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Antonopoulos’ Books on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Andreas-M.-Antonopoulos/e/B00MVAG8Z8
Andreas Antonopoulos is a man who’s name is worth learning how to pronounce and spell. Like I said in the introduction, Andreas is the one who really helped me wrap my head around the bigger concepts surrounding Bitcoin. I know I’m not alone here either. To say that he’s helped many thousands of others to understand Bitcoin would not be a hyperbole.
Andreas’s background includes college degrees in Computer Science, Data Communications and Distributed Systems. He’s got lots of experience advising companies and pretty quickly gained a lot of public speaking experience as well.
Andreas wasn’t a part of the cypherpunks, actually, he got into Bitcoin in 2012. When I say he “got into Bitcoin”, I mean he *really* focused his efforts on the new digital currency. He’d been warning about the risks of the Mt. Gox exchange in 2013, nearly a year before it collapsed. In 2014 he became a teaching fellow at the first university to offer a Masters degree in Digital Currency.
Andreas has written a number of best selling books covering both the technical side of Bitcoin as well as explaining more of the philosophical side of the top cryptocurrency. If you’ve been wanting to expand your own library to include books about cryptocurrency definitely look into: Mastering Bitcoin, The Internet of Money, and The Internet of Money Volume Two. Also for you Ethereum fans, he’ll be releasing one called Mastering Ethereum this coming fall.
If you’re not one for reading, he’s also got a youtube channel that is comprised of footage from his many speaking arrangements that span the globe. Chances are you’ll be able to find pretty much any question you could think to ask about Bitcoin or the crypto space as a whole.
I can’t emphasize enough how well Andreas is able to convey to his audience not only the ins and outs of Bitcoin in a technical sense, but he’s just amazing at helping people relate to the new digital currency in a way that enables people to see the value and the future for it’s existence. If you ever find yourself worried about the future of Bitcoin or if you’re curious about things like how Lightning Network can improve users experience, I’m going to encourage you to check out his Youtube Channel and his books.
Last year word got out that Andreas had been having trouble with his own financial situation. It’s easy to assume that a man who’s been working for Bitcoin and getting paid in Bitcoin for several years would obviously be doing very well for himself. But this wasn’t the case for Andreas, once the Bitcoin community caught wind of this, a number of other influencers urged the community to help Andreas out. Keep in mind this was in December 2017, at the very peak of the price of Bitcoin. Thousands of people made Bitcoin donations and he ended up receiving about 100 BTC. I personally think of Andreas as “the man with all of the words” and I’m not alone with that sentiment. When he realized how the community had rallied behind him and helped him out, Andreas said: “Words are my craft, but tonight I am speechless.”
You can’t achieve that amount of universal respect from the entire Bitcoin community unless you are dedicated to consistently providing an unbiased, educated, and passionate stream of information. So if that is something you’re interested in learning more about, remember the name: Andreas Antonopoulos.