If you are more of the 7th art
So let’s start with the cinema, because yes, Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies have appeared on the surface of the world more than 10 years ago now and the producers of films and documentaries have not missed the opportunity to make it. ‘echo to the larger world. So if you have it over your head to have to explain Bitcoin for the 50th time to your mother, grandmother, cousin, great uncle and so on, take the opportunity to make yourself a Sunday night viewing, this will surely be more efficient.
#1 The rise and rise of bitcoin (2014)
It is starting to date a little, but as the expression says it is in the old jars that we make the best jams. This film of just over 1.5 hours retraces the history of the pioneers of bitcoin. Among them we find Gavin Andresen who was neither more nor less in direct contact with Satoshi Nakamoto the nickname behind which hides the inventory (s) of the number one cryptocurrency and of which no one has yet unraveled the mystery! A film that will allow you to understand the ins and outs around the creation of Bitcoin.
#2 Banking on Bitcoin (2016)
In the direct line of the movie Rise and Rise of Bitcoin while going further in explaining some of the stories around cryptocurrency. The film stops in particular on the arrest of Charlie Shrem, the creator of Bitinstant. The man has been accused of laundering nearly $ 1 million through Silk Road.
# 3 Bitcoin Big Bang: the unlikely epic of Mark Karpeles (2018)
Mt. Gox, does that ring a bell? It is one of the darker names for the bitcoin and cryptocurrency ecosystem. The film tells the story behind the Mt. Gox crypto exchange. At the time, between 2010 and 2014, the exchange operated over 70% of Bitcoin trading volumes worldwide. In 2014 Mt. Gox was the victim of a hack which caused its bankruptcy and the loss of several hundred thousand euros for many investors, sums which are now worth several million at the current BTC price. All eyes turn quickly to the French boss of the company, Mark Karpeles, who himself allegedly orchestrated the hack. Released for lack of evidence, Mark Karpeles appears in the film to tell his truth about the story of Mt. Gox.
#4 Trust Machine: The Story of Blockchain (2018)
Once you understand what Bitcoin is, you have to look at the underlying technology, the blockchain or rather the blockchains. Beyond Bitcoin, hundreds or even thousands of other cryptocurrencies have emerged. This film presents the lives of people who use these cryptocurrencies in real life to pay for products and services, but also the ecosystem that has developed around these cryptocurrencies. The film thus presents the new problems with which the pioneers of cryptocurrencies are confronted.
#5 Deep Web (2015)
With Keanu Reeves in voiceover, this film tells the story of Silk Road, the first darkweb marketplace on which it was possible to pay in Bitcoin. The film focuses in particular on the story of the mysterious character at the head of the Silk road organization: Dread Pirate Roberts and his arrest by the American authorities. With the increase in the price of Bitcoin over the years, the FBI then made one of the largest seizures in their history.
If you are a fan of Netflix series
Rather a series, you are tired of being guided by Netflix’s algorithm, so you have decided to take control of your selection to focus on series that will make you know more about the world of finance. Here is a list that should allow you to occupy a good part of your free time.
#1 Billions (2016)
The series traces the life of Bobby Axelrod, the boss of a billion dollar hedge fund. Follow him on his most extravagant adventures as he is pursued by American justice in a dark case of insider trading. Over 5 seasons and 55 episodes to watch without moderation.
#2 Dirty Money (2018)
Manipulation, corruption, everything you can not imagine around dirty money is presented in this Netflix series which traces the plots organized by the German firm Volkswagen, the banking giant HSBC and its links with the most dangerous Mexican cartels, in short everything goes there in a format that presents a new topic with each episode.
#3 Money, Explained (2021)
An excellent documentary series that explains during each episode a pillar of the current financial world, one of these episodes is devoted to Bitcoin. Whether you are a pro trader or a simple beginner, these fun and educational episodes will teach you more about credit cards, the student debt crisis but also why people like to take bets!
#4 The Big Short (2015)
If you want to immerse yourself in the life of a trader and a hedge fund manager, this award-winning film is for you. And it must be said that the cast is impressive. The story thus focuses on the crisis of 2008, while the markets are racing, Christian Bale in the skin of hedge fund manager realizes that the data shows financial markets on the verge of collapse, he decides to bet against the market.
#5 Steve Jobs : Billion Dollar Hippy (2011)
Next October it will already be the 10th anniversary of the death of Steeve Jobs, the star CEO of the Apple firm valued at several trillion today. Steve Jobs died in 2011 and did not see Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies become mainstream. The documentary features many of Steve Jobs’ partners as well as his friends. The documentary also presents the great entrepreneurial lessons we can learn from Steve Jobs.
If you are passionate about reading
#1 The CryptoMBA
While the cryptocurrency market is becoming institutionalized with the largest banks in the world but also the investment funds that have landed for several years now in the world of cryptocurrencies. This very complete and detailed book written by Frédéric Bonelli, expert with more than 20 years of experience with investors and being himself at the head of his investment fund allows you to move from an actor who follows the market cryptocurrencies from afar to an investor with the keys to understand the market better.
# 2 Blockchain, towards new value chains?
Giving back its letters of nobility to blockchain technology, often misunderstood, this technology is reduced most of the time to ideas of decentralization and trust. This book tells the story of this technology to better understand its ins and outs, from the philosophy it carries within it to the technological revolution that it promises as great as that of the internet. Authors Martin Della Chiesa, François Hiault and Clément Téqui have made this book an important part of your library in the blockchain department.
# 3 Blockchain: a revolution in real estate?
This excellent book presents how blockchain technology has the elements to disrupt the real estate market, which has not yet experienced its uberization phase. Rich in use cases, this book written by Aurélien Onimus details a coming revolution that goes from the reduction of transaction costs to the opening of real estate investment to the greatest number, through the digitization of the sector with a technology blockchain which interfaces with other emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things. Important point: Cointribune wins you this book, enter the contest now!
#4 The Bitcoin standard
This book reviews the fundamentals of the creation of Bitcoin as well as the elements that allowed it to achieve the growth we know today. Historical austria allows us to visualize how technologies over the years have changed the form and function of money from gold standard to standard Bitcoin, Saifedean Ammous explains to us why Bitcoin is essential today.
#5 Decrypting Crypto
Robert Kiyosaki, the author of the famous bestseller Rich Dad Poor Dad is a fan of Bitcoin and he makes it known in a book which addresses the subjects of Bitcoin and the underlying blockchain technology which allows to create the first currency with ‘a reserve value.
And there you have it, a list that should allow you to spend a beautiful hot and studious summer, whether behind your screen or your favorite book. At the beach or in the mountains, cryptocurrencies are everywhere because in essence the ecosystem is decentralized which makes it its strength.