Blockchain Theory 101

Basic description, applications, and implication of blockchain technology
Rating: 4.2 out of 5 (2,724 ratings)
31,957 students
Blockchain Theory 101
Rating: 4.2 out of 5 (2,724 ratings)
31,957 students
Understand the basics and potential applications of blockchain technology


  • You should be interested in blockchain technology

Executives, strategists, CTOs, IT professionals, developers and other interested parties will gain an understanding of blockchain technology (including mining, consensus algorithms, smart property, and smart contracts). The current status of blockchain technology, potential applications in Financial Services, Logistics, Healthcare, Energy, and IoT, and next steps regarding its deployment in your organization are discussed.

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who wants to learn about blockchain technology
8 sections • 22 lectures • 1h 27m total length
  • Welcome to Blockchain Theory 101!
  • Revolutionary Impact of Blockchain Technology
  • Definition of Blockchain Technology
  • Smartnetworks: the Larger Context of Blockchain
  • Hierarchy is not scalable: Blockchain is necessary
  • Long-tail economic and governance systems
  • Cryptographic Wallets
  • Blockchain Global Peer-to-peer Software Network
  • Bitcoin Mining: How does it work?
  • Bitcoin Scalability
  • Blockchain Risks: Technical, Regulatory, Perception
  • ICO: Initial Coin Offerings - Crowdfunding
  • Payment networks: Bitcoin vs VISA
  • Financial Services, Logistics, Healthcare, Energy, IoT
  • Smart Assets and Financial Services: Stock, Bond, Options, Futures, Insurance
  • Governance: Legal Document Registries, Titling
  • Governance: Voting, Legal Contracts
  • Decoupling Decision-making and Automated Execution
  • Smart Contracts: Bitcoin, Ethereum
  • Distributed Computing Networks: Byzantine Fault Tolerance; Consensus Algorithms
  • Getting Started Today: How to obtain Bitcoin
  • Thank you for participating in Blockchain Theory 101!

Blockchain Theorist, New School University, NYC
Melanie Swan
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  • 43,785 Students
  • 2 Courses

Melanie Swan is a Philosopher and Economic Theorist at the New School University in New York NY. She is the author of Blockchain: Blueprint for a New Economy. Her education includes an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in French and Economics from Georgetown University. She is a faculty member at Singularity University.