I see quite a few answers from Joel Katz, and a friend of mine referred to him as "a Ripple founder". Is this true? His name is not mentioned on this question.

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"JoelKatz" is the bitcointalk.org handle of David Schwartz. He answered the linked question and referred to himself as "myself", and you should see him listed under this name as a Ripple developer in other places.

  • Thanks. I wonder which of the two is his real name, if at all.
    – ripper234
    Feb 24, 2013 at 11:29
  • @ripper234: I am fairly confident David Schwartz is the real one as it's used more commonly and in more official places. In fact linking to the SE profile changed my answer as I meant him as a person, not just the SE profile. Feb 24, 2013 at 11:57
  • Feel free to revert my edit if you want.
    – ripper234
    Feb 24, 2013 at 12:10
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    This answer is correct. My real name is "David Schwartz". I have used the nickname "JoelKatz" for a long time, including on the Bitcoin Forum. If you look at my profile on SE, you'll see this: "I am OpenCoin's Chief Cryptographer and one of the architects of the Ripple payment system." Feb 24, 2013 at 19:07

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