While the big cryptocurrency gold rush feels like its over - after a couple of mad months in which everyone and their mum, literally, couldn’t stop talking about bitcoin - it very much isn’t going away, and those who see it as much more than a quick flash-in-the-pan gambling opportunity will be delighted to see prices rising again after a pretty grim start to the year.
We’ve probably all read countless ‘How does bitcoin work?’ and ‘Seriously, what the fuck actually is blockchain though?’ articles, each one seemingly more confusing than the next, which is why we welcome the creation of the Crypto Canon, a new website from Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, which holds all the information you could ever want to know about bitcoin, ethereum, ripple and all their pals in one handy place.
The site - brought to our attention by Lifehacker - is essentially a collection of well-sourced, well-explained articles, taking you from the very basics of understanding what cryptocurrency actually is, right up to how to create your very own coin, and everything in between.
It covers the history of crypto, the matter of security, and a range of opinions from different experts on why and how it matters. Essentially, if you’ve read it all and still end up losing all your money, at least you’ve done it in an educated way.
Crpyto Canon is created by Sonal Chokshi, Chris Dixon, Denis Nazarov, Jesse Walden, and Ali Yahya, and describes itself as such: “Here’s a list of crypto readings and resources. It’s organized from building blocks and basics; foundations (and history); and key concepts and beginners’ guides - followed by specific topics such as governance; privacy and security; scaling; consensus; cryptoeconomics and investing; fundraising and token distribution; decentralized exchanges; stablecoins; and cryptoeconomic primitives (crytocollectibles, curation markets, games).
“We also included a section with developer tutorials, practical guides, and maker stories - as well as other resources, such as newsletters and courses, at the end.”
There’s so much information there that it would probably take months to slog through it all, and it’s constantly being updated, meaning that even which this most helpful of tools, it can still be tough to keep on top of cryptocurrency - that’s just the complicated nature of the beast.