August 29, 2014
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[The following post by TDV Head Researcher, Justin O'Connell]
Everybody wants to know who Satoshi Nakamoto is, but why? After all, 70%, if not more, of all bitcoin code has been re-written since his first version of Bitcoin came online. Moreover, many of the people who helped Satoshi re-write the code have been open about their contribution. And in the spirit of open-source, all these individuals are “the creator of bitcoin.”
That's the “commons approach” to incorporation. If you look at Bitcoin as a peer-to-peer corporation, then its earliest adopters are co-founders in a way. If Bitcoin were a traditional company, they'd certainly be C-Level executives.