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A Nineteen Year Old’s Mission to Turn Buenos Aires into a Bitcoin City

Leo, a nineteen year old has his life together more than any of us. He is focused, he knows what he wants to do and is doing something for the greater community. Leo is an engineering student in Buenos Aires, Argentina, who has started grassroots campaign to educate local businesses about Bitcoin and how it can be used a method of payment.

Leo was exposed to cryptocurrencies when he was 13 and that is when realized what he wanted to do. He wanted to see bitcoin become a mainstream transactional currency.

You’ll find Leo carrying a stack of printer load of flyers with details of bitcoin and how it can be used, educating people and with a gleaming hope of turning Buenos Aires into a bitcoin-friendly city.

It all started at an event when Leo questioned a vendor why bitcoin was not listed as a method of payment. His query was dismissed with laughter and that is when he realized that the vendor had no information regarding it so they obviously couldn’t answer it. While some even believe that it isn’t “real” money.

But the ignorance of people around him didn’t stop him from learning. He was always intrigued by how fast technology evolves and how quickly we adapt to it. So at the age of thirteen he continued learning about it, with a hope that it might be widely accepted at some point.

When he finally turned 18 last year, he bought bitcoin and started trading it.

The thing that made me fall in love with cryptocurrencies in general, and bitcoin in particular, was that it could financially connect people on the internet the same way it connects them in the real world.

After the incident, he decided to educate people about it and thus the flyer movement came to life.

Leo started distributing home-printed flyers on the streets and surprisingly the result was positive. They received it with an open-mind and were friendly towards his call. Some even showed genuine interest in adding cryptocurrencies as a method of payment.

He told them that using Bitcoin is equivalent to scanning a QR code to make a payment; with the only difference being that it is much safer as it is sovereign-owned.

Combined efforts is what will get us where we want to see cryptocurrencies. Leo said his overall goal is to target small and medium-sized business owners especially they are the ones that will benefit the most from this technology.

A far off dream yet still he hope everyone will use bitcoins to buy and sell without a need to exchange it for fiat. For now he wants day-today transactions to be easier than large transactions. He has come a long way from he first learned about it in 2013.

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Soha Ali

As vanilla as it sounds, a filmmaker in the making. Soha brings the irony out of the crypto world by contributing to the Unfiltered section of BlockPublisher. Contact the editor at editor.unfiltered@blockpublisher.com

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