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Satoshi Nakamoto is the mysterious inventor of Bitcoins: a digital currency that is regulated by an online encryption protocol, and not by a central authority.


Nov 08: He posted his original research paper online, that explained the basic principles of Bitcoin.


Apri 09: The original Bitcoin network appeared, with help from numerous online volunteers.


Mid 2010: Nakamoto stopped having as much of an input into the Bitcoin network.


Apr 2011: Once contacted online, Nakamoto replied saying he had ‘moved onto other things’, and then stopped replying altogether



Introdution cont:

His contact email was from a free German website, and his name a pseudonym: Nakamoto knew what he was doing, and covered his tracks well.

His real identity has since been one of the Bitcoin’s communities’ most enduring mysteries, and they have responded with a number of ideas.


Here are the most popular ones:


Guess Who Options:

Shinichi Mochizuki:

–         Mathematical genius specialising in number theory

–         Based in Japan

–         Grew up in the US, so is fluent in English

–         When he has made mathematical discoveries in the past, he has a tendency to release it publicly on the internet, not through academic channels, just like Nakamoto did


Michael Clear:

–         Top Computer Science student at Trinity College, Dublin

–         One of only a few UK based candidates, and Nakamoto referenced a Times newspaper article in the coding of the first collection of Bitcoins, his online comments were normally made after working hours in the UK, and he used British spelling

–         The New Yorker newspaper did some research into Nakamoto, and decided it was most likely to be Clear


Vili Lehdonvirta:

–         Economic Sociologist, who used to be a video game programmer

–         Based in Finland

–         Has done a lot of well documented research into virtual currencies


Neal King, Vladimir Oksman & Charles Bry:

–         A group of Computer Scientists

–         Based in the UK, but Bry travelled to Finland a couple of months before the domain name was registered there.

–         Released a patent application using very similar phrasing to Nakamoto’s original Bitcoin paper, 72 hours after the Bitcoin domain name was established, and all three have filed other patents in similar areas

–         Those who were in email contact with Nakamoto before he disappeared said that his replies were infrequent, almost as if a group of people were checking the email only intermittently.


Martti Malmi:

–         Computer Scientist

–         Based in Finland, where the Bitcoin website was first registered

–         Made the first ever Bitcoin transaction, created the user interface, and is a well-known developer from early on in the project

–         Was removed from the list of project developers on the Bitcoin website, around the same time Nakamoto stopped replying to emails


Jed McCaleb:

–         Creator of Mt Gox, the largest Bitcoin marketplace, and Ripple, a similar digital currency

–         American, but has a love of Japanese culture, so it would make sense for him to adopt a Japanese pseudonym


Crypto Mano Group:

–         Consists of Donal O’Mahony, Hitesh Tewari, Michael Peirce and previously mentioned, Michael Clear

–         A group of Computer Scientists, all with connections to Trinity College, Dublin

–         Based in Ireland

–         Published a book entitled ‘Electronic Payment Systems of E-Commerce’ in 2009, and numerous other paper on Computer Science


Samsung, Toshiba, Nakamichi & Motorola:

–         Four technology companies

–         All based in Japan

–         The four companies would definitely have enough knowledgable people working for them to create such a concept, and cover their tracks well


The CIA:

–         As with most mysteries, there is always the belief that the CIA is somehow involved.

–         Japanese names are presented with the surname first, this would make it Nakamoto Satoshi.

–        In Japanese, Nakamoto means ‘central origin’, while Satoshi means ‘clear thinking, quick witted, wise’ i.e intelligent. The name can therefore be translated to mean ‘Central Intelligent’.

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Having delved into futures trading in the past, my intrigue in financial, economic, and political affairs eventually led me to a striking realization: the current debt-based fiat system is fundamentally flawed. This revelation prompted me to explore alternative avenues, including investments in gold and, since early 2013, Bitcoin. While not extensively tech-savvy, I've immersed myself in Bitcoin through dedicated study, persistent questioning, hands-on experience with ecommerce and marketing ventures, and my stint as a journalist. Writing has always been a passion of mine, and presently, I'm focused on crafting informative guides to shed light on the myriad advantages of Bitcoin, aiming to empower others to navigate the dynamic realm of digital currencies.

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