Is having a known public identity not helpful in building reputation for a project? Are the privacy and security concessions associated with revealing your identity not worth the perceived benefit?

  • Which coins? The major ones have clear creators Litecoin = Charlie Lee, Ethereum = Vitalik Buterin, etc.
    – Jimmy Song
    Commented May 28, 2016 at 15:49
  • Good point. There are hundreds (or thousands?) of alt coins. Your comment correctly points most of the largest (by market cap) do have some known developers. However the majority (of much smaller projects) of developers still remain anonymous. It will be interesting to see if this changes.
    – tryinghard
    Commented May 28, 2016 at 19:03
  • I honestly don't know of any coins that have an anonymous creator other than bitcoin. You can at least look up the bitcointalk username from the altcoin forum of most altcoins.
    – Jimmy Song
    Commented May 28, 2016 at 19:29
  • Well, it depends what you mean by "anonymous". Satoshi has an account on bitcointalk too :) To the original question, there are two main reasons: one is because a lot of those coins are scams, and many of them started by the same few people. Second, is that people who like privacy are attracted by cryptocurrencies, and their choice to remain anonymous follows readily. How to tell between the two is left as an exercise for the reader :)
    – user36303
    Commented Jun 3, 2016 at 16:10


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