The mysterious creator of the Bitcoin protocol and the original Bitcoin-Qt software. In 2008, Satoshi Nakamoto published the Bitcoin whitepaper titled “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System” to a cryptography mailing list. In 2009, he released version 0.1 of the Bitcoin software, which had been compiled using Microsoft Visual Studio and ran only on Windows.
Satoshi Nakamoto continued to actively update the Bitcoin source code and communicate with the Bitcoin community until 2010, when his interactions began to diminish and he ultimately handed off leadership of the Bitcoin project to Gavin Andresen.
Satoshi Nakamoto’s real identity remains unknown. The name may be a pseudonym and could represent one or more people.