Bitcoin
What is Bitcoin?
 Decentralized, distributed currency
 No third-party like a bank or Paypal
 Based on public/private ke...
History
 Satoshi Nakamoto originator
 Individual or group?
 Seminal paper published Oct. 2008
 Pizza bought for 10,000...
Software
 PC Desktop:
 Bitcoin-QT
 Multibit
 Electrum
 Mac Desktop
 Bitcoin-QT
 Multibit
 iPhone
 Blockchain
 An...
Try it!
 Try downloading a client, Electrum, and installing it
on the PC in front of you.
 Try installing a client on yo...
Exchanges
 MtGox
 Pros: lots of buyers
 Cons: hard to extract money; Japanese; often down
 Bitstamp
 Pros: large audi...
Try it!
 Try signing up for an account on:
 Coinbase
 Bitstamp
 Send yourself some money
Security
 Two-factor authentication
 Choosing good passwords (combine „em!)
 Keyphrase reminders
 Create new wallets a...
Mining
 CPUs vs. GPUs
 Mining Pools and clients
 Bitminter
 GUIMiner
 Butterfly Labs ASIC hardware
Reference: https:/...
Resources
 reddit.com/r/bitcoin
 bitcointalk.org
 weusecoins.com
Alternatives
 Litecoin
 “Altcoins”
 Ripple
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Buying and selling bitcoin. Installing the software and transacting. Contact AcademyX (www.academyx.com) for more info.

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Bitcoin Workshop

  1. 1. Bitcoin
  2. 2. What is Bitcoin?  Decentralized, distributed currency  No third-party like a bank or Paypal  Based on public/private key cryptography  Somewhat anonymous  in terms of who‟s sending and receiving money  Transactions are public though  Good for porn, drugs, money laundering  Deflationary currency  Only 21 million bitcoins can exist  Inflation while more bitcoins are mined until it slows down  Gold 2.0? Reference: https://weusecoins.com
  3. 3. History  Satoshi Nakamoto originator  Individual or group?  Seminal paper published Oct. 2008  Pizza bought for 10,000 BTC May 2010  MtGox established July 2010  Etc. Reference: https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/History
  4. 4. Software  PC Desktop:  Bitcoin-QT  Multibit  Electrum  Mac Desktop  Bitcoin-QT  Multibit  iPhone  Blockchain  Android  Bitcoin Wallet Reference: http://bitcoin.org/en/choose-your-wallet
  5. 5. Try it!  Try downloading a client, Electrum, and installing it on the PC in front of you.  Try installing a client on your smartphone:  Blockchain for iPhone  Bitcoin Wallet on Android  Send money between the accounts! Let me know if you need a loan Post your public wallet addresses here: http://bit.ly/1d3rGNq
  6. 6. Exchanges  MtGox  Pros: lots of buyers  Cons: hard to extract money; Japanese; often down  Bitstamp  Pros: large audience  Cons: does not offer Litecoin  Coinbase  Pros: simple, easy for US buyers  Cons:  Localbitcoins  Pros: no traces! Transaction immediate. Meet new people.  Cons: Sometimes sketchy!
  7. 7. Try it!  Try signing up for an account on:  Coinbase  Bitstamp  Send yourself some money
  8. 8. Security  Two-factor authentication  Choosing good passwords (combine „em!)  Keyphrase reminders  Create new wallets and transfer balances
  9. 9. Mining  CPUs vs. GPUs  Mining Pools and clients  Bitminter  GUIMiner  Butterfly Labs ASIC hardware Reference: https://www.weusecoins.com/en/mining-guide
  10. 10. Resources  reddit.com/r/bitcoin  bitcointalk.org  weusecoins.com
  11. 11. Alternatives  Litecoin  “Altcoins”  Ripple
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