Who is Satoshi Nakamoto – Part I & II EverydayBitcoin.org
The article was originally published at EverydayBitcoin.org. Author Ben Saylor has joined our growing list of contributors and we will be running some of his older posts here. This two part blog is very timely with the recent news of Satoshi’s old email account being hacked.
Who is Satoshi Nakamoto – Part I
In 2008, someone using the pseudonym ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’ published apaper proposing a new kind of digital currency that uses cryptography for security and a public ledger to eliminate the need for a central authority to prevent fraud. He, she, or they (we’ll say ‘he’ to respect Satoshi’s choice of a male name) were proposing a revolutionary concept that had never been tried before. In January of 2009, Satoshi launched the Bitcoin network and we are now 5 years in. Needless to say, his identity has become the subject of wild speculation. I can think of 3 reasons why Satoshi’s identity might be of interest.
I will admit, it is super fascinating that a system that has the potential to transform finance in at leastsome areas of the world was created by a mystery man/woman/group. There is bound to be some benevolent speculation about who Satoshi is. It would be interesting to learn about his background, motivation, and life since the launch of Bitcoin.
This post was published at Bitcoinnotbombs on Sep 15, 2014.