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The story of the idealists, technologists, and opportunists fighting to bring cryptocurrency to the masses. In their short history, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have gone through booms, busts, and internecine wars, recently reaching a market valuation of more than $2 trillion. The central prom...

The story of the idealists, technologists, and opportunists fighting to bring cryptocurrency to the masses.

In their short history, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have gone through booms, busts, and internecine wars, recently reaching a market valuation of more than $2 trillion. The central promise of crypto endures—vast fortunes made from decentralized networks not controlled by any single entity and not yet regulated by many governments.

The recent growth of crypto would have been all but impossible if not for a brilliant young man named Vitalik Buterin and his creation: Ethereum. In this book, Laura Shin takes readers inside the founding of this novel cryptocurrency network, which enabled users to launch their own new coins, thus creating a new crypto fever. She introduces readers to larger-than-life characters like Buterin, the Web3 wunderkind; his short-lived CEO, Charles Hoskinson; and Joe Lubin, a former Goldman Sachs VP who became one of crypto’s most well-known billionaires. Sparks fly as these outsized personalities fight for their piece of a seemingly limitless new business opportunity.

This fascinating book shows the crypto market for what it really is: a deeply personal struggle to influence the coming revolution in money, culture, and power.

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Number of Pages: 496

ISBN: 1541763017

ISBN-13: 9781541763012


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Laura's book is part-drama and part-comedy, and very eye-opening about how some of the more insane and disruptive tech of recent years was created.

Book review: The Cryptopians (by @laurashin ) The Cryptopians includes fascinating behind the scenes details on the early days of Ethereum. Best book on crypto/Ethereum A MUST BUY!!

Laura’s book is amazing. A more detailed look at Ethereum itself. I spent more time in the leading up to Eth, with open source, p2p, btc, why decentralization matters, and eth’s impact with a larger section devoted to ICOs and DeFi. I think they complement each other very well :)