Cryptocurrency and Friends is an educational initiative.
Our goal is to understand the ins-and-outs of how a blockchain system like Ethereum works and churn out digestible insights. For example, it covers a range of topics:
What is a Blockchain?
Why should I care about Rollups?
How does Proof of Stake Ethereum work?
All writing is intended for people with a technical background — regardless if you are a user, researcher or developer. Our hope, in the end, is to help shape new mental models and support you in your work. It is not about how and when “coin go up”, but fundamentally why the field of cryptocurrencies is interesting and how it is reshaping the financial world.
All articles are written by myself (Patrick McCorry). My insights are derived from a long tenure of 10 years in the industry:
2013-2016: PhD in Bitcoin and Ethereum
2016-2018: Researcher at University College London (post-doc)
2019: Assistant Professor at King’s College London
2020: Cryptocurrency startup (any.sender)
2020-present: An intern and oracle to the marketing team at Infura (acquired any.sender) + a research partner at Lemniscap.
Thanks to the quirky path, I have spent most of my adult life happily immersed in the field of crypto.
It has been remarkable, and a once in a life-time opportunity, to witness the rise of Bitcoin, Ethereum, ICOs, DeFi Summer, and all the craziness that comes with it.
If there was only a single takeaway from the past 10 years — it is the need to unlearn early lessons as this is the only way to appreciate how an industry has moved forward.
I do hope subscribing and following the articles will help you do the same!