8 Cardano Resources Every Crypto Newbie Needs to Know
New to the Cardano Community? Don’t worry, these resources will get you on the right track.
When it comes to learning about Cardano, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that the internet is practically bursting with information. The bad news is that sifting through the mountain of Cardano resources can be overwhelming.
(And since you’re here, I’m guessing you know exactly what I’m talking about.)
Well my friend, if you want an easy way to learn more about Cardano, stay current on the latest updates, and get involved in the community, you’re in the right place.
Let’s dive in…
Cardano in a Nutshell
Launched in 2017, by Ethereum co-founder Charles Hoskinson, Cardano is a decentralized Proof-of-Stake blockchain. Since its founding, it has become one of the fastest-growing blockchains in the industry, with its native token, ADA, standing as one of the top 10 cryptocurrencies in a market of more than 10,000.
A 3rd generation blockchain, Cardano is designed to be a scalable and sustainable blockchain platform for running smart contracts. As a result, the blockchain enables the development of a range of decentralized applications, finance platforms, tokens, games and more. If you want to find out more about Cardano development, check out the Cardano Roadmap.
Now onto the good stuff…
7 Cardano Resources You Should Know (in no particular order)
1. The Built on Cardano Blog
Want a no-frills resource that turns complex topics into unbiased and easy-to-understand information? Look no further than the Built on Cardano blog (BoC). Designed to foster curiosity and discovery, BoC features a visual map of the entire Cardano ecosystem including developments, tools, NFTs, projects, and more. Whether you’re new to crypto or not, BoC is a perfect place for curious minds to explore the Cardano-verse.
For those who like a more stimulating learning experience, check the Learn Cardano Podcast hosted by Peter Bui. Available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and iHeartRadio, this podcast does an excellent job of breaking down technical aspects of the Cardano blockchain including staking, stake pool operations, smart contracts, coding in Plutus, voting in Project Catalyst and more. If podcasts aren’t your jam, you can also check out the Learn Cardano youtube channel.
If you want editorial content about blockchain updates and news, the Cardano channel on Medium is for you. It is worth noting, however, that while Medium is free to join, unpaid account users are limited to just three articles a month. If you want unlimited access to content, you’ll need to upgrade to a $5/month subscription.
Input Output is the infrastructure research and development company started by Charles Hoskinson and Jeremy Wood. (AKA the birthplace of Cardano). So if you’re looking for content straight from the source, check out the Input Output Youtube channel for workshops, breakdowns, and in-depth monthly updates.
5. Cardano News
While we’re on the subject of official resources, Cardano News is another great source of information. The site is continuously updated with the latest news and developments, as well as educational content, curated stories, and inspiration from within the heart of the Cardano ecosystem.
Nerd Out Cardano is a Youtube series hosted by a true legend in the Cardano community – and NEWM’s very own Chief Technology Officer – Andrew Wesberg. This ongoing series is perfect for anyone with an interest in understanding development, staking and stakepool operation, governance and troubleshooting.
Reddit sometimes gets a bad rap, but in my opinion it’s one of the best places for community members to engage, interact and learn. If you’re just starting out, head straight to the pinned post for guidelines, helpful links, resources and other Cardano-related subreddits such as r/CardanoStakePools and r/Cardano_ELI5.
If you enjoy your conversations at lightning speed, then the Cardano Telegram channels are definitely for you. This is where you’ll find a near constant stream of valuable information driven by highly engaged technical members. It might be tough to keep up with conversations over time, but it’s the perfect place for quick bursts of info. You can find the full list of official and unofficial channels here.
The Final Word
Cardano is among the most complex and rapidly developing blockchains in the industry today. And while this makes for exciting developments for those in the know, it can be intimidating for less tech-savvy newcomers.
So whether you’re new to Cardano – or just want a deeper dive into the blockchain – these resources are a perfect place to start.
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