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Web3 reading list for newcomers

The reading list is aimed at folks who are entirely new to Web3. The objective of this list is to get you going with the basics of Web3 so that you can continue exploring.

I’ve divided the list into the themes below. The articles are listed in the sequence that I recommend reading them.

  • What is Web3: A brief introduction to Web3 and why it’s important.
  • Blockchain basics: blockchain underpins all of Web3, these articles help you understand the basics.
  • User problems Web3 can solve: Moving from a helicopter view to specific problems that Web3 can solve for users.
  • Areas within Web3: the different areas of Web3 that you can dig into.
  • Advanced reading list: an assortment of useful links on more advanced topics.
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Curated web3 reading list

ThemeNameLinkAuthor
What is Web3?
What is Web3?
Ethereum.org
What is Web3?
Web2 vs Web3
Joshua Douglas
What is Web3?
Why Web3 matters
Chris Dixon
Blockchain basics
What is a blockchain?
OdysseyDAO
Blockchain basics
What is the blockchain trilemma?
Ledger
Blockchain basics
Layer-1 and Layer-2 Blockchain scaling solutions
Gemini
Blockchain basics
Types of cryptocurrency
Kraken
User problems Web3 can solve
What Web3 can solve for users
Krishna Nandakumar
User problems Web3 can solve
Going from web2 to web3
Chris Dixon
User problems Web3 can solve
Some reasons to build your start up in web3
Chris Dixon
User problems Web3 can solve
The Ownership Economy
Jesse Walden
Areas within Web3
The Web3 Landscape
A16Z
Areas within Web3
Level up your knowledge of DAOs
Aragon
Areas within Web3
Beginners guide to NFTs
Decrypt
Areas within Web3
The ultimate DeFi 101 guide
The Defiant
Advanced reading list
Defining the web3 stack
Nader Dabit
Advanced reading list
Gaby’s web3 reading list
Gaby Goldberg
Advanced reading list
NFT canon
A16Z
Advanced reading list
Crypto theses for 2022
Messari
Advanced reading list
Collected web3 Twitter threads
Chris Dixon
Advanced reading list
Transition to Web3
Variant Fund
Other
Web3 Glossary
OdysseyDAO

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I’m always looking for suggestions for articles and essays to add to the list. If you have suggestion, send me a DM on Twitter.