Did Satoshi Create CryptoNote?

self.Monero12d ago
Satoshi Nakamoto sent out the original bitcoin whitepaper to a cryptography email list on 10-21-2008 (1). The list was a bunch of cypher punks who advocated for widespread use of strong cryptography and privacy-enhancing technologies as a route to social and political change (2). About a year later, Satoshi created the bitcointalk.org forum in November of 2009 to discuss and develop bitcoin (3). Bitcointalk.org grew rapidly and is still used today. In 2014 a bitcointalk user "DStrange" stumbled upon a website while trying to mine another altcoin that appeared to be a project called Bytecoin. This appeared to be a privacy focused altcoin project that was kept secret (4). Bytecoin was unknown to any users on bitcointalk.org, however the project appeared to have been up and running on remote servers since 2012 (for two years at the time) (5). Bytecoin was the first altcoin that used a different hash function and served a useful different purpose than Bitcoin. It used an algorithm called CryptoNight which was developed by an anonymous group called CryptoNote (6). When Bytecoin was discovered, the bitcointalk community were amazed at first but quickly became skeptical of the creation and background since no one knew who owned the 80% of Bytecoins already mined. It was quickly forked by the community into Bitmonero by a user name "thankful_for_today" (7). thankful_for_today was not very community minded and went off grid for long periods of time so the community quickly forked again into Monero (8). The 8 founders of Monero are a mix of anonymous and known contributors of bitcointalk.org. The true identity of Satoshi Nakamoto can only really be a few options. 1. The government 2. Nick Szabo (creator of bit gold) (9) 3. Hal Finney (received first bitcoin transaction) (10) 4. Len Sassaman (14) 5. Other cryptographer 6. Group of cryptographers My opinion is that it was a group of cryptographers led by Nick Szabo. There were few in the world who understood and knew the technology and theory behind bitcoin in 2008. Nick Szabo's Bit Gold was basically bitcoin with a few tweaks and was released before the bitcoin whitepaper yet it was not referenced in the original bitcoin whitepaper. (13) In August of 2010, a thread was posted on bitcointalk.org that piqued Satoshi's interest. (11) Satoshi very rarely got off topic of development, but this thread got him interested. The thread discussed a variation of bitcoin that was privacy focused. Satoshi admitted himself that "If a solution was found, a much better, easier, more convenient implementation of Bitcoin would be possible." Oddly enough, a user named Bytecoin was among the 3 posters in the thread... Satoshi went dark from bitcointalk.org a few months after the thread above. I think he went to start working on the new project. According to the Bytecoin website from the wayback machine, it was launched in 2012. I think it was a new and improved project by some of the same cryptographers who made bitcoin. Adam Back, a well known cyrptographer, tweeted about cryptonote well before it was public (12). Adam Back was also referenced on the original bitcoin whitepaper by Satoshi (13). Conclusion TLDR: Satoshi left the bitcoin project to work on CryptoNote which later became Monero. Monero is what Bitcoin was supposed to be. (1) https://www.bitcoin.com/satoshi-archive/emails/cryptography/1/ (2) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cypherpunk (3) https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5.msg28#msg28 (4) https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=512747.msg5661039#msg5661039 (5) https://web.archive.org/web/20140430023418/https://bytecoin.org/ (6) https://web.archive.org/web/20140820220440/https://cryptonote.org/ (7) https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=563821.0 (8) https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=583449.0 (9) https://nakamotoinstitute.org/bit-gold/ (10) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal_Finney_(computer_scientist) (11) https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=770.0 (12) https://twitter.com/adam3us/status/447105453634641921 (13) https://bitcoin.org/bitcoin.pdf (14) https://evanhatch.medium.com/len-sassaman-and-satoshi-e483c85c2b10