Find the best broker for your trading or investing needs Although he has repeatedly denied it, there is a decent chance that computer scientist and cryptocurrency expert Nick Szabo is, in fact, bitcoin founder Satoshi Nakamoto. Satoshi’s true identity (or identities—there are some who believe that Satoshi is a nickname for a group of developers rather than a single founder) has remained one of the great mysteries of the cryptocurrency era.

Nonetheless, many analysts and cryptocurrency enthusiasts are convinced that Nick Szabo is the true Satoshi. Here are some of the reasons why.

One of the reasons that Szabo could be Satoshi is that the computer scientist created an important predecessor of bitcoin. Called “bit gold,” this early example of a digital currency provided an important impetus for some of the developments that would later characterize bitcoin.

Further, Szabo and Satoshi contacted the same group of people for feedback and advice with their respective cryptocurrency projects. According to Gizmodo, Szabo even backdated a blog post asking for advice on how to launch bit gold in order to make it appear that he wrote the query after Satoshi released a paper on bitcoin in 2008.

Gizmodo’s report indicates that Satoshi and Szabo even have a similar writing style, citing Szabo’s blog post and Satoshi’s early paper on bitcoin. From research conducted at Aston University in Birmingham, England, to determine potential contenders for the real identity of Satoshi, a report concluded that Szabo’s writing contains “striking parallels” to Satoshi’s, including similar writing mannerisms and phrasings. Read more from investopedia.com…

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