Bitcoin is a new and exciting opportunity, but it’s totally different than the money you are used to. Many people jump into Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies without a solid understanding of the tech or what it represents. Don’t invest a significant amount of money into bitcoin without doing your own research. *this collection of links is adapted from Lopp.net’s list.

Begin Here

History of Bitcoin

Mining

Bitcoin mining is highly specialized and requires a large capital investment. It’s not for the brand new bitcoiner, unless you’re using it to learn.

Security

Getting a Wallet

Choose a wallet here – bitcoin.org is Satoshi’s original site and these wallets have been checked by Core developers.

ATTENTION:

  • Never put more than spending money into a mobile wallet
  • Never use blockchain(dot)info wallet
  • Avoid Coinbase if possible

My recommendations:

Decentralized Exchanges

  • Bisq – (formerly Bitsquare) – downloadable client, decentralized orderbook and matching
  • Altcoin.io – (coming soon) – A decentralized exchange using segwit scaling and atomic swaps
  • Counterparty Dex – The original decentralized exchange for tokens on bitcoin
  • Komodo Platform – (coming soon) – A decentralized exchange using segwit scaling and atomic swaps, you can list your coin today

Price and Trading

Realtime Bitcoin Visualizations

Bitcoin Statistics

Technical Resources

Discussion Forums

Altcoins Aren’t Bitcoin

Many new people to cryptocurrency see the high price of bitcoin and relatively low price of altcoins and think about buying altcoins instead of bitcoin. There is one Bitcoin, with 21 million bitcoins, don’t be fooled into buying an alternative coin that has none of the world changing aspects of Bitcoin. This is a list of some altcoin discussions I’ve found that will help you understand the inferiority of altcoins.

Bitcoin’s Future

Lightning Network

Lightning is the next generation bitcoin transaction layer. Bitcoin is a great store of value with payments possible. However, transactions on the base layer are encumbered by many necessary factors in bitcoin’s design. Lightning brings instant scale to transactions.

Run a Full Node

Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer (p2p) network. It’s supported and ruled by those peers/users. To support the decentralization and the proper functioning of incentives consider running a full node. It’s not the same as mining, and can be done relatively cheaply, about $3/mo.