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The Basics of Bitcoins and Blockchains


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In 2013, Antony Lewis became so interested in a niche online currency called Bitcoin, he left a conventional banking career to join a little startup called itBit. itBit is a bitcoin exchange, a website where clients can buy and sell bitcoins, and was one of the first wave of venture capital funded companies in the nascent cryptocurrency industry. After itBit, Antony privately consulted to clients mainly in the finance and consulting sectors, writing papers and running workshops to explain this new technology to curious professionals. In 2016 Antony joined R3, a financial industry consortium created to collaboratively explore the benefits of blockchain technology. As Director of Research, he explores and explains the evolving concepts and technologies to clients, policymakers, and the public. Antony currently sits on the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission's FinTech Advisory Group panel. Before bitcoins and blockchains, Antony was a technologist at Credit Suisse in London and Singapore having started his banking career as an FX spot trader at Barclays Capital in 2007. Antony lives in Singapore with his wife Sarah and their two children and blogs at www.bitsonblocks.net.


"[A] comprehensive overview of the fundamentals. One of the few recommended readings for my new staff." --Yusho Liu, Cofounder, Coinhako
"A delightful read that cuts the hype, finds the signal in the noise, and fires on all cylinders from front to back." --John Collins, fintech advisor
"A great resource for anyone who wants to understand what blockchain and cryptocurrency is really all about." --Paul Griffin, Associate Professor, School of Information Systems, Singapore Management University
"A useful, usable and enjoyable read. Antony helps us all clearly understand the mechanics of bitcoin and blockchain." --Rob Findlay, Founder, Next Money
"An engaging, clear, and authoritative guide to the applications and implications of blockchains." --Greg Wolfson, Head of Business Development at Element Group
"Einstein said that 'if you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.' Antony clearly understands and articulates the basics of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies." --Colin Platt, Co-Host Blockchain Insider Podcast & DLT/Cryptocurrency Researcher
"My family asked me to explain what I do, I gave them a copy of this book. Antony explains cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies clearly and articulately, whilst remaining witty." --Colin Platt, Co-Host Blockchain Insider Podcast & DLT/Cryptocurrency Researcher
"One of the few credible books I suggest when people ask 'where can I learn about bitcoin?' [It is an] excellent, level-headed primary on everything crypto. I've been in the space for quite some time and I still learned from The Basics of Bitcoins and Blockchains." --Zennon Kapron, Managing Director, Kapronasia
"The first book that I've seen that really breaks down concepts. [An] excellent insight into the key concepts and real-world implications of bitcoin and blockchain." --Zennon Kapron, Managing Director, Kapronasia

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