Today is the birthday of billionaire Calvin Edward Ayre, who turns 59. He is the figure who has long contributed to the development of the blockchain industry and now supports Bitcoin Satoshi Vision (BSV).
Here is a brief overview of his life and work in the crypto world.
Born in 1961 in a small Canadian town, Lloydminster, Ayre grew up on a farm with his parents, wheat farmers and pig farmers. His humble origins did not prevent him from studying and graduating from Waterloo University in 1984 with a 4-year master’s degree in Management Finance.
In 1992 Ayre entered the betting world, seeing the Internet as the ideal tool for this sector, and so he founded his company, Bodog, which first sold software for casinos and then launched a betting system on its own website.
The business was so thriving that it reached a turnover of $7.3 billion and a revenue of $210 million in 2005, which in the following year led him to have a dedicated story in the Forbes magazine. In 2006 he retired from the gambling industry by selling the Bodog brand.
CoinGeek and Bitcoin Cash
Several years go by and after various problems with the US government concerning gambling, in 2017 he decides to buy the CoinGeek site with clear support for the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) crypto.
The following year, in July 2018, leads CoinGeek to become the world’s largest miner of Bitcoin Cash (BCH) surpassing even BTC.top and showing all his support for this Bitcoin fork.
However, things change in November 2018 with the advent of Bitcoin SV, Bitcoin Cash’s fork, once again caused by internal quarrels about the block size: in fact, on BSV, the block size is now several gigabytes and in the future, it could even be terabytes.
Calvin Ayre’s vision of Bitcoin is very clear: he calls it Segwit Coin because he sees it as a useless asset, not suitable for business, and as a zero value asset whose price will inevitably fall.