Beginner Basics of Crypto + Further Learning Resources

Blocknative Ethereum Web3

I often receive requests for reading materials/learning resources from crypto-curious folks who want to dive deeper. Below is a curated list of recommended crypto 101 reading/listening/watching. Expect this to grow and change over time. Have resources to add? Please message me @mcutler.

In efforts to simplify the journey, this reading guide is divided into five sections:

  1. Learn about Money: This is a deeper topic than many expect.
  2. Learn about Bitcoin: Where it all began. 
  3. Learn about Ethereum: "Let’s take the core concepts pioneered by Bitcoin and expand them. Significantly."
  4. Learn about what is being built on Ethereum/Web3: DeFi, NFTs, DAOs, the Metaverse, and more.
  5. Advanced and/or more specialized materials: It truly never ends. 

While the topics are sequential, the bulleted resources are not. Crypto/blockchain/Web3 is a surprisingly broad, diverse, and deep topic. This list barely scratches the surface.


1. About money: 



2. About Bitcoin / blockchains in general:


3. About Ethereum:


4. What is being built on Ethereum:


5. Advanced reading:

Community contributions:

These are recommendations from folks who have reviewed this list and thought: “Oh, this resource should be there too!”

Other lists of lists: 

  • A16Z’s Crypto Canon – 100+ links to further reading, categorized nicely. Many great resources here, but appears to be getting a little long-in-the-tooth. 
  • House of DAOs
  • Michael Saylor’s
  • The Reading List – A carefully groomed reading list of 300+ resources. More than a little overwhelming.

As you dive down the ⬛ ⛓ 🐰 🕳️ :

The blockchain rabbit hole is deep. Going from crypto-curious to crypto-expert takes many cycles of learning and going hands-on. As you begin this journey, I encourage you to experiment with decentralized applications and participate in these new ways of transacting.

And I always suggest that new users monitor their hot wallet with Blocknative to reduce transaction anxiety and better understand the state of their transaction. Don't forget to use web3's most accurate ETH gas estimator as well.

Please join our Discord community and become part of the Blocknative community. 

Join our Discord Community

Observe Ethereum

Blocknative's proven & powerful enterprise-grade infrastructure makes it easy for builders and traders to work with mempool data.


Want to keep reading?

Good choice! We have more articles.


How to Unstuck a Transaction with MetaMask: A Step-by-Step Guide

A stuck transaction is a transaction that you submitted to go on-chain but it is unable to be..


What is a Stuck Transaction?

Understanding Stuck Transactions In the world of blockchain technology, transactions are the..


Web3 Onboard Supports Coinbase Smart Wallet from Day One

Web3 Onboard Supports Coinbase Smart Wallet We are thrilled to announce that Web3 Onboard now..

Connect with us. Build with us.

We love to connect with teams who are building with Blocknative. Tell us about your team and what you would like to learn.

"After first building our own infrastructure, we appreciate that mempool management is a difficult, expensive problem to solve at scale. That's why we partner with Blocknative to power the transaction notifications in our next-generation wallet."

Schedule a demo