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Why are Crypto Books and Podcasts Important?
Crypto is one of the most evolutionary and rapidly changing industries in the world. What is known and understood today can become dated information next month. This speed of communication is why it is essential always to be learning in crypto.
Books and Podcasts are one of the best ways to form a solid foundation before partaking in the world of crypto along with keeping you up to date on all things crypto. Books provide some of the most reliable information that stands the test of time. From books, you can learn the essentials of blockchain, crypto, trading strategies, and where crypto will be going in the future.
While podcasts generally offer the same things as books, they offer one additional benefit that books can not provide. With a podcast’s ability to be published routinely and often the same day as recording, they are a source for breaking news and up to date market commentary.
Books and podcasts are crucial to any investor, but in crypto, they are necessary for survival in a rapidly evolving industry. A good investor is a well-informed investor, and books and podcasts are an excellent tool for capturing valuable insight into crypto.
Top 3 Crypto Books of 2020
1) The Bitcoin Standard
“The Bitcoin Standard has become the defacto book for introducing people to bitcoin. You can’t talk about bitcoin books without mentioning it.” – Ian Balina, Founder and CEO of Token Metrics
Arriving in 1st place with nearly 40% of the total vote is the crypto book, The Bitcoin Standard. The Bitcoin Standard was published in 2018 and quickly became a staple in the crypto world due to its ability to clearly and concisely describe Bitcoin’s monetary theory.
The book’s author, Dr. Saifedan Ammous, is one of the most credible and experienced scholars in economics. As a result, The Bitcoin Standard has become a staple in every crypto enthusiast’s reading list.
Dr. Ammous holds a Ph.D. in Sustainable Development from Columbia University, an MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics, and a Bachelor of Engineering from the American University of Beirut. He also currently teaches economics at the Lebanese American University and writes research on monetary economics and Bitcoin’s economics through his website.
One of the most attractive aspects of The Bitcoin Standard for both experienced crypto users and those just beginning their crypto journey is how well it describes the economics of Bitcoin. Dr. Ammous does this so well by walking the reader through the foundational economics of Bitcoin and the foundational economics of the various forms of currency throughout history.
The Bitcoin Standard has become the most popular book in the crypto world. This book provides excellent information on cryptocurrencies along with a heavy dose of confirmation bias for crypto HODLers. With his book, Dr. Ammous kickstarted the movement of spreading the news that Bitcoin can solve all the world’s problems.
2) Digital Gold
“Digital Gold is a rabbit hole that once you enter, your mindset about money will change forever. The book does a great job walking readers through the history of bitcoin, the story of the creator – Satoshi Nakamoto, and how its uncrackable cryptography and decentralized organization limits the power of governments and banks and empowers individuals to transfer money around the world safely, anonymously and quickly.” – Diego Lara, Token Metrics Advisor
Coming in 2nd with nearly 25% of the total vote is the crypto book Digital Gold. Digital Gold was written by New York Times reporter Nathaniel Popper and was shortlisted for the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award in 2015.
In Digital Gold, Nathaniel Popper takes a critical look at Bitcoin’s roots, including where it came from, who created it, and who is rising to power in the crypto space. Popper’s book has become one of the most beloved books amongst long-time crypto followers and crypto newbies alike, as it provides one of the most detailed descriptions of Bitcoin’s history.
Like the title suggests, Popper compares Bitcoin to gold as a store of value throughout Digital Gold. While this belief was not incredibly popular during the volatile highs and lows of Bitcoin, the view of Bitcoin as a store of value has surged again with the pandemic.
While Popper does a great job of recounting Bitcoin’s history, Digital Gold is much more than a simple history book. Digital Gold shows where Bitcoin is going as Popper hammers home the message that Bitcoin’s fate rests in the hands of investors and crypto evangelists who continue to work on the project and its surrounding network.
3) The Age of Cryptocurrency
“Whether you’re just getting into cryptocurrency or a seasoned veteran, ‘The Age of Cryptocurrency’ is a must-read book that explores the definition of money and explains the impact that bitcoin will have on our economy and the world at large.” – Ugo Nduaguba, Token Metrics Advisor
Rounding out the group of nominees, in a strong 3rd place, is the crypto book The Age of Cryptocurrency. Written by Wall Street Journal writers Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey, The Age of Cryptocurrency takes a deep dive into crypto’s place in the monetary system.
Published in 2015, The Age of Cryptocurrency functions as both a detailed history of Bitcoin and a thorough explanation of the network. One of the more exciting aspects of the book is when it dives into the stories of the people in crypto. Whether it be the entrepreneurs of crypto of the many oddballs, The Age of Cryptocurrency spares no details, making the book a thoroughly entertaining read.
One of the biggest takeaways from The Age of Cryptocurrency is when Vigna and Casey answer the “why should I care about crypto?” question that many people ask. They answer this by describing bitcoin’s core value proposition to stop the outflow to financial intermediaries and put it back in your pocket.
The Age of Cryptocurrency is a fantastic book that is well worth reading for both those experienced in cryptocurrencies and crypto newbies.
Top 3 Crypto Podcasts of 2020
1) The Pomp Podcast – with Anthony Pompliano
“The Pomp podcast has become possibly the most relevant Business, finance & Bitcoin-related podcast in 2020. Listening to one-hour sessions with guests such as Mark Cuban and Chamath Palihapitiya can almost be as relevant as a college education.” – Diego Lara, Token Metrics Advisor
Coming in 1st place with almost 50% of the total vote is The Pomp Podcast. Anthony Pompliano hosts this crypto podcast, and it has taken the financial world by storm.
Formerly known as Off the Chain, the podcast had to undergo a rebranding when Apple took it down in 2018. Before the takedown, Pompliano’s podcast soared up the rankings to #4 in the US investing category.
The Pomp Podcast is known for taking deep dives into how investors from the digital and traditional financial system view crypto. Pompliano does in a very engaging and informative way by having some of the biggest names in crypto and Wall Street on as guests.
Just recently, Pompliano had Barstool founder Dave Portnoy as a guest for an interview that made waves across the traditional finance, crypto, and sports world.
What makes The Pomp Podcast stand out from every other crypto podcast is the show’s host, Anthony Pompliano. Pompliano is an entrepreneur, social media icon, and investor with Morgan Creek Capital.
Pompliano’s experience in investing with public pensions, endowments, foundations, and family offices on behalf of institutional investors provides a unique intersection of opinions in the crypto space.
2) Untold Stories – with Charlie Shrem
“I’ve had the pleasure of appearing on Untold Stories, and it’s one of the most authentic podcasts in the crypto space. Charlie does a great job delving deep into each guest’s story.” – Ian Balina, Founder and CEO of Token Metrics
Arriving in a distant 2nd place is the crypto podcast Untold Stories. Launched in 2019, Untold Stories is a relatively new podcast, but its star host, Charlie Shrem, has made the program a powerful force in the crypto space.
Charlie Shrem, although controversial, has been an important figure in crypto for a long time. Shrem was a co-founder of the former bitcoin exchange BitInstant and is a founding member of the Bitcoin Foundation.
The Untold Stories podcast is known for Schrem’s dialogue with his guests and his ability to share the deeper levels of their stories to his audience. Shrem routinely dives deep into the guest’s lives and personal histories, who tend to crypto’s most influential leaders.
Shrem’s focus personal stories creates a unique narrative that can not be found anywhere else in the crypto space as it exposes the unseen side of how the crypto movement came to be.
3) Bad Crypto – with Joel Comm and Travis Wright
“Joel and Travis from The Bad Crypto Podcast are well versed in cryptocurrency and entertaining. We co-hosted an event with them in New York back in 2018. Their podcast is best for people who are just getting into crypto.” – Sam Monac, Chief Operating Officer, Token Metrics
After being narrowly edged out by Untold Stories, the crypto podcast Bad Crypto rounds out our group of nominees. Hosted by Joel Comm and Travis Wright, Bad Crypto takes a slightly different approach than other crypto podcasts by incorporating a lot more humor.
With their podcast, Comm and Wright talk everything crypto with the goal of demystifying the crypto world for the masses. Bad Crypto podcasts are created almost exclusively for crypto newbies as they provide excellent and entertaining explanations for the most important crypto topics.
For crypto podcasts, Bad Crypto provides the perfect on-ramp for those just entering the cryptocurrency world. Whether you have questions about Bitcoin, blockchain, altcoins, ICOs, or any other topic, there is an episode for you that will bring you down the rabbit hole that is crypto.
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