Book Review; Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor’s Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond Book Review; Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor’s Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond

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Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor’s Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond gives readers a first-rate introduction to the exciting and often confusing world of crypto and blockchain. The book’s scope is exhaustive without being exhausting, and is consequently suitable for the casual reader who might merely be curious about bitcoin as well as the experienced investor who wants to realign his or her portfolio for “blockchain disruption”.

The authors, Chris Burniske, cofounder of Placeholder Ventures, and Jack Tatar, an angel investor and also author of What’s the Deal with Bitcoins?, open the book with a brief history and background of Bitcoin before easing into “The Basics of Bitcoin and Blockchain Technology”. Then follows a tour through the crypto landscape highlighting the major cryptoassets (bitcoin, ether, litecoin, ripple etc…) to conclude the first of the book’s three parts.

While the first part of the book (What) familiarizes readers with the background and concepts of cryptoassets and blockchain technology, part two and three (Why and How) deal with market behaviour, investment and a comprehensive look at initial coin offerings (ICOs). Burniske and Tatar have anticipated skeptics and naysayers as they include a chapter deconstructing the “Speculation of Crowds” and “This Time is Different” arguments and one dealing with concerns that cryptoassets are a Ponzi scheme.

Though the authors don’t endorse any particular cryptoasset, they helpfully chronicle the volatile rises and falls of many, perhaps most notably bitcoin. This will, if not comfort, at least give context to recent investors, like the person writing this review, who have seen the value of their investments double and then halve in the last few months or so.

Cryptoassets does not discuss the political implications of the technology, which may seem curious considering its threat to established fiat currencies and that many early adopters of Bitcoin and the blockchain were libertarians or anarchists. But as a guide to the technology itself, this book is decidedly descriptive and not prescriptive. With Bitcoin and blockchain technology now mainstream phenomena, many readers with varying political beliefs will be interested an examination that doesn’t include ideology.

Cryptoassets is a great book for investors who want to acquire a competent understanding of a dynamic and exciting new technology, but also for readers who might just want to familiarize themselves with the basics.

Review by Samuel Mowers,

About The Authors
Chris Burniske is a cofounder of Placeholder Ventures, a New York firm that specializes in cryptoassets. Prior to Placeholder, he pioneered ARK Investment Management’s Next Generation Internet strategy, leading the firm to become the first public fund manager to invest in bitcoin.  He then transitioned to focus exclusively on cryptoassets, paving the way for Wall Street to recognize it as a new asset class.  His commentary has been featured on national media outlets, including CNBC, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and Forbes.
Jack Tatar is an angel investor and advisor to startups in the cryptoasset community, and speaks and writes frequently on the topic.  With over two decades of experience in financial services, he was one of the first financial professionals to receive certification from the Digital Currency Council.  He is the coauthor of one of the earliest books on bitcoin, What’s the Deal with Bitcoins?
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