Menu IconA vertical stack crypto 2010 three evenly spaced horizontal lines. Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous creator of bitcoin, evaporated from the web seven years ago. Laszlo Hanyecz, a developer who worked on bitcoin early on, told Business Insider he exchanged hundreds of emails with the person or team known as Nakamoto in 2010.
The experience was mostly weird, Hanyecz said. Ten years after murmurs of the world’s first cryptocurrency appeared online, there’s still no definitive clue as to the identity of its creator, the pseudonymous Satoshi Nakamoto. While Nakamoto vanished from the internet in April 2011, the cryptocurrency creator left behind a slender trail of breadcrumbs in the form of emails exchanged with early bitcoin developers, commentary in online forums, and bitcoin’s original white paper. While there’s plenty of speculation regarding Nakamoto’s identity, all the guesses hazarded thus far have led to inconclusive dead ends. Their interaction began when Hanyecz, who had been mining bitcoins on his laptop, expressed interest in contributing to the cryptocurrency’s development online.
Nakamoto agreed, Hanyecz said, and over the course of the year, Nakamoto sent tasks for Hanyecz to complete. Hanyecz said his interactions with Nakamoto were always “kind of weird. I thought bitcoin was awesome, and I wanted to be involved, but I had a regular developing job,” Hanyecz said. Nakamoto would send me emails like ‘Hey, can you fix this bug? Hanyecz said that even though his work on bitcoin was a side project he worked on for free, Nakamoto treated him as if he were a full-time employee. He’d say, ‘Hey, the west side’s down,’ or ‘We have these bugs — we need to fix this. We’re not a team,” Hanyecz said.