The project aimed at finding out the identity of the Bitcoin Network creator Satoshi Nakamoto has recently appeared on Boomstarter crowdfunding platform. The project has already raised over ₽ 2 000 000 (about $ 32 200) from 540 investors.
The project was founded by an Estonian crypto enthusiast Herman Neff, who had been carrying out an amateur investigation of his own on the matter for three years already. He is now planning to raise ₽ 15 000 000 (about $ 242 000) in order to hire the services of independent detective agencies in USA, Japan, Europe and France.
The project founders promise to distribute the funds among the agencies in equal shares, less a small fee, while obliging them to conduct regular public reports on their progress.
As it is explained in the video attached to the project description, the main goal is to find out who’s behind the oldest cryptocurrency and what are the reasons that triggered its creation, in order to make sure this is not a huge scam:
“We, the international group of crypto-enthusiasts #Findsatoshi, are initiating an international search for the creator of Bitcoin Satoshi Nakamoto. The cryptocurrency world needs to be sure that the cryptocurrency is not a global fraud.”
As explained by the authors of the project, the choice of the countries of operation is not random at all, because Satoshi might be living in USA and probably has something to do with Japan, whereas the group of cipher punks working under common pseudonym of Satoshi Nakamoto could have been living in Great Britain and Russia. The project plans to use the services of Goro Kayama agency in Japan, New York Intelligence Agency in the USA, Private Detective London agency in the UK and Russian-French agency Osobka, while claiming that all the preliminary negotiations have already been complete.
The project founders believe that crypto enthusiast “have the right to know the identity of Satoshi”, but not without certain reservations though:
“If Satoshi turns out to be an ordinary person – the genius crypto-enthusiast who is simply afraid of publicity – after the publication of his true name we pledge not to bother him in the future and we pledge to completely preserve the inviolability of his identity,” – the project description reads.
The project team should probably think of examining the cryptocurrency holdings of the Bulgarian government as well, as these could truly exceed those belonging to Satoshi. Meanwhile, there were certain hints this month about the alleged creator of Bitcoin Network having started writing his memoirs.