I read some articles about Satoshi's history and stumbled upon this one:

No one knows what Satoshi is up to, but one of the last emails he sent to a software developer, dated April 23 2011, said “I’ve moved on to other things. It’s in good hands with Gavin and everyone.”

Source: http://www.coindesk.com/information/who-is-satoshi-nakamoto/

This sentence of Satoshi is quoted many times in the web, but I can't find a source who published it or to which developer it was send. I know there are archives of Satoshi's mails but I didn't find this statement in any of them.

Does anybody have further information about it?

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    Actually his latest statement was about him not being Dorian Nakamoto earlier this year: p2pfoundation.ning.com/forum/topics/… Jun 28, 2014 at 22:41
  • yeah I saw this one, but I'm not sure if this is a real post of him, because its a different account than the original one, still it uses the same email Jun 29, 2014 at 6:03
  • I remember the owner of p2pfoundation was able to verify his signature. Can't find reference of this though. Jun 29, 2014 at 9:05
  • Who is gavin here Mar 25, 2021 at 12:51

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I've got an answer on Reddit:

It's likely to have been written in a PM or an email to some developers, and it seems that Mike Hearn (BitcoinJ) was the one who published this statement:

Mike Hearn - February 25, 2013, 12:48:54 PM

He communicated with a few of the core developers before leaving. He told myself and Gavin that he had moved on to other things and that the project was in good hands.

Source: Re: Could Satoshi come back and tell us what he/her thinks about the block size?

Still, if someone has additional information I would be glad to know about.


Ultimate necro, but it was Mike Hearn. You can find multiple emails between Satoshi Nakamoto and himself from back then at his site here: http://plan99.net/%7Emike/

The specific quote you've found is the last email in the last thread (http://plan99.net/%7Emike/satoshi-emails/thread5.html).

  • This should be the accepted answer. This gives the context and conversation that email was sent in.
    – scravy
    Sep 20, 2021 at 8:39

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