Crypto and decentralized finance (DeFi) moves quickly, very quickly. So here's our hand picked list of the best guides, articles, videos, and other resources to help you navigate cryptocurrency, blockchain technology, DeFi, decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs), and web 3.
You can also find our non-fungible token (NFT) guide here: NFT reading list.
Introductory guides and explainers
An Intro to Crypto: Building Blocks by Linda Xie
An introductory video to crypto (currencies, tokens, and networks) – from the quest for digital money and history of Bitcoin, to the emergence of Ethereum and smart contracts.
WTF is The Blockchain? by Mohit Mamoria
A plain English guide to understanding blockchain technology.
How does Ethereum work, anyway? by Preethi Kasireddy
Explains how blockchains and Ethereum work at a technical level, but in an accessible way, without any complicated maths.
But how does bitcoin actually work? by 3Blue1Brown
A video explaining the basic technology and maths behind Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
What is DeFi? by Argent
Our simple guide to the latest revolution in finance.
Crypto Glossary by Alex Pruden and Sonal Chokshi
Does what it says on the tin: defines the key concepts and terms related to cryptocurrency and blockchain technology – everything from nodes to gas to miners.
History and foundations
Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System by Satoshi Nakamoto
The original Bitcoin white paper from 2008. It’s quite short and surprisingly accessible for beginners.
Ethereum Whitepaper by Vitalik Buterin
The original Ethereum whitepaper from 2013, setting out Ethereum’s vision.
Beyond the basics
Mastering Bitcoin by Andreas Antonopoulos
This book is aimed at developers, but anyone with a basic understanding of technology can read the first two chapters to get a good grasp of Bitcoin.
Mastering Ethereum by Andreas Antonopoulos and Gavin Wood
Again, this book is mostly intended for coders wanting to learn how to develop smart contracts and decentralized applications, but the first few chapters work as an in-depth introduction to Ethereum for non-coders.
The big picture and big ideas
The Meaning of Decentralization by Vitalik Buterin
Explains what decentralization is, the different types and why it’s desirable.
Why Decentralization Matters by Chris Dixon
Explains the different eras of the internet, what decentralization is, and why it will win.
The future of decentralized finance by Linda Xie
Where DeFi is headed and some of the interesting possibilities that could come next.
Making Sense of Web 3 by Josh Stark
Explains the web 3 vision – a vision of a new, better internet – in clear, simple terms.
Crypto’s Consumer Era by Kinjal Shah
How crypto is poised to define the next consumer transformation and become more mainstream.
An Overview of the Crypto Wallet Landscape by Richard Chen
Gives an overview of the crypto wallet ecosystem and highlights some of the recent improvements in wallet user experience.
Blockchain Bridges: Building Networks of Cryptonetworks by Dmitriy Berenzon
Explains the concept of bridges – connections between different cryptonetworks – why they are important and what the future holds.
Decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs)
A beginner’s guide to DAOs by Linda Xie
Explains what a DAO is, their future use cases, and potential issues.
DAO Landscape by Cooper Turley
Gives an overview of the DAO landscape, and the relationship between financial and social capital.
Making Sense of Ethereum’s Layer 2 Scaling Solutions by Josh Stark
Discusses the scaling challenges of Ethereum (and all public blockchains) in general, before delving specifically into “off-chain” or “layer 2” solutions.
What is Layer 2 on Ethereum? by Argent
Our guide to layer 2 and how it will help everyone enjoy cheaper fees (gas) and faster transactions with Ethereum.
Crypto Startup School by Andreessen Horowitz
A free course of lectures, fireside chats, and reading material for those looking to get started in crypto.
Solidity, Blockchain, and Smart Contract Course by freeCodeCamp.org
A free course that gives you an introduction to blockchain, smart contracts and DeFi, so you can start building your own contracts and applications with Solidity and Python.
CryptoZombies by Clever Flare
Learn to make smart contracts in Solidity or Libra by making your own crypto-collectibles game.
If you want to dive deeper still, take a look at Andreessen Horowitz's Crypto Canon, and our other Learn guides. And if you’ve got questions, join our Discord to chat with other Argent users about all things crypto and DeFi.
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