explain what is Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT).

Then, I’ll will talk about the 3 pillars of blockchain technology:

- Decentralization,

- Transparency,

- Immutability.


A PDF of the Slide Deck is available to download from the Resources Section of this lecture.

Preview 03:40

The three technologies behind Blockchain are all existing technologies.  Its the way that they are used in combination that makes them so powerful.  We introduce you to them here and explain how they work together.

A PDF of the Slide Deck may be downloaded from the Resources Section of this lecture.

How does Blockchain work?
04:10

Even if blockchains are immutable, it’s possible to update those using forks.

First, we’ll see who takes decision on a blockchain.

Then, what are forks.

Finally, we’ll see why forks are necessary for success of blockchain networks.

A PDF of the Slide Deck is available to download from the Resources Section of this Lecture.

Update a blockchain: Hard and soft forks
07:39
+ What is Bitcoin?
6 lectures 35:34

Bitcoin was the first cryptocurrency created.

After some years other cryptocurrencies were created but Bitcoin still remains n°1.

A PDF of the Slide Deck is available to download from the Resources Section of this Lecture.

Introduction
01:59

First we will see why and by whom was Bitcoin created in 2008.

Then, how was the first block created, know as Genesis block.

Finally, we’ll see when the first transaction took place, in other terms, when Bitcoin became spendable.

A PDF of the Slide Deck is available to download from the Resources Section of this Lecture.

Preview 06:00

Contrary to classical money creation, Bitcoin creation was set at the beginning according to an algorithm.

We'll first see what this algorithm defines in term of total supply of Bitcoins.

Then,  who create them and how (proof of work).

Finally, we'll talk about the rewards and the halvings.

A PDF of the Slide Deck is available to download from the Resources Section of this Lecture.

How are Bitcoins created - Mining
08:09

The Bitcoin blockchain is based on Peer-to-peer technology but how does it remains secure?

We’ll see what are the different types of nodes and what are their purpose.

A PDF of the Slide Deck is available to download from the Resources Section of this Lecture.

How does the Bitcoin network remains secure? Part 1
09:05

First, we’ll talk about lack of rewards for the nodes’ runners.

Then, we’ll see if this nodes architecture has to evolve or not in the future.

A PDF of the Slide Deck is available to download from the Resources Section of this Lecture.

How does the Bitcoin network remain secure? Part 2
04:39

Despites its’ 12 years of existence, Bitcoin is still in its’ early phase, like Internet was a long time ago. There is still along way to go for mass adoption, challenges to take over for scalability but:

- Bitcoin is here to stay

- Bitcoin is already used as form of payment by more and more stores in the real world, Bitcoin ATMs, and online stores (travel portal like Travala, flight booking).

A PDF of the Slide Deck is available to download from the Resources Section of this Lecture.

Conclusion
05:42
+ What is Ethereum?
7 lectures 48:28

Ethereum was launched in 2015 and is the second largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization. It has its’ own blockchain like Bitcoin has one too.

The purpose, functionality and technologies used by the Ethereum blockchain has nothing in common with Bitcoin. It can be seen as a base layer on which developpers can build decentralized applications (Dapps) on top for a wide range of use cases.

I’ll explain how this blockchain works, what are Dapps and Smart Contracts.

A PDF of the Slide Deck is available to download from the Resources Section of this Lecture.

Introduction
01:36

Ethereum was launched in 2015 by Vitalik Buterin (and other co-founders) and is the second largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization. It has its’ own blockchain like Bitcoin has one too.

We’ll see why it was created, what innovation it brings in compared to bitcoin’s blockchain.

A PDF of the Slide Deck is available to download from the Resources Section of this Lecture.

Short History of Ethereum
08:20

Ethereum tokens creation process is, at the moment, very similar to how Bitcoins are created, so my explaination is going to be very fast and easy to understand as already seen in the Bitcoin section.

I'll also talk about the upcoming move to Proof of Stake in Ethereum 2.0 update.

A PDF of the Slide Deck is available to download from the Resources Section of this Lecture.

How are Ethereum tokens created?
10:09

The aim of Ethereum is to be the best “World Computer” (Ethereum Virtual Machine) that anyone can use to build Decentralized Apps (Dapps) and smart contracts on top of the Ethereum Blockchain (base layer).

Let's look in the first one: Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM).

A PDF of the Slide Deck is available to download from the Resources Section of this Lecture.

Preview 06:17

Let's look at the second pîllar of Ethereum: Decentralized Apps (Dapps).

A PDF of the Slide Deck is available to download from the Resources Section of this Lecture.

The 3 Pillars of Ethereum: Decentralized Apps (Dapps)
11:18

Let's look at third pillar of Ethereum now: Smart Contracts.

A PDF of the Slide Deck is available to download from the Resources Section of this Lecture.

The 3 Pillars of Ethereum: Smart Contracts
04:31

In the Ethereum blockchain, the nodes have more functions as in the Bitcoin one.

We gonna see in details how all of this works.

A PDF of the Slide Deck is available to download from the Resources Section of this Lecture.

Nodes and Security on the Ethereum Blockchain
06:17
+ What are Stablecoins?
4 lectures 13:15

By it's litteral meaning, a stablecoin is a cryptocurrency which remains always stable in value (for example in USD).

How is that possible regarding the volatility of the cryptocurrencies markets? Let's find out.

A PDF of the Slide Deck is available to download from the Resources Section of this Lecture.

Definition
02:32

Stablecoins are cryptocurrencies, ERC20 tokens on the Ethereum Blockchain but there are 3 differents types that we will look into:

- Fiat-backed Stablecoins,

- Crypto-backed Stablecoins,

- Algorithmic Stablecoins.

A PDF of the Slide Deck is available to download from the Resources Section of this Lecture.

How do Stablecoins work?
04:41

Only in crytocurrencies trading, stablecoins total market supply is over 10 billion USD in May 2020.

Let’s see what other usecases they have.

A PDF of the Slide Deck is available to download from the Resources Section of this Lecture.

Preview 04:25

Stablecoins are an awesome innovation in the crypto space.

Let's see what are there benefits.

A PDF of the Slide Deck is available to download from the Resources Section of this Lecture.

Stablecoins Benefits
01:37
+ What are Privacy coins?
4 lectures 12:33

In this lecture we explain the critical differences between Privacy Coins and other forms of cryptocurrency.

A PDF of the Slide Deck is available to download from the Resources Section of this lecture.

What are Privacy Coins?
02:43

Here we briefly explain how Monero works as an example of a Privacy Coin.

A PDF of the Slide Deck is available to download from the Resources Section of this lecture.

How Do Privacy Coins Work : Example Of Monero
01:57

This lecture touches on the five most common Privacy Coins - we mention Monero again because it is in this top 5.

A PDF of the Slide Deck is available to download from the Resources Section of this lecture.

Other Privacy Coins
04:15

This lecture shares some of the uses cases for Privacy Coins and discusses the balance between privacy protection and the abuse of privacy by people operating less legitimately.

A PDF of the Slide Deck is available to download from the Resources Section of this lecture.

Privacy Coins Use Cases?
03:38
+ Crypto tokens: the new way of financing for startups?
5 lectures 14:43

In 2018, the total volume of Initial Coin Offering (ICO) was $11.4 billions USD but this was only a 13% increase on the year before.

From 2019, Initial Exchange Offering (IEO) became the new trend of financing startups projects.

We are going to discuss both of these in this section.

A PDF of the Slide Deck is available to download from the Resources Section of this Lecture.

Introduction to Crypto Tokens
01:27

While we are talking about Crypto Tokens, it is worth spending a few minutes discussing exactly what they are.

A PDF of the Slide Deck is available to download from the Resources Section of this lecture.

Preview 02:43

This lecture explains some of the key characteristics of an Initial Coin Offering and highlights potential offering structures and risks.

A PDF of the Slide Deck is available to download from the Resources Section of this lecture.

What is an ICO?
04:32

Let’s take a look now at IEOs - what they are and how they work.

A PDF of the Slide Deck is available to download from the Resources Section of this lecture.

How do IEOs work?
01:32
  • There are five main types of crypto tokens

    • Platform

    • Security

    • Transactional

    • Utility

    • Governance

We explain the uses of these in this lecture.

  1. A PDF of the Slide Deck is available to download from the Resources Section of this lecture.

Understanding Token Types
04:29
+ How to store cryptocurrencies in a secure way?
4 lectures 39:09

Cryptocurrencies wallets are using both private and public keys, also called addresses.

First we going to see what are wallets for.

Then, what those keys are.

A PDF of the Slide Deck is available to download from the Resources Section of this Lecture.

Private Keys vs Public Keys (Addresses) - Wallets
03:57

I'll demonstrate how to create your private keys when installing a wallet for the first time.

A PDF of the Slide Deck is available to download from the Resources Section of this Lecture.

How to create your private keys - Wallets
03:56

If you lose your private keys, you lose your cryptocurrencies so it’s very important where you store them.

First we will see how to store your private keys (on which support).

Then, where to store them including where not to store them.

A PDF of the Slide Deck is available to download from the Resources Section of this Lecture.

Where to store your Private Keys?
10:38

There are a lot of different types of cryptocurrencies wallets.

First we will see hot vs cold wallets and Software wallets.

Then, hardware and paper wallets.

Finally, I’ll share with you my recommendations.

A PDF of the Slide Deck is available to download from the Resources Section of this Lecture.

The different types of cryptocurrencies wallets
20:38
+ How to buy cryptocurrencies?
9 lectures 57:23

At the beginning of cryptocurrencies, it’s was very difficult to buy cryptocurrencies but now it’s becoming more and more easy.

A PDF of the Slide Deck is available to download from the Resources Section of this Lecture.

Introduction
01:50

Buying cryptos on cryptocurrencies exchanges is the traditional way but those exchanges have evolved a lot.

First we going to see the different types of trading pairs available on cryptocurrencies exchanges.

Then, how to find a crypto exchange.

A PDF of the Slide Deck is available to download from the Resources Section of this Lecture.

Preview 07:58

I’ll demonstrate how to buy a crypto on a cryptocurrencies exchange.

A PDF of the Slide Deck is available to download from the Resources Section of this Lecture.

Cryptocurrencies Exchanges - Part 2
06:29

Decentralized cryptocurrencies exchanges, almost unused because of their lack of liquidity compared to Centralized exchanges, are now very popular.

First, we will see what are Decentralized crypto exchanges (Dex).

Then, what is needed to access to Dex.

Finally, I’ll demonstrate how to buy a crypto on a Dex using a wallet with integrated Dex.

A PDF of the Slide Deck is available to download from the Resources Section of this Lecture.

Decentralized Exchanges Part 1
10:22

I’ll demonstrate how to buy a crypto on a Dex using a Dapp inside a wallet (with no integrated Dex).

A PDF of the Slide Deck is available to download from the Resources Section of this Lecture.

Decentralized Exchanges Part 2
06:02

The number of cryptocurrencies ATM is growing every day.

First, we’ll see how to find cryptos ATMs.

Then, what do you need to use a cryptos ATM.

Finally, how does a cryptos ATM work.

A PDF of the Slide Deck is available to download from the Resources Section of this Lecture.

Cryptocurrencies ATMs
05:01

There are a lot of Cryptocurrencies Apps available to install on your mobile phone.

First, we’ll see what the different types of crypto Apps are.

Then, how to buy cryptos using those Apps.

A PDF of the Slide Deck is available to download from the Resources Section of this Lecture.

Cryptocurrencies Apps
07:37

More and more local stores enables you to buy cryptos very easily.

First, we’ll see what stores provide those services.

Then, how to buy cryptos in local stores.

A PDF of the Slide Deck is available to download from the Resources Section of this Lecture.

Local stores
03:53

With so many solutions to buy cryptos, it’s not always easy to choose the right one.

First, we’ll see how to choose the right way.

Then, I’ll insist on storing your cryptos in a secure way after buying them.

A PDF of the Slide Deck is available to download from the Resources Section of this Lecture.

Conclusion
08:11
+ How to Spend cryptocurrencies?
5 lectures 28:42

I’ll demonstrate how to send cryptos to someone else using a cryptocurrencies wallet.

A PDF of the Slide Deck is available to download from the Resources Section of this Lecture.

Using Cryptocurrencies Wallet
03:25

Spending cryptos using cryptocurrencies ATMs is very easy and fast.

Let’s see how it works.

A PDF of the Slide Deck is available to download from the Resources Section of this Lecture.

Using Cryptocurrencies ATMs
03:42

Spending cryptos using cryptocurrencies Debit Cards is the easiest way.

First, we’ll see what the different cards available are.

Then, how does a Crypto Debit Card work.

A PDF of the Slide Deck is available to download from the Resources Section of this Lecture.

Using Crypto Debit cards Part 1
07:33

I'll share my thoughts about Cryptocurrencies Debit Cards.

A PDF of the Slide Deck is available to download from the Resources Section of this Lecture.

Using Crypto Debit cards Part 2
07:30

Central banks, Retail banks and Regulators are against cryptocurrencies but why is that?

To answer this question, first, we have to analyse what is the consequence in global economy when you are spending cryptocurrencies in the real world.

Then we will see what happens when paying directly in cryptos.

Finally, when paying by selling your cryptos for Fiat.

A PDF of the Slide Deck is available to download from the Resources Section of this Lecture.

What are you doing when you're spending cryptos in the real world?
06:32