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While many books explain the how of bitcoin, The Internet of Money delves into the why of bitcoin. Acclaimed information-security expert and author of Mastering Bitcoin, Andreas M. Antonopoulos examines and contextualizes the significance of bitcoin through a series of essays spanning the exhilarating maturation of this technology.

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Kindle Edition, 150 pages
Published August 29th 2016 by Merkle Bloom LLC
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Sep 22, 2017 rated it did not like it

I bought this book, because the work of people like Nick Szabo, Vinay Gupta and Vitalek Buterin is spread all over the Internet in blogs and YouTube videos, whereas this author, also known to be very technically knowledgeable on bitcoins, cryptocurrency and blockchain, compiled all of his lectures into a book with an audio format you could listen to while making breakfast. Unfortunately he doesn't share any real knowledge in these lectures. It's just like a really mediocre TED X lecture a
"The Internet of Money" by Andreas M. Antonopoulos is a solid introduction to the phenomenon of Bitcoin and other decentralized digital currencies. Antonopoulos explores the social, historical, political, economic, and philosophical dimensions of decentralized currencies.

This short book began as a series of presentations - most of which can still be seen via videos on the Internet.

I recommend this book to anyone interested in exploring many of the implications of decentralized currencies.

Feb 03, 2021 rated it liked it
This is a rare book that is in fact just a collection of someone's YouTube videos that others have taken the time to transcribe and publish. Many of the talks are a bit repetitive, but that said I did learn some more about Bitcoin and its existence as effectively an independent public ledger on which people can transcribe transactions that have taken place among these 21 million units of currency. The author is extremely tech-positive and makes good points about networked forms of organization a ...more
Johan Nguyen
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The author must be a poymath to write such an outstanding book that can totally change people’s perspective about money. A must-read in a near-decentralized world
ron btdtbttsawio
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a very engaging book that is based on a series of lectures which can be found on youtube.

The author eloquently and enthusiastically compares bitcoin (which he considers a disruptive technology) with other disruptive technologies such as the automobile, electricity, the internet, and others.

Just as those emerging technologies had to fight the popular misconceptions (for example, why would you buy and drive a car on a muddy road full of potholes with nowhere to buy gas, when you can use a
C. Scott
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very good. If you're interested in Bitcoin or blockchain this is a great place to start learning. Antonopoulos does a nice job knocking down a lot of the critiques you'll hear about Bitcoin as simply flash in the pan or a tulip-frenzy bubble. The author has a real knack for reaching back in history to find relevant metaphors for understanding the kind of potential that Bitcoin represents.

The concept of infrastructure inversion in particular was very eye opening for me. As Antonopoulos describes
Luis Michel
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a great introduction to the esoteric magic internet money. If you don't know what bitcoin is or if you know the basics but want to know more, Mr. Antonopoulos gives us great analogies and information to help us understand the concept and the implications of this technology. I gave it 4/5 because, due to the nature of the book (separate conference talks compiled together), at times I found it a bit repetitive in the beginning of each chapter.

From the moment I became aware of bitcoin as a
Jan 10, 2021 rated it liked it
If you know nothing about bitcoin, you can get some ideas about it from the book. Though it doesn't dive deep into any topic, you might feel unclear after all. Certainly part of this is the fact that Blockchain isn't a straightforward area and needs a lot of time and effort. But also partly you wonder if Andreas could do a better job in at least some of these talks.

As it's a collection of talks, reading gets a bit hard often as there's no audience engagement. And there's quite a bit of repetiti
Eddie Wang
Jul 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Pretty repetitive but overall a good intro to Bitcoin.
Alex Lau
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was ok
Not an entirely useful read as it's essentially a collection of notes from Andreas' YouTube videos, and does not dive deep for Bitcoin enthusiasts, nor does it strongly explain the basics for beginners.

Not sure who the demographic was for this.
Laurent Michiels
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Using analogies with earlier technological disruptions such as automobiles and the Internet, the book explains a rather complex concept in layman's terms. I particularly liked the chapter 'Currency as a Language' (which takes a more philosophical view on currencies) and 'Bitcoin Design Principles' (about skeuomorphic design problems associated with Bitcoin).

Do however not expect an in-depth analysis of the underlying technology or applications. In addition, it's true that the book sometimes repe
Skyler Jokiel
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great collection of talks that will get you excited about blockchain!
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An essential read in 2018 - as the world of "money" is being turned on it's head by crypto currencies like Bitcoin in this once in a generation event, Andreas does a wonderful job of explaining using metaphors based on the "money" systems we are used to and when such metaphors are not applicable. Interesting format - it's a summary of talks he's done. I also strongly suggest watching his talks on video, his passion really comes through. ...more
Sumit Ghosh
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Salman Ansari
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This will change the way you think about Bitcoin, money, and its potential to totally change the way our global economy works. I’m definitely gonna need to read this a few times.

NOTE: This is just a collection of his talks, so if you prefer video those are all available on YouTube. I just like being able to read and highlight etc... though I may end up watching all the talks anyway. I started highlighting which talks to watch in the book, before realizing I was just highlighting them all...incre
Amazing! Bitcoin, the internet of money! Well-written, funny and super-informative.

Some key concepts:

Trustless: evaluate rules without human intervention and be trusted without humans. Independent validation of the blockchain - self-verifying system.

Personless: autonomous financial entity with no human ownership.

The blockchain: Platform with trust functions.
Michal Takac
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Worth every penny

Very good introduction to bitcoin alsp useful for people that do understand what bitcoin is, but do not understand what bitcoin isn't and how it will eventually change the lives of the people.
Jul 29, 2019 rated it liked it
This is just really strong koolaid for the already drunk on bitcoin. He clobbers straw man argument after straw man argument and calls everyone who isn't convinced bitcoin is the answer to all of the world's problems a luddite. ...more
Victor Garcia
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very easy read and great for anybody wanting to get into the crypto space. Mainly for newcomers, if you've been into crypto for a while you'll just blaze through the book. Entertaining read nevertheless, love Andreas' analogies and metaphors. ...more
Jeff Ito
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great primer on Bitcoin

Andreas created a great, informative book on where money stands past, present and future. Bitcoin and it’s blockchain are the first of its kind to become a real cryptographically secure content type for money, which may be mankind’s most commonly traded type of resource.

Who knows what kind of applications will be created in the future utilizing the transparency and seamless technology of the blockchain for business, governments, public use and others. I would recommend Th
Artiom Karsiuk
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
An excellent book on the evolution of the automotive industry, electricity and the Internet. Oh yeah, and... Bitcoin.
I mean, I realize that this book was just a compilation of Andreas' talks, but he really likes drawing parallels between the three and cryptocurrency: it came to a point where [midway through the book] I felt like at rock concert, reciting "the lyrics" word-for-word, when it came to his examples of the universal doubts/ridicule accompanying the development of automobiles, adoption
Oakley Merideth
Sep 14, 2020 rated it did not like it
Wow...this is a remarkably stupid book. I just recently finished The Bitcoin Standard and thought it would be good to learn some more details about this new hard money and its associated technological architecture. This title kept popping up and after merely perusing the table of contents it looked like it would impart some highly valuable information. Well, I read through the first three talks and learned absolutely nothing whatsoever. Instead of detail and clarity you get a vague pitchman who ...more
Tucker Kirven
Mar 19, 2021 rated it liked it
Super meh. The people who deliver you apps that don't work offline because they are always online bring you a series of hype speeches bitcoin that leave you with questions that never get answered.

Sure, bitcoin is decentralized and can be used to transfer value across the world instantly, but if the oft referenced kenyan with his nokia 1000 uses bitcoin and it crashes, he can't just use the next alt coin that pops up. His money is gone. At least when the corrupt government zeros out his bank bal
Dec 26, 2020 rated it liked it
200 pages and not a single criticism of BTC, curious.
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book, or rather collection of transcripts, helps us understand bitcoin at a broad level. It's not the nuts and bolts explanation of how bitcoin works, which means that this is a great introduction for the non-specialist.

Mr. Antonopoulos does an excellent job of using metaphor and historical examples to illustrate the potential of this new technology.

If you want to understand bitcoin in layman's terms, check this out. Einstein said that if you can't explain it simply, you don't know it well
Mark Hillick
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book summarises a set of lectures over the last few years excellent introduction by Andreas. It serves as a guest introduction into Bitcoin, but more so on the philosophical side of things and where Bitcoin fits into the (financial) world.

Thought-provoking and greatly encourages the reader to learn more about Bitcoin. The biggest benefit of the book is that it truly makes Bitcoin accessible to the lay-person.
Fleming Slone
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Great overview of the possibilities that Bitcoin and blockchain technology make possible. Andreas is a true visionary.
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is not a book about Bitcoin. This is a book about today’s society, access to finance and freedom of communication and participation.
Saeed sobhani
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a good book for those who want to know about the merits of bitcoin and other decentralized assets.
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is a collection of transcripts from most famous public talks Andreas Antonopoulos has given. When it comes to cryptocurrencies and Bitcoin Andreas is quite a visionary. So it was fascinating to see how key points of Andreas' talks evolved as Bitcoin got more and more traction. From the very basic concepts and use cases to question of scaling the technology behind Bitcoin.

In every talk, the author uses clear and understandable analogies and historical references to prove his point. The
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Andreas M. Antonopoulos is a technologist and serial entrepreneur who has become one of the most well-known and well-respected figures in bitcoin. He is the author of two books: “Mastering Bitcoin”, published by O’Reilly Media and considered the best technical guide to bitcoin and “The Internet of Money”, a book about why bitcoin matters.

As an engaging public speaker, teacher and writer, Andreas m

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