About me

Hello and thanks for taking part in the Bitcoin Takeover!

My name is Vlad Costea and I’m a Romanian bitconer who may or may not make use of a Wallachian Vampire character on Twitter. After having worked for publications such as Crypto Globe and Crypto Insider, I’ve decided to also start a personal project where I have more intellectual freedom and I’m not bound by editorial rules.

Also, the idea of the Bitcoin Takeover Podcast came to me after the passing of my grandmother Bălașa, and I’m forever grateful for the years she spent raising me and teaching me to be a decent human being. She always wanted me to be independent and free, and I hope that through this work I’m making her proud.

I’ve spent about 8 years in academia studying political science, education and philosophy, I’ll probably publish a PhD thesis on the topic of internet governance in 2020, and I’ve been fortunate enough to attend some of the best European universities in my field of study. This side of me seems quintessential to some, but I tend to minimize it in conversation. If the teachings of higher education can’t be applied in day to day life while dealing with regular folks and only get you stuck in an ivory tower, then I find them of very little use.

Some may call me a journalist, but I like to think of my work as that of a writer or historian. I like to zoom out and put events into a greater context, I tend to be excessively critical (and this criticism extends to myself and my work), and I prefer the company of individuals push me to constantly get better.

For these reasons I’ve created the Bitcoin Takeover Podcast, which hosts some of the most brilliant guests one can find in the space. Give the episodes a listen, join the conversation by submitting comments, and feel free to make BTC donations to the extent that you find the content useful. 50% of all contributions are sent to the guests or a Bitcoin Core developer of their choice.

I’m also a big fan of The Beatles.

Also, I’m planning to edit and publish The Bitcoin Takeover Book, a collective effort in which bitcoiners present their thoughts, views, and personal experiences. It’s meant to resemble the depiction of the cypherpunk culture that the late Tim May has made in The Cyphernomicon, except that it’s focused on regular folks who use BTC and their motivations.



Romania, the former Kingdom of Wallachia


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