Learn the fundamentals of Bitcoin from a predominantly non-technical perspective


The course “Learn the fundamentals of Bitcoin from a predominantly non-technical perspective,” offered by Draper University and Zapchain, provides an accessible introduction to Bitcoin as both a technology and a currency. Designed for beginners, the course aims to demystify Bitcoin and highlight its transformative potential.

Course Structure and Content The course is structured into seven sections, encompassing 53 lectures with a total duration of seven hours. It covers various aspects of Bitcoin, starting from its basic definition to more complex concepts like distributed ledgers and blockchain technology. The lectures explain how Bitcoin transactions work on a distributed ledger, the difference between Bitcoin as a protocol and a currency, and the significance of trust in financial transactions. The course also addresses the Byzantine Generals Problem, illustrating how Bitcoin overcomes trust issues through its decentralized network.

Practical Applications Learners are introduced to practical aspects of Bitcoin, including setting up a Bitcoin wallet, making purchases, and creating a Bitcoin node. The course emphasizes the comparison of Bitcoin to traditional money and legacy payment systems, highlighting advantages like lower transaction costs, security against fraud and counterfeit, and the ability to conduct international transactions seamlessly.

Insights from Experts The course features interviews with notable entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and engineers in the Bitcoin space. These experts share their experiences and insights, offering learners a comprehensive view of the current landscape and future potential of Bitcoin. For instance, discussions include how Bitcoin can revolutionize international transactions, the impact on unbanked populations, and its potential to lower costs in the remittance market.

Target Audience This course is ideal for anyone with an interest in Bitcoin, regardless of their prior knowledge or technical expertise. It is particularly beneficial for those curious about the broader financial implications of Bitcoin and its potential to innovate and transform the financial industry. However, it may not be suitable for those seeking an in-depth technical analysis of blockchain technology or cryptography.

Additional Resources The course includes quizzes to test understanding, and supplementary interviews and videos to provide a richer learning experience. Topics such as the media’s perspective on Bitcoin, legal tools for Bitcoin innovators, and comparisons between Bitcoin and traditional financial systems are also explored, offering a well-rounded overview of the Bitcoin ecosystem.

What You’ll Learn

  • Understand Bitcoin as both a technology and a currency at a high level
  • Get started with a Bitcoin wallet and make your first purchase
  • Understand Bitcoin in relation to other forms of money and legacy payment networks
  • Create a Bitcoin node



  • This course is perfect for beginners – no prior knowledge about Bitcoin is necessary.
  • An interest in Bitcoin and an open mind


Over the past couple years there has been an explosion of growth and innovation in the bitcoin space, but many people still don’t really understand what bitcoin is, or why it’s exciting to so many entrepreneurs and investors.

Draper University and Zapchain have come together with the goal of making the most comprehensive bitcoin course. By making bitcoin more approachable, we hope to inspire people to innovate with Bitcoin, because we believe that bitcoin has transformative potential.

In this course we’ll teach you the fundamentals of bitcoin and introduce you to entrepreneurs who have been funded by tens of millions of dollars, the venture capitalists behind them, and some of the brightest engineers in Silicon Valley, all of whom will give us their unique insights into how bitcoin can change the world.

If you’ve heard of bitcoin but still don’t quite understand what it is, or are interested in how new technology has the power to transform the financial industry today, then this course is definitely for you!

Come join us at The Bitcoin Course.


Who this course is for

  • This course is for anyone interested in learning the basics of Bitcoin as both a technology and a currency. No prior knowledge about Bitcoin is necessary. This course is probably not for you if you’re looking for a deep technical dive into Bitcoin, blockchain technology and/or cryptography.

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