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Who Is Satoshi? | Take Two

by Daniel Polotsky
January 24, 2020

According to Wikipedia, "Satoshi Nakamoto is the name used by the pseudonymous person or persons who developed bitcoin, authored the bitcoin white paper, and created and deployed bitcoin's original reference implementation. As part of the implementation, Nakamoto also devised the first blockchain database."

All month we've been asking each contributor who they think Satoshi is and stockpiling their answers. Here is Daniel Polotsky's answer. You can read Daniel's interview, Crypto For The Cash Economy, in full now. 

Daniel Polotsky is the CEO of CoinFlip, the leading Bitcoin ATM Operator in the US.

Who do you think Satoshi is?

Who is the Satoshi Nakamoto? If you really think about it, there's probably only a handful of people who are intelligent enough to make something like Bitcoin, have the cryptography skills. So it's not like it can be that many people, right? There have probably been people working on similar projects like Bitgold and all that other stuff in the past.

There is a theory that I buy into, that it was one of the people who led the cyber punk movement back in the day, like a bunch of libertarians who wanted money to be more free. It's probably one of those cryptographers or maybe it's them acting as a group. The common thing that everyone thinks is Nick Szabo or Hal Finney, I would think Hal Finney is a pretty good guess because if you think about it, the Bitcoin that Satoshi Nakamoto has, since he put them in his wallet, haven't moved. It could be somebody that passed away. I don't know why he wouldn't leave it to his kids, but the wallet hasn't moved. It's probably somebody from that group.