Before his death made headlines worldwide, Gerald Cotten had just been a 30-year-old guy working in digital finance. And when Cotten, the founder of QuadrigaCX, which now owes more than $260 million in cash and cryptocurrency to thousands of people, first turned his focus to Bitcoin, he found there weren’t many ways to buy the cryptocurrency in Canada.

“If you recall, back in the summer of 2013, there really weren’t many options here in Canada for people to buy and sell bitcoins,” Cotten said during a 2015 interview on Decentral Talk Live, an online show about cryptocurrency. A clip of the interview still exists on YouTube.

“There was one exchange that was pretty much leading the pack,” Cotten said. “And then, other than that, you pretty much had to send a wire over to Japan, if you wanted to buy Bitcoin.”

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    May 11th, 1988

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  • Education:

    York University’s Schulich School of Business, Toronto, Bachelor of Business Administration - 2010

  • Other Projects:

    QuadrigaCX - Founder, CEO - 2013-2018

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