2361 books total
For more than two decades, Antonio has been involved in Romania’s Internet and Telecom business. In 2003, he co-founded NETOPIA, a company that became one of the top local payments providers (mobile, internet, SMS, card, Bitcoin).
Antonio’s also an angel investor and mentor for Romanian based startups, investing in IT, hardware, commerce and services.
We have interviewed Antonio to learn more about the books that helped him grow on both personal and professional levels, what he’d advise young people interested in following a similar career path, but also to understand how he looks at past business failures, red flags he pays attention to when investing, and understand challenges related to cryptocurrencies.
As of today my favorite book is Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. Her magnum opus drives an astonishing story about valor, creativity, and everything in between. This book brings a beautiful melange of philosophy, politics, and drama that’s so contemporary. I do believe this book should be included in the mandatory list of books for students.
Most recent (like several years ago) was about blockchain technology. After reading many articles about blockchain, bitcoin and cryptocurrency, I had a “Eureka” moment when reading Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business, and the World by Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott. That moment when I realized the potential of this technology and the massive changes that can literally transform the world we are living in. A true paradigm shift.
Unfortunately, I cannot pinpoint a particular book; this is because I like to consider myself in a perpetual state of change, of rediscover and reshape. It is the curiosity that drives and the constant state of mind geared towards understanding the world and trying to change it. I am always looking for new challenges and experiences that can help me become better, both on personal and professional levels.
However, I can name a few:
Also, I would like to mention one practical book that keeps me in a constant state of dreaming: World Voyage Planner: Planning a voyage from anywhere in the world to anywhere in the world by Jimmy Cornell. Because one day I am planning to go sailing around the world.
Talking about my career path, it is not that simple. I have attended Naval Academy in Constanța with the scope of becoming a sea captain. What I do now has so little to do with what I have started. A good reason to tell anyone to follow their dreams and pursue whatever makes them happy and engaged. Just follow your guts and heart. Eventually, you will become whatever you desired. And never stop being curious. Because curiosity is a state of mind.
About the books. Here is a small list.
I’m always keeping my Kindle close. So whenever I have a little time to spare I read some pages. And look for new books. I desire to read at least two books a month this year. It is a start, and so far I am in good position. (even if is just January :D)
When at home or on the plane. With a glass of good wine.
Yes, and this is where Kindle’s note and highlights are used.
Based on recommendations (and your service is super cool in this matter).
Right now I am reading:
I like to believe that success is just a failure went wrong. Our life is based on curiosity, research, and learning. And all of this comes with a considerable amount of errors or failures. We do learn by making mistakes. And for whatever reason, people still are afraid of failing.
Failure needs to be embraced, and at some point, success will appear. As I said, like a failure went wrong.
At some point, we have worked and launched a service, called myGod.ro. Way ahead of its time, myGod.ro was a SaaS for gaming where the user was able to play PC games remotely on any computer, paying just a monthly fee. Launched in 2008, when software piracy was at its peak, we had no chance marketing it. Still, I was hooked on the idea of offering a service that for a flat fee can give you access to thousands of games at any moment. It took me several years and lots of money pumped in myGod.ro to realize that it cannot fly at the required levels to be profitable.
Lesson learned: regardless how revolutionary and cutting edge a service or product is, or the amount of money and time invested, well, you have to be able to identify the failure and contain the loses. Or, to put it simply, to let it die, fast.
I am interested to know the team and understand the driver behind every project. The team is what matters, and not the product or the service. A strong, dedicated and visionary team can do miracles. The rest will follow. Of course, the service/product is relevant as well.
Well, the biggest problem is that people talk without understanding what blockchain and bitcoin do and works. Most of them are discussing the investing/transactional approach. And this is a big mistake. Understanding technology allows you to understand the future of cryptocurrencies. It does not work the other way around.
The future is unfolding in front of us. Literally.
If you’re interested in learning more about cryptocurrency and blockchain, here are a few more of our interviews with entrepreneurs or investors from these fields:
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