When you think of children’s books, the first thing that comes to mind might be bright and colorful teachings about the basics of language and arithmetic.
Graeme Moore, a 27-year-old Toronto resident, has written something a little different.
Considered just as crucial, by many, as basic arithmetic and language are, an introduction to the world of cryptocurrency is imperative as digital currency quickly becomes the financial standard of tomorrow.
B is for Bitcoin is a brand new children’s publication from Moore, the Vice-President of Marketing at Polymath.
Crypto Disrupt got the chance to speak to Graeme about his new book.
Hi Graeme, can you tell us a bit about your background?
I’m a 27-year-old Toronto native, and I’m the VP of Marketing at Polymath, a company that makes it easy to create blockchain-based securities. After graduating from university with a degree in Economics, I began my career in finance. Shortly after that, I became very bored and intended to become a nutritionist and personal trainer. However, the first week I left my job in finance was when I learned about Bitcoin. Once that happened, I couldn’t think about anything else and knew I had to devote the next chapter of my life to learning and teaching people about this amazing technology.
When did you first get involved in Bitcoin? What was it that attracted you to it?
I first got involved in Bitcoin at the end of 2014 when I left my job in finance. Previously, when I had heard about Bitcoin, I dismissed it as a Ponzi scheme, a get-rich-quick scheme, a pyramid scheme; whatever was the “smart” thing to call it at the time. I loved Warren Buffett, and he said Bitcoin was stupid, so I thought Bitcoin was stupid. But once I left my job in finance, I must have become more open to learning about it, because I started to understand that it was a real technology with massive implications, and not just some “digital investment play.” I was incredibly attracted to the concept of global, digital money that could not be controlled, or printed by governments. I have always been fascinated by the idea of money, and Bitcoin truly is the most fascinating invention of my lifetime involving money, finance, and economics.
When did the idea of your new book, B is Bitcoin, first come about?
B is for Bitcoin started as a note in my “ideas” folder on my iPhone in 2015. I was a 23-year-old who was obsessed with Bitcoin and wanted to contribute to the space that I loved, and a book seemed like something I could accomplish. Over the past couple of years, I just kept adding letters and refining the book, until early 2018 when I started devoting serious time and energy to the project. Education is key for this space to grow, and I saw books about Bitcoin, Ethereum, and blockchain technology for adults, but nothing for kids. I felt confident in my ability to make a great, beautiful book to teach children (and adults) their Bitcoin ABCs, and I’m so happy that I saw it through.
Did you take inspiration for the book from anywhere? Writing books for children isn’t the easiest thing to do, after all.
I love Dr. Seuss. Hop on Pop is one of the greatest books of all time don’t @ me. I’m also a huge fan of Cat in the Hat, Oh, The Places You’ll Go, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, and Green Eggs and Ham. It’s been a long-time goal of mine to write a children’s book, and I finally found the children’s book I NEEDED to write. The other inspiration for B is for Bitcoin came from listening to people like Andreas Antonopoulos. They do such a brilliant job of articulating and breaking down the complex features of Bitcoin, and I wanted to follow in their footsteps by helping the next generation of builders learn about this technology.
What do you hope to accomplish with the book?
I want to help the next generation learn about Bitcoin as early as possible. Education is key when it comes to new technology, and the more young people we can get interested in a certain space, the more innovation there will be. I’m incredibly excited to see what happens with Bitcoin and blockchain technology in 2027. In 2027, we will have 18-year-old computer programmers that have never been alive during a time without blockchains. Once a technology is taken for granted, and expected to exist forever, we start to see amazing things. Bitcoin is already an incredible invention (open, global, transnational, borderless, censorship-resistant, permissionless, digital money), and there are so many more exciting, never before possible, things to be built.
Although this book is aimed at children, is there anything that other age groups can take from it?
Definitely! You’re never too old to learn your Bitcoin ABCs, and B is for Bitcoin can be someone’s first step into this fascinating world. B is for Bitcoin is a great way to show your love for cryptocurrency that isn’t a t-shirt, and I’ve found that the majority of people purchasing the book simply want something beautiful to display on their coffee table to spark conversation with friends.
Now that you have this book under your belt, are there any plans for a follow-up?
Yes! I’d love to make a book that goes more in-depth on the basics of Bitcoin, along with making a guide for B is for Bitcoin. B is for Bitcoin is purely about learning your Bitcoin ABCs, and I’ve received a lot of interest for an accompanying guide to expand more on topics like Consensus, Game Theory, and Satoshi.
Where should our readers go to buy B is for Bitcoin?
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