Blockchain Bubble or Revolution Review
“Whether you are bearish or bullish on crypto, Bubble or Revolution brilliantly articulates both sides of the argument and offers well researched insight on the future of blockchain technology.”
— Mike Novogratz, Founder of Galaxy Investment Partners; Former Partner @ Goldman Sachs
“Bubble or Revolution is a must read for anyone interested in understanding both the immense potential AND profound obstacles associated with blockchain technology.”
— Mike Rowan, Chief Product Officer @TechStars
From the Back Cover
There are few technologies as divisive as blockchain. Expert opinions range from it being “a scam” to “most important invention since the internet.” It’s hard to tell who’s right. Authored by 3 Product Managers from Google, Microsoft, and Facebook, Bubble or Revolution cuts through the hype and offers a balanced, accurate assessment and analysis of blockchain technology.
The book begins by demystifying the history of blockchain and how it works; dives into economic, political, and social challenges and opportunities around blockchain using an applied case study approach and featuring insights from exclusive interviews with nearly one hundred tech industry leaders.
Bubble or Revolution will enable you to thoroughly understand the blockchain ecosystem and knowledgeably make a decision for yourself on whether it is a bubble or a revolution.
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Some experts say that cryptocurrencies and blockchains are just a scam; others say they’re “the most important invention since the internet.” It’s hard to tell who’s right. Authored by Product Managers from Google, Microsoft, and Facebook, Bubble or Revolution cuts through the hype to offer a balanced, comprehensive, and accessible analysis of blockchains and cryptocurrencies.You’ll learn the core concepts of these technologies and understand their strengths and weaknesses from real-world case studies; dive deep into their technical, economic, political, and legal complexities; and gain insights about their future from exclusive interviews with dozens of tech industry leaders. No coding or math needed!Are cryptocurrencies and blockchains a bubble or a revolution? We’ll help you decide for yourself.What’s inside:Bitcoin and the blockchainHow Bitcoin and blockchains work from a technical perspective with no assumed technical knowledgeSatoshi Nakamoto and the history of Bitcoin, the original blockchainA thorough overview of crucial crypto concepts (eg. blocks, keys, mining, nodes, etc.)Frameworks for understanding when it actually makes sense to use blockchainMajor application scenarios for blockchain and cryptocurrencies and where it’ll fall flatPublic blockchains and altcoinsEmerging trends in blockchain technologyWhat you should know before buying any cryptocurrencyAn overview of Etherum and smart contracts An overview of the strengths and weaknesses of the top altcoins and stable coins, including Monero (XMR), Tether (USDT), and Bitcoin Cash (BCH)Alternatives to blockchain and cryptocurrenciesNew kinds of decentralized ledger technology (dlt)The economics of both traditional payment methods and cryptocurrenciesCryptocurrency security best practices and major breach case studies Private blockchainsHow blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and traditional banking and finance will interact with one another in the futurePublic blockchains vs private blockchains Limitations and shortcomings of public blockchains and cryptocurrenciesThe role of blockchain in the strategy of top tech companies like Facebook and Microsoft Case studies of how non-tech companies are effectively utilizing blockchain (eg. Walmart using it to prevent foodborne illness) Business blockchain case studies ranging from gaming (e.g. Xbox) to cloud services (e.g. Microsoft Azure’s blockchain-as-a-service and Amazon’s AWS offering)Blockchain’s use for big data, internet of things (IoT), and machine learning (ML)Cryptocurrency regulation and policyICOs vs STOs vs IPOsICOs’ status as securitiesThe SEC’s STO rules and Reg A+/CF/D/SKYC and AML lawsThe debate over whether cryptocurrencies are securitiesThe official stance of various countries on crypto An overview of crypto policy and regulatory hurdles The role of crypto in emerging markets and ChinaDigital democracy and voting on the blockchainThe future of decentralized technologyIf, how, and when the tokenization of national currencies will play outFacebook and WhatsApp’s upcoming cryptocurrenciesCurrency tokenization and China’s efforts to tokenize the yuanBlockchain, IoT, and the tangleCryptocurrencies vs. fiat vs. the gold standardPredictions about the future of money, business, and currencyWhy blockchains would do better on Mars than Earth