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Hello and thanks for taking part in the Bitcoin Takeover!

My name is Vlad Costea and I’m a Romanian bitcoiner who loves freedom and sometimes enjoys talking with like-minded individuals.

I’ve written articles for Crypto Globe and Crypto Insider, and currently write and do video interviews for Bitcoin Magazine. This personal project is an extension of my work, as it allows me to pursue various topics that intrigue me in an environment that’s void of external pressures and editorial policies.

The idea of the Bitcoin Takeover Podcast came to me after the passing of my grandmother Bălașa, on January 11th 2019. 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.

Original logo, used for seasons 1, 2 & 3.

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 who push me to constantly get better.

Season 4 shamelessly brings back retro vibes and puts the Lambo right in the middle of the action.

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. Seasons 1 to 3 have special rules where the guest receives 50% of contributions. Starting with season 4, I’ll try to get sponsors.

If you’re a proponent of Greshman’s law and would rather spend your bad money first, then I’ve created a way for you to dispense your dirty fiat on the Patreon page. Donate as little as $1, it can really make a difference.

I’m also a big fan of The Beatles.

One of my long-term plans is 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 talk about their motivations.



Romania, the former Kingdom of Wallachia


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