When I first got on Steemit, I didn’t know much at all about Bitshares.
I did quickly learn it was the previous project of Steemit founder, Dan Larimer. Perhaps it was just because I’d still been fairly fresh into the cryptocurrency scene and had ALOT to catch up on - though it wasn’t clear what exactly Bitshares was. I’d heard of Bitcoin, Ethereum, and a bunch of other projects - but it seemed like there was a depth to Bitshares that confused me more than drew me in to learn more.
However, within my first few weeks on Steemit, it became clear that Bitshares was a more significant project than I had initially given credit to.
The deeper I dug, it was revealed that there are a fair amount of people on Steemit who have been active in the Bitshares community for some time. And while I was still confused as to whether it was just another blockchain comparable to Ethereum or what, I could feel the buzz - sensing it was something I really ought to learn more about if I was serious about serving this community the best I can and creating awesome opportunities in the blockchain game.
All in perfect timing, perhaps, I came across two excellent articles on here that nudged me further towards diving down the rabbit hole:
And what else follows here, is the best available resources I've come across to share with anyone else wanting to learn more about Bitshares - a platform, technology, digital assets exchange, and community that may be well-worth discovering, if you haven't yet...
@steempower is one user here on Steemit who seems to be consistently releasing excellent Bitshares-focused content that’d be wise to follow for updates. These two articles of his are also worth diving into for a more in-depth look at the history and venture dynamics:
One other user who’s been deeply involved in the Bitshares world for a while, and has a great collection of “The Origins Of Bitshares" posts on his blog that would be an excellent source of info:
You might not know it at first glance, but @stan is actually none other than Stan Larimer - Steemit & Bitshares’ founder, @dan’s father - and president of Cryptonomex. For a great bit of history on that dynamic, in addition to @stan’s blog itself, I’d recommend reading the excellent Forbes’ article,
For those who might prefer learning by watching & listening over reading...
There’s a TON of YouTube videos out there on Bitshares. Though the most straightforward, complete overview I’ve come across that sums everything up clearly and concisely, that I’d recommend watching, is this one:
#1 How BitShares Will Massively Grow Bitcoin And Make It More Secure
And another good one, coming from a different perspective - and a lot shorter, at only 6 minutes, for those with limited attention spans:
For great reading material:
Bitshares 101 ebook written by Max Wright
I'd recommend this as the starting point, given its excellent composition as a "101" guide, it brilliantly introduces Bitshares in a great, simplified, easily-accessible way.
While the extent of Bitshares' ecosystem, developments, technical aspects, and dynamics between the, all is somewhat complex, Wright does an excellent job in this free 34 page ebook of guiding readers through the basics of it all to generate great clarity for anyone from seasoned vets in the crypt scene all the way to complete newbies to the blockchain.
There’s also a Bitshares 101 video series available on YouTube done by Max Wright for those who’d rather watch the author go through the content - which does bring a whole different dimension of passion to the topic.
And one other great written source worth looking at:
And last but not least... for those who’d really like to dive in to catch up on the history and community developments, there’d probably be no better place to go than:
So there you have it.
Diving into all this will by no means be a quick undertaking; but for anyone interested in learning more about the Bitshares community, platform, and technology - these resources should get you going in the right direction...