Resources

Bitcoin is a new and exciting opportunity, but being totally different than the money you are used to many people jump into Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies without a solid understanding of the tech and the project. Don’t invest a significant amount of money into crypto 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)

My recommendations:

Price and Trading

Realtime Bitcoin Visualizations

Bitcoin Statistics

Technical Resources

Discussion Forums

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.

TumbleBit

“TumbleBit is a new anonymous payments protocol that is fully compatible with today’s Bitcoin protocol. TumbleBit allows parties to make payments through an untrusted Tumbler. No-one, not even the Tumbler, can tell which payer paid which payee.”

 

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.