Influential Crypto Figures: Who is Satoshi Nakamoto?

The mystery behind the author of the famous whitepaper adds more to the legend of Bitcoin.

By
John Tunney
on
August 2, 2021
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Biography

An Introduction

Satoshi Nakamoto is a pseudonym name representing the person (or persons) behind the creation of Bitcoin. The true identity of Satoshi Nakamoto has remained a mystery since the development of Bitcoin.

On October 31, 2008, after years of work, a whitepaper was released titled “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System,” laying out the groundwork for a completely decentralized digital currency. Satoshi Nakamoto was the author’s pseudonym given in the whitepaper. 

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Speculation 

Satoshi Nakamoto has never been identified. Although the real identity of Nakamoto remains a mystery, there has been much speculation over who Nakamoto is. 

In an article written by Adam Hayes and published by Investopedia, Hayes notes that “to date, it is unclear if the name refers to a single person or a group of people. What is known is that Satoshi Nakamoto published a paper in 2008 that jump-started the development of cryptocurrency.” 

Before Nakamoto disappeared, there were electronic communications made with Nakamoto in the early stages of building Bitcoin. Bitcoin.com and satoshi.nakamotoinstitute.org show what are believed to be emails retrieved from Satoshi Nakamoto. 

Hayes writes of four popular figures suspected of being Satoshi Nakamoto. These figures include Dorian Nakamoto, Hal Finney, Nick Szabo, and Craig Wright. All of the men in question have strong backgrounds in computer science except Dorian Nakamoto, who has a background in engineering. Nakamoto is widely believed to be the actual creator behind Bitcoin, even though he denies it

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Nakamoto’s Relationship with Crypto

Satoshi Nakamoto is the person who is credited with creating decentralized finance (DeFi) and cryptocurrency. Bitcoin and its use case have inspired crypto billions and innovators like Vitalik Buterin, co-founder of Ethereum, and Changpeng Zhao, the founder and CEO of Binance

Without Nakamoto creating Bitcoin, it is unlikely that the decentralized finance world seen today would exist. Bitcoin hugely inspires projects like Ethereum and Binance. All of DeFi begins with Satoshi Nakamoto and his creation of Bitcoin. 

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What is Bitcoin?

Bitcoin is the first cryptocurrency ever created. Bitcoin is also the most popular and arguably most important cryptocurrency in the DeFi space. The cryptocurrency bolsters a $752 billion market cap––according to CoinMarketCap––making it the largest cryptocurrency in the DeFi universe. 

Bitcoin’s ingenuity revolves around a financial model that would allow individuals to send electronic payments to one another without using a third party. This is a system referred to as a peer-to-peer network. 

According to the Bitcoin whitepaper, Bitcoin uses a proof-of-work model to electronically and securely record transactions to avoid theft or scamming. 

This electronic “proof-of-work” model has transformed the world of finance and set the foundation for future crypto projects to draw inspiration.  

Significance in Crypto 

Satoshi Nakamoto is arguably not the most popular “figure” in crypto. However, Nakamoto’s Bitcoin project most definitely is.

The Bitcoin cryptocurrency has gone on to influence nearly everything in crypto. Every chain––from Ethereum to Binance and more recently Solana and Cardano––is all built upon the genius of Bitcoin. All DeFi projects owe homage to what started it all.

Besides being the building block and inspiration behind every crypto project, Bitcoin is also the benchmark cryptocurrency representing the crypto markets. Analysts and traders look to Bitcoin to get a feel for the health of the crypto markets. 

Bitcoin brought the world decentralized finance, and the explosion that followed brought use-case innovators and protocols leveraging Bitcoin’s brilliance. 

Decentralized, powerful, incredibly useful, and without a human face attached to it, Bitcoin truly embodies everything about decentralized finance.


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John Tunney

John Tunney is an accomplished analyst and crypto enthusiast. The UCLA alum has been actively reporting and blogging for 3 years, and has a passion for all things finance.

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