- Coinbase revealed the documents to go public via a direct listing on Thursday.
- The digital trading platform lists Satoshi Nakamoto as one of the recipients of the public filing.
- Bitcoin was created as the first decentralized cryptocurrency in 2009.
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Cryptocurrency exchange platform Coinbase symbolically sent a copy of its public filing to the mysterious creator of bitcoin alongside its lawyers and other people helping with the listing.
The digital trading platform lists Satoshi Nakamoto — the pseudonym used by the individual or group of people who developed bitcoin — as one of the recipients of the public filing. The name “Nakamoto” first came into the spotlight in 2009 when bitcoin was invented. The name appeared on a white paper, outlining the principles of a cryptographically secured and decentralized peer-to-peer digital payment system.
In the years since, bitcoin has largely dominated the cryptocurrency world, rising over 400% in the past year along to easily remain the largest digital coin by market cap.
While Coinbase trades other digital currencies, including ethereum, litecoin, and tezos, bitcoin has been perhaps the most important contributor to the company’s success. Ahead of its direct listing, Coinbase was valued above $100 billion.
Coinbase is likely set to continue to boom alongside bitcoin, as the valuation did not include 2021 numbers — which have seen the digital currency hit all-time highs. Other companies, including electric carmaker Tesla, have also invested in the digital currency.
In the letter from the founder and CEO of Coinbase Brian Armstrong, he celebrated the mainstream appeal of currencies like bitcoin.
“Coinbase is building the infrastructure to power the cryptoeconomy, helping bring the benefits of this new technology to the world,” Armstrong said in the letter.
Over 100 million people currently use digital currencies, according to a February report from Crypto.org. Coinbase is the largest US based digital currency trading platform, housing over 20 million users.
Bitcoin’s success could be linked to Nakamoto’s anonymity
In its filing, Coinbase lists the identification of Nakamoto as a potential risk for the trading platform, saying it could lead to the deterioration of bitcoin prices. The company also said it could be negatively impacted if Nakamoto transferred his bitcoins — of which he is rumored to have over one million, valued at $30 billion in total.
There has been much speculation over the years as to the creator of bitcoin’s identity — with fingers pointed at bitcoin developer Nick Szabo, entrepreneur Craig Wright, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, and even 70-year-old Dorian S. Nakamoto, named “Satoshi Nakamoto” at…