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How I Escaped Communism for a Better Life

For my first post, I initially wanted to introduce myself by telling you about my programming background. However, I recently read “Escaping the Iron Curtain for Silicon Valley“on CNET about the CEO of Tidemark, Christian Gheorghe. Like Christian, I also escaped from communist Romania in 1989, and this article inspired me to share this important part of my background. Unlike Christian, I already had a wife and two children when I left Romania, so my priorities were different when I came to the U.S.

I grew up in a small town in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania, and I understood from a young age that a good education was necessary to obtain a better life. I worked hard to get a scholarship to a boarding high school in a larger city. During high school, I became very interested in computers and realized that I needed to attend college. My only option was the Military Academy of Engineering in Bucharest because the government paid for all college education expenses if you joined the military. I received a Master’s degree in Information Systems Engineering, and I got a good software job with the military right out of college.


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