1 What is Crypto?

By definition, cryptocurrency is a digital currency. Between credit cards, bank transfers, and apps like PayPal and Venmo, it already feels like we are operating in a world of digital currency. How many of us actually handle cash to make purchases every day, or pay the bills?​

So if we are already living in a world filled with digital transactions, how is
cryptocurrency different?​

All of those digital transactions still require a middle man. Purchases made on your credit card require a credit processing company. Automatic transfers require a bank, and even transferring funds on apps like PayPal still require the use of a third party app. ​

Imagine being able to transfer funds or make purchases person-to-person, without a middle man. Let’s say you have a service or product that I am
interested in. We come to an agreement on price, I send you the amount, and a purchase gets made. Well, isn’t direct, person to person transaction what cash is for?

Cash has a few inherent flaws. First, there are no records of the transactions, so you can never prove a purchase. Second, let’s be honest – someone still needed to go to the bank to get that cash, right?

Cryptocurrency is a store of value that doesn’t require any kind of centralized authority. This means it essentially takes out the middle-man.  It is built on math and code, not government officials and bankers and is built on a technology we call the blockchain

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2 – What is Blockchain?