Understand the bitcoin virtual currency and how it compares to other forms of money; learn how to send, receive, and "mine" it; and discover how to protect and track your bitcoin transactions.
(melodic jingle) - [Voiceover] Hi I'm Tom Geller. Welcome to Up and Running with Bitcoin. Bitcoin is a form of money that exists only online and which has been part of tens of millions of transactions since it first appeared in 2009. It's also been a source of heated controversy. Some people say it's the future of money, while some say it's just a passing fad. Tens of thousands of businesses accept Bitcoin for purchases and it can be exchanged for dollars, euros and other national currencies and yet Bitcoin remains a mystery for most people.
This course aims to change that. It starts by explaining exactly what Bitcoin is and how it's different from other kinds of money you've used then we'll dive into the nitty gritty of how to get it, spend it, protect it and exchange it for dollars and other forms of money. You'll also see how to connect with people who are involved in the development and growth of Bitcoin and what kinds of forces threaten it's survival. Bitcoin has been the subject of thousands of news stories and yet few people understand what it actually is or situations where it's better than traditional money but after watching this course, you'll be better equipped to get, spend and understand Bitcoin.
Let's get started with Up and Running with Bitcoin.