Satoshi Nakamoto Was Weird and Bossy: One of The Bitcoin Developers Who Worked Closely With Nakamoto
For the longest time, people, specially Bitcoin enthusiasts who have been wanting to know more about the person, who started the crypto community with the advent of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto. While people say the person does not want to come in the news, many say that Satoshi Nakamoto is not even a real name.
In the summer of 2011, Nakamoto vanished from the internet and he 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 whitepaper itself.
Now, to straighten it out, Laszlo Hanyecz, one of the bitcoin developer who was best known for making the first real-world purchase in bitcoin for a pair of multi-million dollar pizzas, told Business Insider that he exchanged hundreds of emails with Satoshi Nakamoto over the course of 2010.
Hanyecz started off with an interaction with Nakamoto when he had been mining bitcoins on his laptop and expressed interest in contributing to the cryptocurrency’s development online. Nakamoto agreed, Hanyecz said, and over the course of the year, he sent over tasks for Hanyecz to complete.
Hanyecz labelled his interactions with Nakamoto were always “kind of weird.” Hanyecz told about his situation that time
“I thought bitcoin was awesome and I wanted to be involved, but I had a regular developing job,”
“Nakamoto would send me emails like, ‘Hey, can you fix this bug? Hey, can you do this?'”
Hanyecz said he was treated like a full time employee and given so much work even though Nakamoto knew that this Bitcoin project was only a side project he was doing for free.
“He’d say: ‘Hey, the west side’s down.’ Or, ‘We have these bugs, we need to fix this.’ I’d be like, ‘We? We’re not a team,'” said Hanyecz. “I thought that it was approval from him, that maybe he accepted me as a member. But I didn’t want the responsibility. I didn’t really understand all of the forces that were going on at the time.”
“I’d say, ‘Hey, you’re not my boss. I didn’t take it too seriously, though.”
When Hanyecz would ask a few questions, Nakamoto would always dodge them
Satoshi Nakamoto didn’t seem too thrilled about Hanyecz’s burgeoning mining pursuits either, said Hanyecz.
“He said, “Well, I’d rather not have you do the mining too much,”.
“He was trying to grow the community and get more commerce-use cases. He fully recognized that mining would become a thing where a few people would get wealthy.”
Typically, Hanyecz would contact Nakamoto throughout the week with technical inquiries usually related to bitcoin’s code, he said. When Nakamoto chose to respond, he’d do so all at once, usually towards the end of the week.
“I just assumed he was busy working on other stuff,” said Hanyecz.
Despite working on a strenuous, highly technical project together, Hanyecz said that Nakamoto would never disclose his true identity and would work in anonymity, to the point that it struck Hanyecz as distinctly odd.
“He or she or whoever it was never told me anything personal. I asked a few questions, but he always dodged them. Those questions never got answered.”
Hanyecz assumed like many others, that Satoshi Nakamoto, by his name must be a man of Asian origins who was eccentric. There were several emails where Hanyecz said that Nakamoto struck him as paranoid.
“There were a few times when I got messages that seemed off-base,”
“I brushed them off because I was like, ‘Who cares if this guy tells me to go pound sand and go away?’ This wasn’t my job or anything, it was a hobby. I was trying to be friends with him. He seemed very paranoid about people breaking the software. He kept calling it ‘pre-release,’ and I was helping him get it to release.”
In hindsight, Hanyecz said that Nakamoto’s paranoia was understandable.
“If anything had happened to the code early on, we wouldn’t be heaving this conversation today,”
Hanyecz said that it wasn’t new for him to deal with weird personalities on the internet but that his interactions with Nakamoto consistently gave him what he called “a weird feeling.”
However, in the bottom line, Hanyecz said that he has deep respect for both Nakamoto’s project and the person, or team, behind the name Satoshi Nakamoto. Hanyecz also believes that Bitcoin might not exist today if it wasn’t for its creator’s decision to evade the public eye.
“It’s exciting because people love a man of mystery, but I try to steer people towards the fact that it doesn’t matter who made it. He could be a psycho killer,”
“People like to identify with heroes or villains, but in the cryptosphere your code has to speak for itself. Charisma and being an interesting person only gets you so far when you’re a developer. Ultimately, you’ll be judged on the quality of your code and your idea.”
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