The father of modern day cryptocurrency and Bitcoin for that matter, Satoshi Nakamoto has remained a mystery to many, so much so that there have been endless attempts to unveil who this genius is.
Recently, a #FindSatoshi campaign was launched on social media in the latest effort to lift the veil on this person who engineered and fostered contemporary cryptocurrency as we have it. The campaign leads for this search have taken to an international crowdfunding campaign and enlisted the services of world-class private detectives from Japan, New York and other parts of the world to assist with the true identity of Satoshi.
German Neff from Estonia has started fund raiser on a Russian crowdfunding site with the aim of raising up to a quarter of a million dollars to help with the search effort to find Satoshi Nakamoto. It is from this fund that detectives from across the globe would be hired to carry-out the comprehensive work of making the world know who the Bitcoin pioneer is.
“Before the new economy gained momentum and until Bitcoin did not cost nearly $20,000, digital money could have been called ‘geek pampering.’ The appearance of Bitcoin is widely compared to supernova explosion. And after one has happened, some uncertainty started to take place.” Neff said.
The true identity of Satoshi has been speculated for years with many conjectures on his person being espoused. The speculations on his identity have sometimes taken a comical turn as was the case with a man with the exact same name nomenclature ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’ being made to bear the uncomfortable brunt of mainstream media coverage when he was assumed to be the real deal – the man had never even heard about Bitcoin until the disturbing episode which had to force him and his family to constantly take cover from paparazzies – he is however now a converted Bitcoiner.
Despite the number of Satoshi-search fails of times past, German Neff insists that “Satoshi needs to be found. And it is not just a trite curiosity. Now the market is on a fragile balance; for the further development of cryptocurrency, we need to know who created crypto and why. Was it really an enthusiast who gave the world an independent currency or was it a group of people pursuing scientific or purely selfish purpose? Or perhaps Bitcoin is an invention of a large company or IT giant that decided to take a new direction? Can Bitcoin be the state invention, created with the purpose to control all transactions? There are many assumptions as to who might be behind this, but neither theory has been confirmed.”