There are few more popular when it comes to big names in the cryptosphere than those of Bitcoin, the world’s first (and most valuable) cryptocurrency and its enigmatic founder, Satoshi Nakamoto.
The world’s first heard Satoshi Nakamoto’s name was a long way back in 2007 when Nakamoto published the Bitcoin code. By November 2008, he managed to finish and publish the now popular Bitcoin whitepaper, which laid the groundwork for everything defined by the Bitcoin protocol.
In the early days of the project Nakamoto was heavily involved with his brainchild project and with the Bitcoin community. After two years of hard work and commitment, Nakamoto decided to hand the project over to Gavin Andresen and in December 2010 seized all the bonds with the Bitcoin project. Gavin has proved to be a worthy successor to the legendary Satoshi and has since become one of the cryptosphere’s most successful developers.
After this happened, Nakamoto returned briefly to send a final message to the group, saying that he had “moved on to other things,” and that Bitcoin was “in good hands with Gavin and everyone.” Officially, these are the last words that the world heard of the enigmatic and mysterious Bitcoin founder.
As the popularity of Bitcoin grew even bigger in the years that followed, strangely so did the mystery behind the true identity of Nakamoto. The Bitcoin and crypto cultures have, over the years, been constantly speculating as to who Satoshi Nakamoto may really be. The quest to find out who the real Satoshi Nakamoto is has seen a massively hard-working team of amateur detectives but, unfortunately, without much success.
Even though nothing remains to be done, one thing is quite clear: Satoshi Nakamoto is an example of proper privacy protection. So much so, that he even used Tor to sign the website at Bitcoin.org. The fact that, to this day, it is still unclear if Satoshi is male or female, or whether “he” is even a single person or a group of individuals, is probably even more remarkable.
So, who is Bitcoin’s Satoshi Nakamoto?
For certain, there is no way to know this and, given the lack of concrete evidence, and Satoshi’s expert approach to privacy, we can never get to the bottom of that mystery. Which means the Bitcoin community has no choice but to go on and on with this enigma which is Satoshi Nakamoto.