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Ben Mezrich – Bitcoin Billionaires – Non-fictie

Bitcoin Billionaires van Ben Mezrich is het verbijsterende verhaal van de broers Winklevoss, de allereerste bitcoin-miljardairs.

In 2004 klaagden Tyler en Cameron Winklevoss Facebook-oprichter Mark Zuckerberg aan. Na hun confrontatie komen ze er al snel achter dat op zakelijk vlak niemand met ze in zee wil, uit angst de Facebo
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Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published June 12th 2019 by Luitingh Sijthoff
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Liz
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a fascinating book.
Although I have heard quite a bit lately about 'bitcoins' and cryptocurrencies, I really didn't understand any of it and actually had little interest in learning about it. However, this story drew me in. Not only did it enlighten me about this financial world, its radical new technology and its unusual characters but it presented it in a way that read like griping fiction. It's a story that could impact us all and the end isn't in sight yet.
I won an advance
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Crystal Zavala
I did not read Accidental Billionaires before I read this book. I honestly had no idea that these books had any relation to one another. I picked up the book because I thought that I would learn more about bitcoin and how it works.

This book felt like a love letter to the Winklevoss twins and a hate letter to Mark Zuckerberg. The first 20 percent of the book was about how Zuckerberg "f*cked them in the ear". I could have done without this whole section of the book. It could have simply been Zucke
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Omar Delawar
Jun 23, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had to stop reading this book half-way due to the overwhelming buttering up and ass-kissing of the Winklevoss twins. I am not sure how much the author received from the twins to write this book but it is so far from the truth you'd think Fox News has some competition in that space. The author makes it seem like the Winklevoss twins were responsible for the rise of bitcoin, that they are some type of geniuses, WTF man? What a waste! I did enjoy the "Accidental Billionaires" book Mezrich wrote b ...more
Author Annabelle Leigha
I'm still not clear on what BitCoin is. I know it's still a bit controversial and I can't afford it. This book was well written. It made me feel like a fly on the wall for all the of the major events with the Winklevoss twins, and major players. I highly recommend as it has made me more curious about this. Also, if my mother is asking about it I should probably study up! Although, if mommy has enough money to want more information maybe I should ask her to buy me some.
Jo-Ann Duff (Duffy The Writer)
From the New York Times, bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires (the inspiration for The Social Network movie) comes the fascinating story of Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss.

I was aching to read Bitcoin Billionaires, even contacting the publisher directly for a review copy. I’ve not read Ben Mezrich’s previous book Accidental Billionaires, but I watched and loved The Social Network movie and even felt a tad sorry for the privileged, handsome, smart Winklevoss twins. I was definitely intr
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Mehrsa
Jul 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mezrich has clearly drunk the whole pitcher of Bitcoin koolaid. This book reads as an infomercial on bitcoin and the Vinklevii so it's interesting if you are a full on convert. I am not so I LOLed my way through many parts of the book. Also, though Mezrich paints the Vinklevii as super smart and hard working and moral all of that, there was literally no evidence in the book to back up that claim.
britt_brooke
So, how many bitcoins did the “Winklevii” send to Mezrich in exchange for this kiss-ass redemption story? He did not paint the twins in this manner in The Accidental Billionaires. One wonders. 🤔 Anyway, that aside, the writing is good, the story is compelling, but I still can’t wrap my head around the purpose of cryptocurrency (Bitcoin in particular). It just seems like a complex and volatile game of skirting regulations.
Enzo Santos
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bitcoin Billionaires is one of the few books that talks about Bitcoin from the perspective of known personalities (with a non libertarian background) - Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss aka Winklevii. It gives a perspective that is not as concentrated on economics, technicals, and hype that most crypto books have.

From the very beginning, it tells a well-known story (with surprising insights) about the Zuckerberk-Winklevii Facebook battle. The book thus intertwines their battle with their discovery o
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Jill Meyer
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I honestly can’t tell you what Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are even after reading “Bitcoin Billionaires” by Ben Mezrich. That has far more to do with my ignorance of anything financial and less to do with the author’s work. However, I do know a bit about Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss and some other crypto fanatics, including a Syrian-Jewish guy in his mid-20’s named Charlie.

The Winklevoss Twins, also referred to as the Winklevii to those in the know, are known to those in the know because
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Evan Nordquist

Meh. Being non-fiction, I was hoping to learn something, but I didn't.

The "heroes" of this story are the Winklevoss twins (the rowers who sued Mark Zuckerburg for stealing their idea). This story has no like-able characters.

One part amazing, 35 parts filler.

It had one amazing chapter on the elaborate way they secured the crypto keys to their bitcoin wallet. They bought several laptops and a printer as disposable one-time-use items. One laptop to download the Bitcoin software and put the progr
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Liz
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. In fact ALL of Ben Mezrich’s books I’ve read I’ve thoroughly enjoyed. I always learn so much after reading his books! With that said....Bitcoin Billionaires would have been so much better if I could really fully understand Bitcoin and cryptocurrency. This is in no way the authors fault. This book is not intended to get into the finer points of exactly how cryptocurrency works. I think my lack of knowledge in the inner workings of Bitcoin made some parts of this book a ...more
Heather
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mrrwwaaabbiud!&$###!! Okay I feel better getting that out. Ben Mezrich frustrates me. His writing reminds me of reading a Hardy Boys novel. In fact if you’re interested in reading this book go ahead and prepare for the dry cleaned adventures of swell chums Frank and Joe, I mean Tyler and Cameron, as in the infamous Winklevoss twins. That’s really what this book is about, because I would be kidding to tell you it’s actually about Bitcoin (whether in upper case Bitcoin or lower case bitcoin). ...more
Darnell
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
The ingredients that form this book:
* 25% Puff piece for the Winklevoss twins
* 40% Drama surrounding the development of Bitcoin
* 10% Information about the development of Bitcoin
* 20% Descriptions of parties
* 5% Analysis of anything

Also, this is unfair, but the author photo has double popped collars and mirror sunglasses.
Katie/Doing Dewey
Summary: A fun, light read that could make a great movie, but has little substance.

After a legal battle to receive recognition for their contribution to Facebook's founding, the Winklevoss twins were treated as pariahs in Silicon Valley. They still believed in their ability to develop a successful tech startup though and eventually found an intriguing new idea to invest in with bitcoin. Not only did they invest in a startup, the poured their own money into bitcoin. This gave them front row seats
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Liz M
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I cannot believe this book is reviewing at average 4 stars.

Bitcoin Billionaires paints the Winklevoss twins as automomous robots, with no flaws, no motives, and no personal interests. We are to imagine two Calvin Klein mannequins that can do no wrong vs. the world (everyone else is portrayed negatively; ranging from hot-mess to evil manipulative world-dominators).

What should have been a character story, underlying an immense drama playing out on a world stage, was an overarching story arc of the
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Warren Mcpherson
The story of the Winklevoss twins introduction and entry to the bitcoin industry.
I think their fans would find it a well-told, interesting and informative story. I thought it was a little fawning and was disappointed it didn't have more to say about Gemini. There was little in the book that would be new to people who have been paying attention to the space in the last few years. That said, I think many people will find it entertaining.
Tanya
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

It was a really informative read. I still don't understand cryptocurrency, but it helped me understand more of the why behind it. It is primarily focused on the Winklevoss brothers, but the narrative included most of the important game players.

Docked .5 star for over-dramatization of little details that weren't necessary and made it a little soap opera-ey.
Abhinav
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seemed like the author was a little biased towards the Winklevoss twins, but this book really explained how bitcoin worked, and its progress through the years. I disliked charlie shrem, because of his overall personality to get everything without any work. He stole 5000 bitcoin, and still got away with a 45 million dollar net worth. He went out partying till 6 AM, when there was a meeting at 9. He went to Panama in the middle of a meeting to pitch to a billionaire and got arrested for money laun ...more
Andrea
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Bitcoin Billionaires: A True Story of Genius, Betrayal, and Redemption by Ben Mezrich was an enlightening read. Prior to reading this, all I knew was that bitcoin was a thing. That said, this taught me so much. The story primarily revolves around the Winklevoss twins (yes, those Winklevoss twins). After settling with Zuckerberg, they're trying to figure out what might be next for their business ventures. They then learn about b
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Mark
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story. Doesn't cover really an educational or philosophical side of bitcoin. But it covers the different mind sets of early adopters and the conflict of bitcoin between those who want government involvement and those who don't.
Stephanie
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating read!
Davina
Jul 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Still not sure that I could explain exactly how bitcoin works but Mezrich does a great job of creating characters of the individuals profiled in this book and constructing an engaging narrative.
Savyasachi Jagadeeshan
If you are looking to read a book about what Bitcoin is and how it works, this isn't the book for you. However, if you'd like to read a nail-biting true story that gives shows a fairly accurate timeline of the life of Bitcoin, and the prominent people involved in it in USA, this is the perfect book.

Who knew that stories about technology could be so nail-biting!
Reader_27
**I received this book as part of a giveaway contest here on Goodreads***

I actually really enjoyed this book!

As a fan of Ben's Mezrich's The Accidental Billionaires, Initially I assumed this would be a "The Accidental Billionaires Part 2: The Wrinklevoss Edit".

But, nope. What Ben does in this book is flesh out the Wrinklevoss' so we have a fuller understanding of who they and where they truly come from...and what they did to find their own place in digital business. Along the way we meet other
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Correen
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating story of the Winklevoss twins, their unhappy dealings with Zuckerberg, and their foray into Bitcoin. There's lots of money in the story!
Sue
May 31, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read something that pointed me to this book -- I wish I could remember what.

This is a gossipy, celebrity-fawning book about people who try to make a killing in bitcoin. Characters are "real people" with QUIRKS and GRUDGES. Events pack DRAMA and TENSION and INFIGHTING. Chapters are structured to SURPRISE you with TWISTS and even TURNS. We go to IBIZA; PANAMA CITY, BURNING MAN. We're surrounded by MODELS.

Lots of girls, only one working woman in this tale of bros.

The Social Network was based on a
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Tina Marga
Interesting but not an easy read. While the bitcoin story of Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss in itself intrigues, it is obvious that the author received most information from this twin and not from the other main players in the Bitcoin field. I do not think e.g. that any justice is done to Charlie, the person that started with trading in Bitcoin at a very young age. The same holds for Larry Summers, who is described in a disgraceful way while the book does not reveal that the Winklevii arranged the ...more
Ampersand Inc.
I haven’t read Mezrich’s previous book (though I want to now!). This one did an excellent job of explaining the history behind bitcoin and cryptocurrency in a compelling fashion.
Michael
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I received a free advance copy of the book from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.

So confession time - I never read Mezrich's book about Facebook, though I did see the movie. But I have some of Mezrich's other works - both fiction and nonfiction.

Overall this is a really solid examination of the second act (?) of the Winklevoss twins, and how their own lives intersected with the early years of the BitCoin movement. There's some finance in here, but not too much; there's tech-speak (inc
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Phil Simon
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business
I've read a bunch of Mezrich's prior works and this is right up there with the best of them. As usual, he unfolds the story nicely and builds suspense throughout.

I was aware of many of the events around Bitcoin but certainly not as intimately as I am now. I'm also grateful that my perspective on the Winklevosses is more refined. Mezrich humanizes them in a way that the media simply hasn't.

I do question the extent to which things happened in the order presented. To be fair, Mezrich provides a d
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“Tyler was to his left, and to his right were the three other witnesses who had joined them for the headlining session of the first day of testimony. Directly next to Cameron sat Fred Wilson, a seasoned venture capitalist veteran who had moved into the cyber currency space in a big way, with the countenance of someone who had seen a number of technology waves, including the first dot-com boom and bust. Next to Wilson, the up-and-comer venture capitalist Jeremy Liew, a partner at Lightspeed Venture. And at the end of the bench, Barry Silbert, the founder and CEO of the startup SecondMarket.” 0 likes
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