Introduction to Bitcoin: what is bitcoin and why does it matter?

Andreas is one of the most trusted and entertaining educators in the bitcoin industry. He’s known for his unbiased, honest, easy to understand explanations of complex things – like bitcoin itself. Watch this video to learn what bitcoin is, why it’s different from current systems you already know (like banking), and how it might affect all of us in the future. At the end there are some great questions, ones you’ve probably already asked or will be asking.

This talk is featured in The Internet of Money volume 2, which can be purchased in multiple languages in paperback, ebook, or audiobook:

0:00 Introduction and Mention of “The Internet of Money” book
0:15 Audience Poll: How many of you have used a digital currency like Bitcoin at least once?
1:02 Bitcoin is best demonstrated and experienced
1:39 Forget everything you’ve heard about bitcoin and blockchain
3:48 The reason bitcoin is so fascinating
4:00 Bitcoin isn’t money, the blockchain isn’t a system of currency
5:38 Innovations in money over time
6:13 Bitcoin is a platform of trust, where currency is an application
7:30 Bitcoin is the first completely decentralized system of money, what does that mean?
8:27 Moving from institution-based money to network-based money
10:05 The upcoming innovation explosion
10:56 Bitcoin can be owned by non-persons
12:06 Bitcoin and blockchain technology unifies systems of money
13:30 Prediction: 10’s of thousands, 100’s of thousands of coins to come
16:38 Banking and innovation vs bitcoin and innovation
21:12 It’s not ready yet, bitcoin is complex but it’s getting more accessible
22:35 Do not underestimate bitcoin
25:01 Q&A begins
25:10 What determines the buying power of bitcoin? How does it stabilize, what’s required to stabilize the price of bitcoin? Who can manipulate the value of bitcoin?
28:04 What about hacks? Can you reflect on the dark side of bitcoin that might affect our trust in this new network?
32:28 Where does the supply of bitcoin come from? How can you be sure the bitcoin market doesn’t get oversupplied?
35:00 What advice do you have for non-financial companies that want to experiment with blockchains?

To learn more visit my website and sign up for a FREE Introduction to Bitcoin and Open Blockchains workshop where I’ll teach you more about how to get bitcoin, why the price is different on different exchanges, and much more. You can also earn a certificate of completion!

This talk was presented at the Singularity University’s Innovation Partnership Program (IPP), it was intended to be an entry level talk about bitcoin.

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  1. Great video but have had of crust network $CRU, Crust Network is a decentralized cloud storage provider which was designed to realize our three core values: decentralization, privacy, and assurance, you should really look into it.

  2. i'm glad I got into crypto when I did because it's been a turning point for me financially, been my best decision so far

  3. one thing that Andreas keeps shouting from the rooftops is not yours not your bitcoin/cyrpto FTX collaspes millions of people lost there money just like the banking sector.

    "stop trying to centralize the decentralized currency"

  4. this guy seems like SUCH a douchebag. really pompous and ndemeaning by nature. hopefuylly, its medical and hes in treatment tho.

  5. "Σταματήστε τη συγκέντρωση του αποκεντρωμένου νομίσματος. Σταματήστε να προσπαθείτε να επαναλάβετε το τραπεζικό παρελθόν" τα είπε όλα..

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