Blockchain Foundations and Frameworks
By now, you’ve heard about blockchain. But do you know exactly what it is, or how it can take your business to the next level? Blockchain Foundations and Frameworks cover 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.
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4-6 Hours of Work per Module
Your Subject Matter Expert:
Eric Winer, VP of Engineering, Gemini Trust Company
“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?’”
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.
Module 1: The Building Blocks of the Blockchain
Describe the antecedent technologies that comprise Bitcoin: public ledgers, peer-to-peer networks, digital signatures and proof of work. Determine how the four fundamentals of blockchain interconnect.
Module 2: The Basics of Blockchain
Apply the antecedent technologies that comprise Bitcoin: public ledgers, peer-to-peer networks, digital signatures and proof of work. Identify how blockchain technologies combine to create Bitcoin.
Module 3: Blockchains and Cryptocurrency
Compare and contrast the capabilities, benefits and detriments of well-established cryptocurrencies. Discuss the major technical and governance issues facing cryptocurrencies. Assess a new or emerging cryptocurrency to determine its applicability, benefits and drawbacks.
Module 4: Blockchain-Beyond Cryptocurrency
Assess the value of various utility token and security token blockchain initiatives. Examine various aspects of smart contracts.
Module 5: Blockchain for Solving Business Challenges
Compare blockchains against alternative technologies available in a business context. Assess the applicability of blockchain technology to address a given business problem.
Module 6: Practical Concepts of Blockchain
Analyze a business problem to determine the appropriate choice of blockchain technologies: contract systems, public versus private chain, token type and underlying platforms. Describe the different options available for account security on the blockchain.
Module 7: Using Blockchain
Outline various enterprise blockchain products and assess the multiple features associated with each platform. Explain the role of decentralized autonomous organizations (DAO). Identify the different features of DAOs.
Module 8: Advanced Topics in Blockchain
Outline the different legal issues associated with blockchains and cryptocurrencies. Identify the factors of scaling blockchains, including the associated problems and solutions.
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Eric Winer, VP of Engineering, Gemini Trust Company
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. He 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, he 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.