Satoshi Nakamoto is the name used by the unknown person or nakamoto bitcoin wiki page who developed bitcoin, authored the bitcoin white paper, and created and deployed bitcoin’s original reference implementation. On a P2P Foundation profile, Nakamoto claimed to be a man living in Japan, born on 5 April 1975. In October 2008, Nakamoto published a paper on the cryptography mailing list at metzdowd. It was titled “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System”.
Nakamoto claimed that work on the writing of the code began in 2007. Nakamoto knew that due to its nature, the core design would have to be able to support a broad range of transaction types. Nakamoto created a website with the domain name bitcoin. 2009 Chancellor on brink of second bailout for banks. The text refers to a headline in The Times published on 3 January 2009.
This note has been interpreted as both a timestamp of the genesis date and a derisive comment on the instability caused by fractional-reserve banking. It is a strong indication that the first block was mined no earlier than this date. The genesis block has a timestamp of 18:15:05 GMT on 3 January 2009. This block is unlike all other blocks in that it doesn’t have a previous block to reference. This required the use of custom code to mine it. As initially the sole and subsequently the predominant miner, Nakamoto was awarded bitcoin at genesis and for 10 days afterwards.
Except for test transactions these remain unspent since mid January 2009. The public bitcoin transaction log shows that Nakamoto’s known addresses contain roughly one million bitcoins. Nakamoto has not disclosed any personal information when discussing technical matters. He provided some commentary on banking and fractional-reserve banking. Nakamoto, or at least one individual in the consortium claiming to be him, was of Commonwealth origin. 3 October 2008 or a bit over a month later, which is consistent with the local date mentioned in the Cypherpunk mailing list email.
This is an earlier draft than the final draft on bitcoin. Gavin Andresen has said of Nakamoto’s code: “He was a brilliant coder, but it was quirky”. There is still doubt about the real identity of Satoshi Nakamoto. In December 2013, a blogger named Skye Grey linked Nick Szabo to the bitcoin whitepaper using a stylometric analysis. Detailed research by financial author Dominic Frisby provides much circumstantial evidence but, as he admits, no proof that Satoshi is Szabo.