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The Bitcoin Big Bang

The Bitcoin Big Bang How Alternative Currencies Are About to Change the World

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: 9781118963661
  • Published In: November 2014
  • Format: Hardback , 240 pages
  • Jurisdiction: International ? Disclaimer:
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    Get a handle on the digital currency revolution, and learn how to get on board

    The Bitcoin Big Bang is a guide to navigating the uncharted territory of digital currency. Written by CNBC contributor Brian Kelly, this book goes beyond Bitcoin 101 to explain how this transformative technology is about to change the world. Digital currency is thrown into perspective against the history of payment systems and its own evolution, as readers are invited to explore the ways in which this technology is already changing the way business gets done. Readers gain insight into the mechanisms behind Bitcoin, and an expert perspective on digital currency's effect on the future of money and the economic implications of the Bitcoin revolution.

    In the same way that e-mail changed the way we transfer information, the decentralized Bitcoin network is about to revolutionize the business world, the legal profession, and even the role of the government. The Bitcoin Big Bang dives head first into this paradigm shift, allowing readers to:

    • Explore the origins of digital currency
    • Learn the history and evolution of payment systems
    • Discover how the Bitcoin network is facilitating free and instant transfer of value
    • Understand the mining of Bitcoin, and how to invest

    The digital currency revolution has implications that spread far beyond the finance industry. Anyone who exchanges payment for goods and services is on the cusp of the next big push in societal evolution, and only an understanding of the technology and a clear knowledge of the systems and behaviors at play can fully prepare us for the changes to come. The Bitcoin Big Bang is the go-to guide, helping those who use money use it better.

  • Preface xi

    Acknowledgments xiii

    About the Author xv

    Chapter 1 Bitcoin Is a Bubble 1

    The Quest to Buy Bitcoin 3

    Bitcoin Enlightenment 6

    Currencies Are a Matter of Trust 8

    What Is Bitcoin? 10

    Is It a Currency? 13

    It’s Revolutionary 17

    Chapter 2 Understanding the Digital Gold Rush 19

    The Language of Bitcoin 22

    How Do I Buy Bitcoin? 26

    Who “Gets” It? 30

    The Gold Rush Is Just Starting 31

    Chapter 3 Bitcoin Is More than Digital Gold 33

    Searching for Satoshi 34

    The Search 37

    Why Is Satoshi a Genius? 44

    Bigger than Satoshi 46

    Chapter 4 Byzantine Generals’ Problem 49

    How Does Bitcoin Solve the BGP? 52

    51 Percent Attack 55

    An Elegant Solution 57

    Chapter 5 A Decentralized Financial System 59

    Grand De-Central Station 63

    What’s at Stake? 69

    Central Banks 72

    Bitcoin Is the Catalyst 73

    Chapter 6 What Do You Call a Bitcoin Miner? A Banker 75

    How Does a Bitcoin Transaction Work? 77

    What Is Cryptography? 78

    Still Want to Be a Miner? 82

    Do We Need Another Bitcoin? 88

    Chapter 7 Nautiluscoin—0 to $1 Million in 60 Days 91

    Creating the Coin 94

    Did It Work? 104

    Chapter 8 Building the Nautiluscoin Economy 107

    Dynamic Proof-of-Stake 110

    Other Policy Tools 113

    Alternative to Gold 115

    Money, Made Better 116

    Financial Market Integration 117

    Special Drawing Rights 119

    Why NAUT? 119

    Chapter 9 Investing and Trading in Alternative Currencies 121

    A New Investment Class 123

    Valuation 129

    Exchanges 133

    Investment Vehicles 134

    Asset Class Growth 136

    Chapter 10 Regulation 139

    Regulatory Agencies 140

    Challenges to Regulation 147

    Pushing on a String 147

    Chapter 11 Smart Money: Set It and Forget It 149

    Rules of the Road 151

    Smart Contracts and Property 152

    Ethereum 155

    Cryptoequities: A New Type of Investment 160

    Decentralized Autonomous Organizations 161

    Professor Money 162

    Chapter 12 Everything You Know about Business Is Wrong 163

    Cryptonomics 166

    Growth Share Matrix 169

    Learning Curve Effects 171

    Porter’s Three Generic Strategies 172

    Human Resource Management 173

    Fueling the Sharing Economy 174

    The Future Just Might Work 176

    Appendix 1 Department of the Treasury Financial Crimes Enforcement Network Guidance

    FIN-20 13-G00 1 Issued: March 18, 2013

    Subject: Application of FinCEN’s Regulations to Persons

    Administering, Exchanging, or Using Virtual Currencies 179

    Currency vs. Virtual Currency 180

    Background 180

    Definitions of User, Exchanger, and Administrator 181

    Users of Virtual Currency 181

    Administrators and Exchangers of Virtual Currency 182

    Providers and Sellers of Prepaid Access 185

    Dealers in Foreign Exchange 186

    Appendix 2 New York State Department of Financial Services Proposed New York Codes, Rules
    and Regulations

    Title 23. Department of Financial Services

    Chapter I. Regulations of the Superintendent of Financial Services

    Part 200. Virtual Currencies 187

    Section 200.1 Introduction 188

    Section 200.2 Definitions 188

    Section 200.3 License 190

    Section 200.4 Application 191

    Section 200.5 Application Fees 193

    Section 200.6 Action by Superintendent 193

    Section 200.7 Compliance 195

    Section 200.8 Capital Requirements 196

    Section 200.9 Custody and Protection of

    Customer Assets 197

    Section 200.10 Material Change to Business 197

    Section 200.11 Change of Control; Mergers and

    Acquisitions 198

    Section 200.12 Books and Records 200

    Section 200.13 Examinations 201

    Section 200.14 Reports and Financial Disclosures 202

    Section 200.15 Anti–Money Laundering Program 203

    Section 200.16 Cyber Security Program 207

    Section 200.17 Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery 210

    Section 200.18 Advertising and Marketing 211

    Section 200.19 Consumer Protection 212

    Section 200.20 Complaints 215

    Section 200.21 Transitional Period 215

    Index 217

  • BRIAN KELLY is a CNBC contributor who regularly appears on Fast Money, Halftime Report, and The Kudlow Report. His 20 years of success in U.S. and foreign currency and equities trading have gained him enormous respect among the clients of his investment management firm, Brian Kelly Capital, LLC, which focuses on global macro and currency investing. Brian holds an MBA from Babson Graduate School of Business, with a concentration in finance and econometrics.

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