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“Every business wants to have a blockchain strategy, but few really understand what blockchains are or recognize their potential. This course will teach you the inner workings of blockchains, and even answer the burning question, ‘What is Bitcoin anyway?’”

-Eric Winer, VP of Engineering, Gemini Trust Company, Blockchain Foundations and Frameworks SME

Blockchain Foundations and Frameworks

Blockchain Foundations and Frameworks covers positive and negative aspects of blockchains, as well as blockchain applications that could make a difference in your organization. When you learn blockchain through this foundational course, you will explore the origins and implications of Bitcoin; assess and distinguish cryptocurrency issues relevant to investors, consumers, developers and businesses; and analyze security risks your business may face as you integrate blockchain into your operations.

Knowledge Areas

Blockchain interconnect • Bitcoin • Other cryptocurrencies • Utility and security tokens • Cryptocurrency barriers to entry • Successful and failed blockchain initiatives

Blockchain startups raised $822 million dollars in the first half of 2019 alone,1 and the technology has been hailed for its potential to streamline transnational transactions, enable automatically triggering “smart contracts” and make possible countless other business innovations.2

Now is the time to learn how to work with this transformative technology. 84 percent of executives believe that blockchain technology is broadly scalable and will reach widespread adoption;3 don’t get left behind when it becomes a required skill for the most desirable jobs. Sign up for Blockchain Foundations and Frameworks today, and start building skills that can propel your career advantage.

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8 Modules

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6 to 8 Hours of Work per Module

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Course Details

Our introductory blockchain course demystifies key terms and concepts of this rapidly developing technology for novices who have yet to learn blockchain applications in a formal educational setting. It offers a basic introduction to the mechanics and underlying philosophy of blockchain, an overview of some of the risks and benefits of cryptocurrency, and a survey of blockchain applications beyond cryptocurrency.

The Blockchain Foundations and Frameworks course will cover the following topics over eight instructional modules:

  • Module 1: Building Blocks of the Blockchain
  • Module 2: The Basics of Blockchain: Putting It All Together
  • Module 3: Blockchains and Cryptocurrency
  • Module 4: Blockchain: Beyond Cryptocurrency
  • Module 5: Blockchain for Solving Business Challenges
  • Module 6: Practical Concepts of Blockchain
  • Module 7: Using Blockchain
  • Module 8: Advanced Topics in Blockchain
Eric Winer

Your Subject Matter Expert:

Eric Winer

Eric Winer, VP of Engineering at Gemini Trust Company, is dedicated to making blockchain accessible for consumers around the globe. In his five years building blockchain solutions at Gemini, Mr. Winer architected the world’s first fully licensed and regulated cryptocurrency exchange, and he has guided the rapid expansion of Gemini to over 150 employees, including recruiting and training over 50 blockchain-focused engineers. Mr. Winer has represented Gemini at the Litecoin Conference and recently received a patent for an innovation in blockchain and cryptocurrency application security.

Prior to his time at Gemini, Mr. Winer helped Bridgewater Associates overhaul internal systems used for economic research. Working directly with the company’s senior leadership team, Mr. Winer helped form the data-driven recruiting and management toolkit that is still used daily and is referenced in Ray Dalio’s "Principles." Mr. Winer has also provided strategic consulting for a number of private projects.

Mr. Winer is a graduate of Dartmouth College’s Thayer School of Engineering.

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