Thomas, some good thoughts on the crypto space. Coincidentally, I share many of your views…top 20, sometimes top 50, with a focus on protocols with huge upside vs just applications, coins/projects with history and adoption with a strong community. Curious which privacy coins you prefer, I like Monero a lot, and haven’t ventured into others, but i think 2018-19 will be a big year for them. Any thoughts on others for consideration? I kinda like ZCash, not sure of Privex, Verge, NAVCoin, any others you know of or like… Thanks, JAS

Bücher über Bitcoin waren bisher schmal und meist verwirrend, Bücher von Technikfreaks für Technikfreaks. Das ist nicht sehr überraschend, weil diese Technologie bis vor etwa 1,5 Jahren auch fast ausschließlich von diesen Leuten dominiert wurde. Das ändert sich seitdem rasant und auch wenn Bitcoin als Währung und als Technologie noch nicht im Hauptstrom angekommen sind und niemand sicher sagen kann, ob sie sich durchsetzen werden, sie haben das Potential unsere Gesellschaft sehr stark und je nach Sichtweise sogar radikal zu verändern.

As of May 2018, over 1,800 cryptocurrency specifications existed.[24] Within a cryptocurrency system, the safety, integrity and balance of ledgers is maintained by a community of mutually distrustful parties referred to as miners: who use their computers to help validate and timestamp transactions, adding them to the ledger in accordance with a particular timestamping scheme.[14]
Dogecoin is a peer-to-peer electronic payment system based on the popular 2013 meme of the Shiba Inu dog.  It was a fork of Luckycoin, which was itself a fork of Litecoin. The coin uses a PoW script mining algorithm similar to Bitcoin; however, while Bitcoin has a limited number of coins, there is no limit to the number of Dogecoins which can be created. The current rate of Dogecoin creation is over 5,000,000,000 coins a year.
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Dash also runs governance different from other altcoins. Each masternode gets one vote, and the Dash blockchain is self-funded. A portion of each block reward (10 percent) is put back into the network development and promotion budget, which means that developers receive payment for work completed. In addition, since there are voting rights, decisions can be made more quickly than with other cryptocurrencies.
The first decentralized cryptocurrency, bitcoin, was created in 2009 by pseudonymous developer Satoshi Nakamoto. It used SHA-256, a cryptographic hash function, as its proof-of-work scheme.[14][15] In April 2011, Namecoin was created as an attempt at forming a decentralized DNS, which would make internet censorship very difficult. Soon after, in October 2011, Litecoin was released. It was the first successful cryptocurrency to use scrypt as its hash function instead of SHA-256. Another notable cryptocurrency, Peercoin was the first to use a proof-of-work/proof-of-stake hybrid.[16]