Why Bitcoin Matters

Hi folks, today I want to draw your attention to a development that is likely to put everything we thought we knew about money, and our financial system, on the head. This trend is probably a game changer very much like the invention of printing some five hundred years ago. Bitcoin’s inherent nature can be compared to the physical structure of light since it possesses a dual character. It is both, a store of value and a payment protocol.

bitcoin vs western union

What established economists are saying about Bitcoin these days:
m.youtube.com/twatch?v=hrrF6Wz61HE

What freshmen in economy are writing about Bitcoin these days:
Why Bitcoins Have Value, and Why Governments Are Sceptical (University of Oslo)
A Software Engineering Perspective on Cryptocurrencies (University of Mannheim)

What the libertarian view on Bitcoin is:
youtube.com/watch?v=joITmEr4SjY

Why a philantropist played such an important role for the acceptance of Bitcoin:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RnJ3qQu2Es&t=139

Why even the official Greek Finance Minister is in favor of Bitcoin-like currencies:
yanisvaroufakis.eu/2014/02/15/bitcoin-a-flawed-currency-blueprint…

How Bitcoin is explained to students at high ranking universities these days:
youtube.com/watch?v=J8y_GypCWf4

The math and science stuff:
youtube.com/watch?v=O0oDDIy0P2s (James D’Angelo)
bitcoinmagazine.com/19528/threshold-signatures-new-standard-wallet-security/

Bitcoin is empowering people in developing countries:
forbes.com/sites/steveforbes/2015/04/02/how-bitcoin-will-end-world-poverty/
youtube.com/watch?v=BrRXP1tp6Kw (Uganda)
bitcoinmagazine.com/19704/video-opening-bitcoin-funded-well-kenya/ (Kenya)
youtube.com/watch?v=IBWH7Sea3Xo (Kenya)
bitcoinwoman.com/index.php/bit-woman/40-graphic-proposals-for-bwea (Botswana)
sllg.strikingly.com/ (Sierra Leone Liberty Group)
youtube.com/watch?v=17Mk0Q57geU (Bitcoin comes to Africa)
cointelegraph.com/news/113716/online-bitcoin-trading-takes-root-in-africa
deepdotweb.com/2014/10/07/african-countries-set-pioneer-bitcoin-system/

How Bitcoin came into existence:
bitcoin.org/bitcoin.pdf (the 2008 white paper)
thenextweb.com/insider/2015/03/29/a-brief-history-of-bitcoin-and-where-its-going-next/

Bitcoin’s incredible rise since then:
youtube.com/watch?v=T5IdzVCySuM

The most likely candidate who has invented Bitcoin (aka ‘Satoshi‘):
szabo.best.vwh.net/

Who’s driving the development of Bitcoin nowadays:
bitcoinfoundation.org/
bitcoin.org/en/development

Bitcoin’s development visualized:
youtube.com/watch?v=cVGEbtIBxIE

Network map of the Bitnodes:
getaddr.bitnodes.io/nodes/network-map/

We must not not forget the miners and others who provide the Bitcoin infrastructure:
youtube.com/watch?v=K8kua5B5K3I (life inside a secret chinese bitcoin mine)
airbitz.co/
bitcoincloudservices.com/ (cloud services)
bitfury.org/
blockcypher.com/
blocktrail.com/
chain.com/
colu.co/
genesis-mining.com/
handelszeitung.ch/invest/die-grosse-bitcoin-mine-im-kanton-glarus-750252
hashplex.com/
hashrabbit.co/
protact.net/
sfards.com/ (dual-algorithm asic)

A collection of articles, books and videos on the fundamentals of Bitcoin:
cryptocoinsnews.com/30-ways-bitcoin-changes-future-money-forever/
ybitcoin.com/
Mastering Bitcoin
age-cryptocurrency-perfect-introduction-bitcoin-blockchain/
Blockchain: Blueprint for a New Economy
Bitcoin-kurz-gut-Joerg-Platzer
digitalcurrencycouncil.com/library/ (tons of material)
newsbtc.com/2015/03/28/god-is-a-gamer-bitcoin-in-fiction-2/ (a thriller)
coindesk.com/information/bitcoin-glossary/ (glossary)
medium.com/@RadioOpenSource/hard-problems-what-can-we-do-with-bitcoin…
youtube.com/watch?v=KHqfVRuLwCI (Bitcoin for the intelligent layperson)
youtube.com/watch?v=Fv0ETVEZil0 (the Bitcoin phenomenon)

If you prefer audio though why not listen to the Bitcoin Knowledge Podcast:
podcast.runtogold.com/

Bitcoin in the media:
dilbert.com/strip/2015-03-25 (dilbert)
decentral.tv
blogs.wsj.com/moneybeat/tag/bitbeat/ (the wall street journal)
fortune.com/2015/03/06/bitcoin-book-boom/
bitcoinmagazine.com/
insidebitcoins.com/
coindesk.com/news/
cointelegraph.com/
cryptocoinsnews.com/
newsbtc.com/
spelunk.in/

Visit one of the upcoming conferences on Bitcoin:
bitcoin.org/de/events
texascoinitiative.com/

Or join a Bitcoin community:
reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/wiki/communities

Where the hack can Bitcoin be traded at all:
247exchange.com/
bitcoin.de/ (Germany!)
bitfinex.com/
bitbay.net/ (Poland)
bitshares.org/ (dollars, gold, Bitcoin)
bitso.com/ (Mexico)
bitstamp.net/
bitt.com/ (Carribean)
bittiraha.fi/ (Finland)
btc-e.com/
campbx.com/
cex.io/
coinfloor.co.uk/ (UK)
coinsetter.com/ (New York)
criptobanco.io/ (Colombia)
cryptsy.com/
dwvx.com.au/ (Australia)
finccx.com/hp/ (Scandinavia)
huobi.com/ (China)
independentreserve.com/ (Australia)
itbit.com/ (itBit)
melotic.com/#/
trader.flowbtc.com/#/index (Brazil)
kraken.com/ (the kraken that welcomes whales)
quadrigacx.com/ (Canada)
secure.xoin.co.za/ (prepaid Bitcoin in South Africa)
surbtc.com/ (Chile)
zaif.jp/trade_btc_jpy (Japan)

It is even possible to get paid in Bitcoin nowadays:
bitlancerr.com/
bitwage.co/
fiverr.com/
xbtfreelancer.com/

Oh, you possess Bitcoin already and want to let them grow? Lend them:
btcjam.com/
pure-central.com/
pylonloans.com/

You want to avoid headache with your Bitcoin business? Help is under way:
finalhash.com/
try.libratax.com/

Where Bitcoin can be bought the easiest way:
howtobuybitcoins.info/ (select any country of your choice)
anycoindirect.eu/de/ (CA, DE, NL)
azte.co/ (Bitcoin vouchers)
belgacoin.com/
bit4coin.net/de (gutscheine)
bitcoinatm.co.il/ (Israel)
bitcoinbon.at/ (Austria)
bitcoinvenezuela.com/ (Venezuela)
bitflyer.jp/en/ (Japan)
bitnational.com/ (Canada)
bitquick.co/
bitupcard.com/ (Turkey)
btcdirect.eu/de-de/
blog.cex.io/cryptonews-pt/best-way-to-buy-bitcoins…
coincorner.com/
coindesk.com/coinplug-sell-bitcoin-cards-24000-korean-convenience-stores/ (S. Korea)
coinhako.com/ (Singapore)
coinimal.com/ (Deutschland)
coinmama.com/
coinmotion.com/ (Arctic)
coins.co.th/ (Thailand, via mobile)
cryptocoinsnews.com/bitcoin-accepted-7-eleven-mexico/ (Mexico)
gogocoin.com/ (USA)
happycoins.com/en (Europe)
korbit.co.kr/ (Korea)
localbitcoins.com/country/JP (Japan)
quickbitcoin.co.uk/ (UK)
trucoin.com/ (the fastest way to buy bitcoin)

Or earn Bitcoin as you go along playing games on one of your smart devices:
bitcoinmagazine.com/18128/meet-sarutobi-the-flying-bitcoin-collecting-monkey/
tigaragames.com/ (uranus attacks)

Where you can convert your fiat (i.e. paper) money into Bitcoin:
bit2me.com/en/index.html (spain)
btcpoint.com/ (spain)
coinatmradar.com/
firstglobalcredit.com/
lamassu.is/ (hardware)

Where you can convert your Bitcoin into gold (and vice versa):
vaultoro.com/
bitgild.com/
bitgold.com/
coinabul.com/

A selection of wallets to carry Bitcoin with you (but only in small amounts!):
airbitz.co/
bitaddress.org (wallet generator)
bitx.co/ (a simple yet elegant user interface)
app.breadwallet.com/ (breadwallet for ios devices)
bither.net/ (Bither)
coinbase.com/ (coinbase wallet)
play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.coinspace.app (android)
cryptographi.com/ (paper wallets)
darkwallet.is/
electrum.org/#home (electrum wallet)
elliptic.co/our-services/vault/
gowiper.com/ (wiper private chat app)
greenaddress.it/de/ (green address)
expresscoin.com/wallets (even more wallets)
kryptokit.com/bitcoin-wallet-extension/ (chrome browser extension)
mycelium.com/bitcoinwallet (Mycelium)
pheeva.com/
play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ninki.wallet&hl=en (android app)
square.com/cash (square cash)
telebit.org/ (telegram messaging app)
thebrowserbank.com/ (with java script generated keys)
unocoin.com/ (India)
venmo.com/ (make and share payments)
zapgo.co/
zebpay.com/ (wallet for India and beyond)

Alternatively you could develop your own Bitcoin app:
gem.co/
blog.bitpay.com/2015/03/05/bitcore-wallet.html (bitcore wallet suite)
coinigy.com/
coinkite.com/developers
tipbot.blocktrail.com/ (Bitcoin tipbot)

Remittance services and crossborder payment using the Bitcoin network:
aligncommerce.com/
bitpesa.co/ (Africa)
bitquick.com/
bitspark.io/ (Hong Kong)
circle.com/de (circle)
cryptosigma.com/ (Singapore)
goabra.com/ (the first P2P cash transfer app!)
igot.com/ (Australian based IGOT, working in 40 countries)
mexbt.com/ (South Americas)
palarin.com/ (Philipines)
payfast.co.za/ (South Africa)
rebit.ph/ (Philipines)
satoshitango.com/ (Argentina)
vogogo.com/ (payments with built-in risk management)
volabit.com/en (Mexico)
xendit.co/

Examples of gateways between the Bitcoin space and the world of fiat money:
https://bit-x.com/ (Bitcoin mastercard)
bitcoin-wave.com/
bitreserve.org/
cashila.com/ (pay your bills with Bitcoin)
circle.com/de
coinjar.com/
e-coin.io/
hedgy.co/ (blockchain derivatives)
hiveage.com/ (online billing)
neteller.com/ (Bitcoin mastercard)
getonebit.com/ (mastercard paypass payment network)
shiftpayments.com/ (Shift debit card)
simplexcc.com/
xapo.com/campaign/debit/ (Bitcoin Visacard)

Traditional banks which got in touch with Bitcoin so far:
fidor.de/ (Germany)
lhv.ee/ (Estonia)

How Bitcoin can be stored safely on hardware:
ledgerwallet.com/
bitcointrezor.com/
bitsim.co/ (put Bitcoin on any SIM card)
blackarrowsoftware.com/store/ewallet.html
digitalbitbox.com/
mycelium.com/bitcoincard

How to donate Bitcoin on things that really matter:
givebtc.org/
bitgivefoundation.org/
worldaid.org/donate-bitcoin-for-charity/
orphanbracelet.org/ (do ubuntu)
bitcoinagainstebola.org/#!/
bitcoin-spenden.de/
dreambitcoin.org/ (dream bitcoin foundation)
en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Donation-accepting_organizations_and_projects
helperbit.com/ (donate during natural disasters)
london.anglican.org/articles/london-church-becomes-first-to-accept-donations-in-bitcoins/
sendto.mozilla.org/page/content/give-bitcoin/ (mozilla)
tutanota.com/community#donate (tutanota)

What and where to buy with Bitcoin:
bitcoin.travel/
bit-post.com/players/amsterdam-as-a-hub-for-bitcoin-lifestyle-1257 (bitcoin lifestyle)
bitdeals.io/ (the bitcoin deals around)
bitpremier.com/ (the Bitcoin luxury market)
bitrefill.com/ (mobile airtime recharge)
btctrip.com/ (flight booking)
shop.btcs.com/
coindesk.com/information/what-can-you-buy-with-bitcoins/
cryptothrift.com/
getmagicnow.com/ (whatever you want on demand)
privateinternetaccess.com/ (protect your privacy)
somethinggeeky.com/
spendabit.co/

1 Bitcoin (1 BTC) fits all sizes:

  • 1 BTC = 1000 mBTC
  • 1 mBTC (millibitcoin) = 1000 μBTC
  • 1 μBTC (microbitcoin) = 100 satoshis = 1 bit

1 BTC in other currencies:
google.com/finance?q=CURRENCY:BTC

How you can hedge the price risk of Bitcoin:
cryptofacilities.com/

How to go long or short on Bitcoin with leveraged trading:
ig.com/de/bitcoin-handel

Hey, anyone interested in a Bitcoin swaps exchange?
teraexchange.com/

Maybe you are just looking for exposure to Bitcoin in a simple investment vehicle, here you are:
bitcointrust.co/
xbtprovider.com/lang_en (nasdaq sweden)

Where to find data on recent transactions, mined blocks and other statistics:
chainflyer.bitflyer.jp/
chainspotting.co/
changemoney.org/ (bitreserve tool)
coinalytics.co/
blockchain.info/ (good old blockchain)
http://54.88.206.57/ (Orboros)
tradeblock.com/

Payment processors in the crypto currency space:
bitpay.com/
bladefinancial.com/
btc4erp.com/ (bitcoin transaction coordinator)
coinify.com/
coincommerce.co/ (Israel)
coinzone.com/de/
lazypay.co.uk/

litepaid.com/
paystand.com/
polycoin.io/ (Israel)
snapcard.io/
ripple.com/ (opening access to finance)
stellar.org/ (public infrastructure for money)

Public companies with a Bitcoin based business model are listed on the stock exchange:
newnotefinancial.com/
bitcoinshop.us/index.php
digitalbtc.com/

Private Companies with a Bitcoin based business model:
thirdkey.solutions/ (key management solutions)

Tired of reading all the stuff on this page? Why don’t you enjoy gambling a little bit:
betcoin.ag/?a=197
bitcasino.io/
cloudbet.com/en?
fortunejack.com/
jetwin.com/
nitrogensports.eu/

There is of course much more explicit content available in remote corners of the web that can be paid for with Bitcoin, however, this is not a suitable topic for my page but
thebitcoinpage.com/

Some cool applications and use cases based on or related to Bitcoin:
12charge.com/ (worldwide mobile recharge)
artequesta.com/ (storing a work of art’s provenance)
augur.net/ (the future of forecasting)
bitbill.nl/ (pay your bills in bitcoin)
bitcongress.org/ (decentralized voting platform)
bitmesh.network/ (sell your extra bandwith)
bitwall.io/ (micro payments)
blockscore.com/ (the intelligent id verification system)
blockverify.io/ (anti-counterfeit solution)
bitcoinfax.net/ (send faxes with bitcoin)
bithalo.org/update/ (smart contracts and decentralized marktets)
bitmixer.io/ (high volume bitcoin mixer)
bitnet.io/ (the world’s digital commerce platform)
bitproof.io/ (say hello to true certification)
bitcongress.org/index.html (decentralized voting platform)
bitnation.co/ (governance 2.0)
bitrated.com/ (Bitcoin trust platform)
blockai.com/ (‘netscape for Bitcoin’ with blockchain browser)
blockchainsingularity.com/ (first brain on the blockchain)
blockstore-bitcoin/ (a key value store on Bitcoin)
blockstream.com/ (sidechains)
cardflip.com/bitcoin/ (buy gift cards)
chain.com/ (the internet’s open financial protocol)
chainperks.com/ (innovative loyalty for ecommerce)
changetip.com/ (a love button for the internet)
chromaway.com/#/overview (colored coins)
chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/autotip/… (decentralized microtipping platform)
codius.org/ (where smart programs live)
coindaddy.io/ (WHOIS-style search engine for digital assets)
coinfest.org/ (the first decentralized currency convention)
coinflapper.com/ (flap for Bitcoin game app)
coinspark.org/ (add messages to Bitcoin transactions)
coinurl.com/ (the smart way to monetize your content)
coyno.com/ (the Bitcoin bookkeeper)
colu.co/ (access. on your terms)
counterparty.io/ (platform for free and open financial tools)
debune.org/ (decentralized business network)
democracyos.org/ (better decisions, together)
digitalcurrencylabs.com/ (bridging the gap between bitcoin and wall street)
edgelogic.net/ (the wisdom of trusting total strangers)
erisindustries.com/ (the distributed application software stack)
factom.org/ (introducing honesty to record-keeping)
filecoin.io/ (a data storage network)
fitcoin app (earn Bitcoin during your workout)
florinapp.com/ (send Bitcoin to your friends phone number)
coffee.foldapp.com/ (save 20% at starbucks)
getclef.com/ (secure two factor login)
getcomposed.com/ (a paywall for your email)
gli.ph/ (buy and sell in your community)
gyft.com/ (buy gift cards)
invoiced.com/ (simple invoicing)
hyperledger.com/ (distributed digital asset ledger)
lawnmower.io/ (convert your spare change into Bitcoin)
leetcoin.com/ (kill your friends and take their money)
lightlist.io/ (giving is beautiful)
microwork.io/ (changing the way the world works)
mirrorx.com/#/home (contracts without middlemen)
netki.com/#/home (digital currency made easy)
neucoin.org/en/ (micropayment solutions)
my.protip.is/ (reward artists with Bitcoin)
okturtles.com/ (protect netizens against mass surveillance)
onename.com/ (get an openname)
orisi.org/ (distributed Bitcoin oracles)
otonomos.com/#!home/cnb (incorporates your company)
proofofexistence.com/ (register documents on the blockchain)
purse.io/ (get 20% off items at amazon)
satoshibox.com/ (sell your digital content)
freedom.press/securedrop (open source whistleblower submission system)
oraclize.it/home/features (smart contracts)
sfx.io/ (share sounds simply)
shapeshift.io/new.html (an instant exchange for cryptocurrencies)
spellsofgenesis.com/ (the first game that uses the blockchain)
storj.io/ (dezentralisierter cloud speicher)
streamium.io/app/#/provider (stream live video and get paid)
symbiont.io/ (smart securities)
synereo.com/ (the natural next step after Facebook)
swarm.fund/ (providing decentralized governance)
tradewave.net/ (build your own Bitcoin trading strategy)
v-initiative.org/ (building tomorrow’s secure digital democracy)
whatbitcointhinks.com/ (pretty clever use of micropayments in public decisions)
github.com/MrChrisJ/World-Citizenship (a world passport)
wrte.io/ (charge for each email you get)

The next big thing(s):
gemini.com/ (‘the NASDAQ or Google of Bitcoin’)
blocknet.co/ (the internet of blockchains)
ethereum.org/ (distributed decentralized applications)
Bitcoin satellites! (starting in 2016)

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Headlines which in retrospect might be seen as epochal for the breakthrough of Bitcoin:
bitcoinmagazine.com/19929/french-telecom-giant-orange-invest-bitcoin… (2015-04-09)
bitcoinmagazine.com/19760/bitcoin-investment-trust-bit-goes-live… (2015-03-27)
coindesk.com/nasdaq-bitcoin-marketplace-noble/ (2015-03-24)
blog.zebpay.com/bitcoin-is-legal-in-india/ (2015-03-20)
techcrunch.com/2015/03/17/rakuten-bitcoin-bitnet/ (2015-03-16)
bitcoinmagazine.com/19616/isle-man-preparing-pass-digital-currency… (2015-03-16)
deepspaceindustries.com/bitcoin-pioneer-inks-contract-for-satellite-…(2015-03-12)
bitcoinmagazine.com/19586/ibm-building-digital-cash-national-currencies/ (2015-03-12)
cointelegraph.com/news/113676/t-mobile-poland-embraces-bitcoin… (2015-03-12)
bitcoinmagazine.com/19551/jpmorgan-star-blythe-masters… (2015-03-11)
bitcoinmagazine.com/19547/bitcoin-anywhere-bitcoin-credit-card-gateway… (2015-03-10)
coindesk.com/21-record-116-million-funding-all-star-investors/ (2015-03-10)
blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/what_s_in_a_name (2015-03-09)
spiegel.de/wirtschaft/bitcoins-als-parallelwaehrung-fuer-griechenland… (2015-03-09)
gold.de/artikel,1181,bitcoin-offizielles-zahlungsmittel-utah.html (2015-03-09)
bitcoinmagazine.com/19452/bitcoin-investment-trust… (2015-03-02)
bitcoinmagazine.com/19392/android-based-apple-pay-competitor… (2015/02/25)
coindesk.com/bitpay-microsoft-aggressive-global-vision-bitcoin/ (2014/12/11)
coindesk.com/paypal-announces-first-partnerships-bitcoin-space/ (2014/09/23)
bitcoinmagazine.com/9922/regulation-bitcoins-germany… (2014/02/05)
coindesk.com/overstock-opens-bitcoin-sales/ (2014/01/09)

The future is yours. There are a myriad opportunities.
Open your eyes and be open-minded!
Satoshi is Neo. Ben Lawsky is Agent Smith. You can escape the Matrix, too.
Just follow the white rabbit.