What Is Satoshi Nakamoto? – The Genius Behind Bitcoin Revealed! Or Not.

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Satoshi Nakamoto? What is Satoshi Nakamoto? For years we didn’t know. The mystery behind Bitcoin and the first blockchain was a true enigma. Man? Woman? Group? Entity? Was Satoshi Nakamoto a real name or a pseudonym?

What is so special about Satoshi? What did Satoshi do? Why did Satoshi wait so long to reveal his identity? Do we really know? Let’s follow the timeline.

First, my prior articles: One leaves Satoshi unrevealed. Another shows him in a video revealing himself. Which one is right? There is still a mystery behind the Satoshi.

Is Satoshi Nakamoto A Man?

A Real Satoshi Nakamoto, A.K.A., Dorian Nakamoto

In 2014 this man led excited reporters on a high-speed car chase through Las Angeles. Why? His real name is Satoshi Nakamoto. Sadly for the reporters, he completely denied being Bitcoin’s founder.

After Newsweek published an article in their March 2014 article claiming they found the creator of Bitcoin, Dorian claimed his family was ruined by the fake story and sued.

He’d been unemployed for a decade and even had to cancel his Internet service at one point because he couldn’t afford it.

In an interesting turn of events, Nakamoto ended up embracing the Bitcoin lifestyle and started playing up the claims. Why not? If you can’t beat them, join them!

Claimants – Or Should We Say Faketoshis

Anyhow, the people in this section have made claims to be Satoshi Nakamoto. Are any of them real?

Craig Steven Wright

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Craig Steven Wright claimed to be Satoshi back in 2016. He writes of himself: Creator of Bitcoin – Satoshi Nakamoto.
Eternal student & researcher. nChain Chief Scientist. Lawyer, banker, economist, pastor, coder, investor, mathematician, stats & world curious.
My opinions are my own. Most people have dismissed his claim.

Although he was granted the rights to the original Bitcoin whitepaper by the United States Copyright Office, most people still don’t believe he is the creator of Bitcoin. On the other hand, being granted the rights have convinced many that he is the inventor.

My question – where is the actual proof? You know, all the BTC that the real Satoshi has.

Bilal Khalid

A.K.A. James Khan.

One of the more recent claimants. I posted one of his videos in a different article. Some people are so easily excited.

Khalid claims to have lost the hard drive with all of his Bitcoin wealth, which explains his lack of ability to prove his claim by that means.

Investigators have revealed that he is too technologically inept to have invented Bitcoin.

Some Guy On Twitter

This guy started a verbal war with Craig Wright and posted the following: “Liar — You, Dr. Craig Wright never had any digital key to sign, and no single proof of his claims — He could not even transact one bitcoin from my whale wallet,” explains the individual who believes he is Satoshi. “He did create an altcoin, BSV, then begged to convert bitcoin core into his crapcoin — Come on, you have nothing. You do not even know how I composed the genesis block and what I coded inside additionally.”

I don’t believe that he is Satoshi, either, but his insults to Craig are rather comical.

Rumors On A Pedestal

These people have not made the claim for themselves. Others claim to believe that this person is the real Satoshi Nakamoto. Could any of them be right?

Shinichi Mochizuki

Here we have Ted Nelson, an elderly YouTuber, revealing his hypothesis. Although Shinichi never made the claim for himself, Ted, in his entertaining narrative expertise, makes an interesting claim on behalf of the Japanese Sensei.

Shinichi, however, denies that he is Satoshi Nakamoto. Respect.

Wei Dai

Wei Dai wrote a paper that predated Bitcoin. It described a form of digital money called “B-money” which was to be untraceable and to be used without outside (read government) interference.

He never claimed to be Satoshi, although he admits to being one of two people, the other was Adam Back, who Satoshi consulted before releasing Bitcoin.

Nick Szabo

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Regarded as the father of smart contracts, a feature that became popular with Ethereum, Nick Szabo was rumored to be Satoshi due to his extensive genius regarding computer science, cryptocurrency, and law.

He came up with the idea for Bit Gold before Bitcoin. Supposedly, Szabo even backdated a blog post that sought advice on how to launch bit gold in order to make it appear that he wrote it after Satoshi released a paper on bitcoin in 2008.

From studies of Szabo’s blogpost and Satoshi’s whitepaper, experts in the field of writing agree that their styles are strikingly similar.

Hal Finney

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Harold Thomas Finney 2nd is a suspect for the true identity of Satoshi Nakamoto for several reasons. Primarily, he was the recipient of the first Bitcoin transaction.

He was known for being a cryptographer and computer scientist who helped fix some bugs in the early Bitcoin protocol. Admittedly, he was one of the few people who exchanged emails regularly with Satoshi Nakamoto.

Another reason he is considered a potential Satoshi is the fact that he lived near Dorian Nakamoto.

Sadly, he died in 2014 leaving his fans with too many unanswered questions.

Michael Clear

In 2011, Joshua Davis – a contributor to The New Yorker – casually interviewed Michael Clear in the suspicion that he was Bitcoin’s founder.

Clear both denied and joked about it at the time, but some of his facetious words caught up with him when Joshua revealed the interview. Be careful what you joke about with reporters.

Despite having to deal with false allegations of being the man who invented Bitcoin, Clear has a solid reputation as a world-class programmer and cryptographer.

Dave Kleiman

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Computer wizard, Dave Kleiman, who died in 2013, was thought to be Satoshi Nakamoto by Gizmodo. Although Dave’s friends and acquaintances admit he had the genius and discretion to be Satoshi, they deny any knowledge of his involvement.

Though there were rumors that he had a trust of millions in BTC, he died alone, broke, and in squalor.

Craig Wright, the self-proclaimed Satoshi, said that he and Dave had created Bitcoin together. Dave had supported Craig all along.

Do You Want To Be Satoshi Nakamoto?

Albacore created an application form that allows anyone to become Satoshi, read Faketoshi. The app is not meant to be taken seriously.

However, you may find it a way to jump on the Faketoshi bandwagon. Join Craig Wright, Bilal Khalid, and too many others who want the fame that only one man/woman/group has earned.

If you decide to try this out, please let us know how it worked out in the comments below.

Speaking of the comments below, feel free to share your ideas about Satoshi Nakamoto!

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21 Thoughts to “What Is Satoshi Nakamoto? – The Genius Behind Bitcoin Revealed! Or Not.”

  1. Alex

    I am still wondering why a man, which had such a great idea like BITCOIN wants to be anonymous. Let’s be honest… sooner or later, the crypto will become the only way of doing buisness. Many people still don’t realize, that we have just started a revolution…. maybe even bigger than the internet’s one.

    I have bitcoins ant ETHS and i am not concerned about the drop, cause it is just matter of time the BC will reach 20000

    1. Cattington

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting, Alex!

  2. Juan Saladin

    “Too technologically inept” jajajaja. Of course, he’s not Satoshi; I’m him… I mean, I’m myself (Satoshi in person). 

    About the one claiming to be “me” xD: He’s just another random guy trying to take advantage of the anonymity of someone else. Anonymous (The society) should report if he is among their members’ list. This is really funny.

    As a friend of mine would say: “Punish him with anonymity; as not all the clowns deserve an audience”. 

    I’ve really enjoyed reading your post. Thanks a lot for keeping us informed about everything ongoing in the Crypto-Universe!

    1. Cattington

      Hello Juan, thank you so much for your humorous response!

  3. Dave Sweney

    I was interested in knowing more about Satoshi Nakamoto as so many people have included him in discussions about BitCoin. He and others are in consideration as the founders of the concept, and because so many have vied for the title, it is generally a lively discussion whenever I and my friends talk about the issue.

    You have brought some new people that I did not know about into the picture, and you can bet that I will use the information for our next debate about who really founded cryptocurrencies. No matter who it might be, they are quite clever, if not geniuses, in my opinion! Very good article and an enjoyable read, thanks!  


    1. Cattington

      Thank you for the kind words, Dave. I wish you the best of luck in your next debate!

  4. Parameter

    Knowing the impact of the Blockchain technology and its Bitcoin in the present world system, it is obvious everybody want to be the creator but it grieves the heart that we may end up given the credit of this marvelous work to a wrong person.
    Going by your article I think Dave Kleiman might be close to it, also Craig’s testimony might make One think he is Satoshi

    1. Cattington

      Excellent thoughts, Parameter!

  5. Paul

    This is a Million dollar question and many years before I was searching for information about the creator of Bitcoin and read about Satoshi Nakamoto. Amazed at the number of claims for being Satoshi Nakamoto. I really enjoyed your article and I got helpful insights.

    I think this is going to be a mystery forever and there is a valid reason why the true creator is not revealing his identity. Also, the people who are claiming to be Satoshi Nakamoto are not providing convincing proof. I really enjoyed the content and in the manner that you presented.

    1. Cattington

      Thank you so much, Paul. I always appreciate your comments. 🙂

  6. Sonny

    I was kinda captivated there for a moment lol! I would have never guessed in a million years that this lengthy cryptocurrency review would lead to a Satoshi t-shirt on amazon!

    I always get flashbacks whenever I read or hear anything about Bitcoin. About 8 years ago, I was trading stocks and my then 10 year old nephew asked me why I don’t invest in Bitcon which was trading at $10 a share at the time. $10 !!! Who would have known it would shoot up to $25,000!! A $5,000 investment would have retired me many times over


    1. Cattington

      Wisdom from the mouths of babes!

  7. shariful islam

    Many thanks to you for sharing such an excellent article with us .Bitcoin and blockchain are very prevalent in our country now.And the founder of this bitcoin is Santosh Nakamoto.But he denied that he was the founder of Bitcoin.But soon after the US Copyright Office gave him the original Bitcoin Hyde paper rights, most people did not believe he was the founder of Bitcoin.After completing your Article, I have learned all the details about Santoshi Nakamoto.

  8. Tracy

    Well, Hal Finney would be my guess on who is the real Satoshi Nakamoto because of the fact that he was the recipient of the first Bitcoin transaction. However, I really have no idea, nor do I understand why the real Satoshi Nakamoto would not want to reveal him or herself. The T-shirt is cool though, I’d wear it. lol

    1. Cattington

      Hello Tracy! You’d look great as a Satoshi!

  9. Sipheni

    Thinking of becoming the next Satoshi, you know a female one for a change  Lol. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your article. Very engaging and entertaining. I for one have heard a lot about the creator of bitcoin and even now, I’m still confused as to who is the real mastermind. Well done for this informative article.

    1. Cattington

      Thank you very much for the kind words, Sipheni. Are you Satoshi? 😉

  10. Parveen

    Your guide is very awesome for everyone. While reading I know that Craig Steven Wright claimed to be Satoshi back in 2016. He writes of himself: Creator of Bitcoin – Satoshi Nakamoto.Eternal student & researcher. nChain Chief Scientist. Lawyer, banker, economist, pastor, coder, investor, mathematician, stats & world curious. Craig Wright, the self-proclaimed Satoshi, said that he and Dave had created Bitcoin together. Dave had supported Craig all along. 

    1. Cattington

      Thank you, Parveen. I’m glad you were able to learn something. 🙂

  11. MrBiizy

    Oh man. This is really interesting. Okay, I know Satoshi is the smaller division of a Bitcoin. I know the creator and founder of Bitcoin is Satoshi Nakamoto but I didn’t bother to know more about him. Really interesting to know that Satoshi Nakamoto is unknown up till date. It’s much more interesting that some persons claim to be Satoshi Nakamoto. Lol! Well, I don’t know who Satoshi Nakamoto really is and I can’t judge whoever claims to be him because he could actually be him. Satoshi Nakamoto must be a brilliant folk.

    1. Cattington

      He is definitely a brilliant folk! Thanks for reading. 🙂

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