No one knows who invented Bitcoin, but Satoshi Nakamoto is a pseudonym used by the individual or group of individuals who developed the first decentralised cryptocurrency in the world.
There are many theories about it, trying to link points to guess who might be the person or people behind the true identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, but 11 years later, it’s all speculation for now.
The first time the Bitcoin concept came up was in August 2008, when the “bitcoin.org” domain was registered. About three months later, the concept was introduced by Satoshi, the Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System study, on The Cryptography Mailing discussion forum.
In January 2009, it was released to the world after Satoshi introduced the software behind Bitcoin as open source. Up until mid-2010, Satoshi remained present in the development, welcoming rare contributions from third parties, and Satoshi Nakamoto warned a Bitcoin employee in April 2011 that he would move on to new stuff.
Satoshi has never been heard from again, but on the BitcoinTalk discussion site, you can access his old posts. Bitcoin is still in development today, even without the involvement of its main creator, since it is open source and the community has been implementing the necessary implementations for its advancement.
So who can be Satoshi Nakamoto?
The fact that we still do not know Satoshi Nakamoto’s true identity until today has become a constant race in pursuit of who he really was. In the midst of cryptography, cypherpunks, and libertarians, there are many figures whose theories point to being the true Satoshi Nakamoto.
Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto
In 2014, Dorian was reported as the real Satoshi Nakamoto, even with some potential similarities: his name is precisely Satoshi Nakamoto, he was a US government software developer, and in 1990 he became a libertarian.
The first Bitcoin block created, Timothy C. Veil’s Crypto Manifesto, published in 1992, is published as it is libertarian, which is a similarity.
But Dorian still declined to be Satoshi Nakamoto, but the community sees him as a humorous figure, a meme of the ecosystem. He did not even know the name of his “own” invention, even in many interviews, and it would not be very clever to use his name to remain anonymous.
One of the first and leading names to be associated with Bitcoin’s growth in its early days was Hal Finney. The first transaction in history was exactly 10 BTCs between Nakamoto and Finney on January 12, 2009. These were from Block Genesis, which took 6 days for a total of 50 BTCs to be mined.
Finney was responsible, to make sense, for the creation of one of Bitcoin’s most important technologies, the asymmetric cryptographic keys. And in 2004, before Bitcoin, he also developed the first reusable Proof of Work method, which was used in Bitcoin years later.