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Learning Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies

via LinkedIn Learning


Learn what bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are and how to get started buying, selling, trading, and mining them.

Bitcoin is a form of money that only exists online. While it's making headlines around the world, many people don't really understand how bitcoin works or the underlying concepts of cryptocurrency. In this course, Tom Geller demystifies bitcoin, revealing the promise and perils of the new crypto economy. Tom begins by explaining what bitcoin is, how it originated, and how it compares with other cryptocurrencies. Next, he explains how to get started by creating a bitcoin wallet, buying and selling bitcoin, and protecting your transactions. He discusses other top cryptocurrencies—Ripple, Ethereum, and IOTA—and explains how "initial coin offerings" (ICOs) have changed the investment landscape. Finally, he covers bitcoin mining, threats to the bitcoin economy, and how to connect with others in cryptocurrency communities.


  • Welcome
1. Understanding Bitcoin
  • What is bitcoin?
  • How bitcoin works
  • Bitcoin as a currency
  • Bitcoin as an asset
  • Bitcoin strengths and weaknesses
2. Using Bitcoin
  • Creating a bitcoin wallet
  • Buying and selling bitcoin
  • Sending and receiving bitcoin
  • Protecting your bitcoin
3. Exploring Other Cryptocurrencies
  • Bitcoin's place among cryptocurrencies
  • Ripple for finance
  • IOTA for Internet of Things
  • Ethereum for apps
  • ICOs for crowdfunding
4. Moving Forward with Bitcoin
  • Tracking bitcoin
  • Examining threats to the bitcoin economy
  • Mining bitcoin
  • Connecting to the bitcoin community
  • Next steps

Taught by

Tom Geller

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