Intro to Crypto by
Mar 26 · 3 min read

People new to the world of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology often ask us where they can learn more. If you are also a newcomer, or someone who is less comfortable with new technologies, you a) are in good company and b) have come to the right place.

Below we have assembled some of the most helpful resources on common questions we hear, such as why is cryptocurrency important, what problems does blockchain technology solve, and how big can crypto get?

How this document is organized

Not everyone learns in the same way. Some people want to watch a video, while others prefer to read an article or listen to a podcast. We’ve therefore arranged our Intro to Crypto list by medium:

  1. Blogs
  2. Podcasts
  3. Videos & Movies
  4. Research Reports
  5. Books
  6. Newsletters
  7. Papers
  8. Other learning resources

Our Intro to Crypto list includes references that have been well received by newcomers and stood the test of time. However, there are undoubtedly many other great resources not on the list, and given the rapidly evolving nature of crypto new important sources regularly emerge. If you feel something essential is missing please let us know.

1. Blogs / Articles

Wences Cesares:

John Pfeffer:

Marc Andreessen:

Marc Bevand:

Chris Dixon:

Balaji Srinivasan:

Nick Szabo:

Naval Ravikant:

Adam Ludwin:

2. Podcasts:


Laura Shin:

Unchained — general coverage of crypto industry

Unconfirmed — Laura Shin’s shorter series

Tim Ferris:


3. Videos & Movies

Short, less than 2-minute intro:

Documentaries / Movies (introductory and early bitcoin history):

Learning Series — Khan Academy:

Ted Talk:

Epicenter: Interviews with CTOs / founders of different coins/protocols are useful for deeper dives, such as this one with Olaf Carlson-Wee from PolyChain:

4. Research Reports

5. Books

General introduction:


Early bitcoin history

Cryptography introduction / cypherpunk history

Relevant academic literature

Relevant fiction

6. Newsletters / Mailing Lists

Daily News:

Weekly recap:

Data analysis:

Decentralized Finance (DeFi) / Ethereum focussed

Fund manager research / perspective

Technical / developer

7. Papers (academic/protocol/technical)

8. Other learning resources


Misc. curated lists and other resources:

For more insights from our research team, go to our Research page and follow our Head of Research, Garrick Hileman on Twitter.


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