Take the 2-minute tour ×
Bitcoin Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for Bitcoin crypto-currency enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Who is Satoshi Nakamoto? I have heard about him and read his paper.

Why is he no-longer publicly involved in Bitcoin?

share|improve this question
3  
Downvoted. Question is not well researched and honestly sounds a hair consipriacy-theory-ish. –  David Perry Aug 31 '11 at 4:13
1  
I asked the question rhetorically. It's going to be asked a lot here, so you might as well get it out of the way. –  Alex Waters Aug 31 '11 at 4:14
6  
OK my problem is specifically with the last line. I have no problem fielding questions about Satoshi, his paper or his current involvement. At the point we begin fielding questions about Satoshi belonging to the CIA we might as well start chatting about alien autopsy videos too. Points 1 and 2 deserve a good answer, point 3 isn't constructive. In that spirit, I'll construct an answer which addresses these specific points –  David Perry Aug 31 '11 at 4:18
1  
Voted to close as off topic. David Perry's answer covers pretty much all we realistically can know about Satoshi. This forum deals with issues arising from Satoshi's creation, not the person. –  Gary Rowe Aug 31 '11 at 10:18
3  
I have removed the third part for those who took it at face value. Also, the answer that I gave was unbiased redaction of the forum thread. I have deleted it due to the downvotes. –  Alex Waters Sep 2 '11 at 4:12
show 2 more comments

1 Answer

up vote 18 down vote accepted

Satoshi Nakamoto is the elusive and private creator of bitcoin. He published a 2007 paper entitled Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System (pdf warning) which is the basis of the bitcoin client/protocol. He has stated his nationality as Japanese and published a PGP key, has a sourceforge page and aside from that not much is known. It sort of follows that someone interested in creating a distributed pseudonymous online currency would be a very private person.

It is also suspected that Satoshi may be a pseudonym for any of a number of people involved in the original development - a mask used for safety and protection against legal persecution for the creation of such a potentially disruptive product. To that end, Satoshi may still be involved in bitcoin, although as you stated, not publicly. As with everything else about Satoshi, the reason for his lack of current involvement is unknown.

share|improve this answer
10  
He also has a bitcointalk profile with a few hundred posts. –  nmat Aug 31 '11 at 23:22
    
Are there public chat logs written by Satoshi? –  Brian Armstrong Apr 15 '13 at 7:04
    
Seriously isn't it common sense that one (or more) of the core developers is or knows who is Satoshi Nakamoto? E.g. Gavin Andresen, Pieter Wuille, Nils Schneider, Jeff Garzik, Gregory Maxwell etc –  Pacerier Nov 17 '13 at 20:13
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.