So You Want to Learn About EOS...

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A couple of investor friends have asked me about where to start in order to "read everything" related to EOS. That's a tricky thing, since the whole space moves so fast, and I've been working hard to consume it all in real time for many months now. I figured the least I can do for them is talk through what I've been reading and maybe prioritize what should be read first. So here's my attempt at a brain dump of content links for those who want to learn everything about EOS.

I think the first place to start is to understand DPOS and why BitShares/STEEM/EOS are so different than other POW or POS blockchains via this post by Dan Larimer:

Then of course, there's the technical white paper for EOSIO:

I've read most of Dan's posts on Steemit here and much of what is posted on the EOSIO blog here: As many know, Dan Larimer and Ned Scott (co-founders of STEEM) had a falling out, so moved their updates to Medium: They also have plenty of announcements and content here:

I would probably start with Dan's posts by scrolling through his blog to about 10 months ago. That's where he first starts talking about EOS. Most of that is technical, so it won't be interesting to everyone, but for those who really want to read everything, that's important stuff.

I also found it interesting and valuable to read the back and forth between Dan Larimer and Vitalik Buterin (the creator of Ethereum):

He also takes shots at Casper and other scaling attempts or POS approaches to Ethereum:

Inter blockchain communication is going to be a big, important feature of EOSIO:

There are other important posts about transparency, governance, and evaluation of Cardano (what some see as a potential competitor for Ethereum and EOS, built by Charles Hoskinson who was involved with Dan and Ethereum in the early days).

There are plenty of updates and technical posts as well.

The EOSIO Steemit account reshared this one which you may find interesting about Dan Larimer:

The EOSIO 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0 announcements are worth reading to see how things have been evolving:

Things are changing all the time and stuff mentioned there may have already changed. To get the latest, you have to follow things in real time in Telegram.

@eosnewyork put together this helpful post with links to those accounts:

The governance side of EOS is really, really interesting. Their use of Ricardian Contracts within the smart contract code is really cool. Code will have human-readable contracts which then can be used to ensure someone wasn't treated fraudulently and if so, there's going to be built-in arbitration and appeals systems. You can follow along with that in the forums instead of reading everything in real time in Telegram:

Thomas Cox is really sharp and leading a lot of the governance discussions and constitutional draft debates. I've enjoyed watching some of his weekly Q/A meetings on Monday nights with EOS Radio by EOS Go:

Also, you can follow the year-long ICO in real time here which has just over a month left:

Trading markets, as always, are on CMC:

And here are some of my own posts about EOS:

That's what I have so far. What are some of your favorite resources for those who want to learn about EOS?

If all of this was too much, maybe just go with this Tweet:

Luke Stokes is a father, husband, programmer, STEEM witness, DAC launcher, and voluntaryist who wants to help create a world we all want to live in. Learn about cryptocurrency at

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wow! I love that great list of links you've compiled here! I'll be saving this for future reference.

Thank You!

Thanks for posting that information. EOS has gone up sharply in the last few days on huge volume. I think it belongs in every crypto investor's portfolio because it is likely going to go to the moon.

It'll have a moon base from which it explores other solar systems and eventually galaxies.

I think that's a great point you make in your tweet at the end. EOS will be very uniquely positioned to be the AWS of blockchain.

Thank you, @lukestokes for the useful aggregation of resources. Upvoted!

Yet, I am worried about one issue regarding EOS and that is the values of the EOS token. My question is: suppose that EOS as a platform was technologically superior, how would that affect its token?

What worries me the most is the last sentence from FAQ:

5. What features, uses or attributes do EOS Tokens have? Can the EOS Tokens be used on a blockchain adopting the EOS.IO Software? is building the EOS.IO Software but it will not configure and/or launch any public blockchain platform adopting the open source EOS.IO Software (the “EOS Platform”). Any launch of an EOS Platform will occur by members of the community unrelated to Third parties launching the EOS Platform may delete, modify or supplement the EOS.IO Software prior to, during or after launching the EOS Platform.

The EOS Tokens do not have any rights, uses, purpose, attributes, functionalities or features, express or implied, including, without limitation, any uses, purpose, attributes, functionalities or features on the EOS Platform.

I wish that someone would explain to me as an investor why should I buy the EOS token other that making Block.One rich? Please, if you have any resources about this, I would be grateful.

Super helpful :D Steem on !!

I have now voted for you as a witness. This is all I needed to know:

voluntaryist who wants to help create a world we all want to live in.

I am also now following you. Have a peaceful evening, good sir.

Hi lukestokes,

Your summary at the end make it sounds like that EOS will be needed by companies in order to survive their business in a new era just as they needed the web in the near past.

Is it too far fetched to say my above assumption?

Interesting comparison...

I'd say yes. I've been saying essentially the same thing since 2013.

So much to read from but is worth it when one need to really know about EOS. I will take my time to go through all the url
In a nutshell, your tweet explains it all in a simplier for way

I’d just like to know how to transfer my EOS to my Nano ledger S. 😁

Just send it to an Ethereum address on your Ledger Nano S. That's it. It's still an ERC20 token. You may also want to check this process out for registering your EOS tokens:

Ok. Thanks. Can you leave it on the ledger Nano s during the snapshot once you have registered the tokens? Thanks again for your help Luke!

Hey man It's been some time that I saw you here. I see that your work on the new project is keeping you busy. Just dropped by to say hello :-)

PS: Thanks for the links will have to take a look at them sooner or later. Have been procrastinating on researching more into EOS - maybe this would be the catalyst.

Busy indeed. :)

Good gracious thats a nice list of Eos info there...
too much to read all at once, but perfect to read when you want to start..

the only thing I regret about Eos... not buying more when it was cheaper

Is not too late to get to get one, a lot of people are exchanging Steem to EOS

I'd hold on your STEEM also, if you can. I think great things are coming from all the DPOS projects like BTS/STEEM/EOS. That said, when there's a nice pump like today, doesn't hurt to take some profits.

So you don't think his will be replacing steem? That seems to be the buzz I hear, but I'm not sure I buy it. While they're very similar, they do fill different niches.

No my friend , not learning anymore but want to invest. I have some open steems on bitshare and wanted to buy the EOS on bitshare but I just don’t get it right, a friend told me if I make silly mistakes I can loose my money. So where else can I get EOS without loosing my money through mistakes. Your reply if you know what could help would be appreciated


The steem I want to purchase EOS is on bitshare

always helpful and informative..thanks...and also for your support..

Thanks! That helps a whole lot for a starting point. My reading list just got way huge lol

This is a good summary of everything about EOS. I can imagine the amount of time spent in putting these links together in one post. I resteemed this so that I can easily come back to it any time I want to. Thank you for sharing this resources with the community.

Thanks for sharing it around as well!

That's an impressive collection of documentation resources!

I have a question, because you have a much better insight of this matter than I do.

Do you think EOS and Steem will coexist peacefully and have each their own way? EOS is definitely going after Etherium, but will Steem be affected in a negative way as well, since from the whitepaper EOS blockchain looks to me like an improved version of the Steem blockchain?

Some people think there will be problems, but I personally think STEEM is specific to social media while EOS is generic which means STEEM will have more tooling, infrastructure, and support specific to the needs of media companies and their developers. I think there is plenty of room for both. I still use both Facebook and Twitter, even though I have Steemit. I think it'll be similar if EOS launches a Steemit competitor. STEEM has quite a big head start though.

I've thought about it too.

Steem won't be so contained in the social media / blogging realm with the launch of SMTs, however EOS seems that will have support for more complex decentralized and parallelized programming, rather than the possibility to create your own token on the blockchain.

For me that is the distinction that should count tremendously regarding the direction each will go, and they might choose to go separate ways, although of course they might not, and that would be a shame, for the potential of both.

Hi @lukestokes ! No words for this amazing post. Its everything here to learn as much as possible about EOS. Impressive!

Thanks for taking the time to get all this together.

Regards, @gold84

I keep meaning to get up to date on EOS, and the excuse has been not wanting to get started. Thanks for gathering all this material in one place.

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its funny, I hold like 20 coins and tokens but as you wrote, I never really got what is really behind EOS. Was like "should I?...shouldn't I?" for the last 8 weeks and now EOS has mooned almost to its alltime-high.... argh! :D

I'm new to steemit and glad I found you listening to the witness interview. I'll be back to check more ou on your page after work. Thanks

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