Chainlink, the oracle network that provides reliable data input and output for complex smart contracts, is in the spotlight once again. Interestingly, Chainlink co-founder Sergey Nazarov, who seems to be a very private person, more or less spilled that he is the real Satoshi Nakamoto.
In a fireside chat with Ben Chan, VP Engineering for Chainlink, Nazarov explained how the Chainlink Oracle Network will scale to meet DeFi market demand. During the discussion, Nazarov accidentally let out that he has been working in the blockchain industry for over 10 years. He immediately realized he didn’t mean to let it slip and tried to cover it up. However, many more pieces of evidence since 2008 fortify the belief in the Sergey Nazarov (SN) = Satoshi Nakamoto (SN) theory.
— David Levinson (@david__levinson) October 18, 2020
The pieces of evidence we are talking about date back to 2008. It seems that on October 25, 2008, Nazarov registered the domain smartcontract.com. Interestingly, this is the current landing page of Chainlink’s smart contracts. Do the month and the year ring any bells? Here it is – exactly six days after the smartcontract.com registration, Satoshi came out with the first version of the Bitcoin white paper.
Connecting the dots
A lookup of the email ID that bought smartcontract.com reveals that the chainlink.network domain was bought using the same ID. This comes across as very strong evidence that Nazarov has been in the blockchain smart contract game since 2008. But that doesn’t prove that Nazarov is the real Satoshi. It just confirms that Nazarov was working on blockchain during the Satoshi era.
2010 – smart contract story
In 2010, Satoshi started posting a lot about smart contracts for Bitcoin. Suddenly, in 2014, the first version of smartcontract.com went live. Now let us take a closer look at how this page looked like in 2014.
Well, yes this is what Chainlink’s landing page looked like in 2014. All it talks about is smart contracts for Bitcoin. This is very strong evidence that suggests that Sergey is the real Satoshi.
Evidence deepens – the Russian connection
We took a closer look at Sergey’s LinkedIn profile. The profile reveals his connection with QED Capital, the organization behind smartcontract.com. Basically, QED is a Russian organization and Sergey is the managing director of QED.
In Jun 2020, Michael Kapilkov, a start-up mentor at Columbia University-IBM Blockchain Accelerator, tried to prove the Bitcoin code’s Russian connection. According to his post, Satoshi used a Russian proxy to release the first version of the Bitcoin code. The IP address used was 87.251.146. Interestingly, the same IP was used by a user named Sergey to post hotel reviews in 2008 and 2009.
On October 16, 2020, Sergey’s statement, “The 10 years, ah well…., the number of years in the blockchain,” has fueled the Sergey = Satoshi fire once again.
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At the time of press, LINK price is up by over 14% in the last 14 days. However, the news of Sergey being the real Satoshi did not lead to any price movement, which means the market is mature now.
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