You may not recognize the name Nick Szabo, but make no mistake, Nick Szabo is somewhat of a cryptocurrency legend.
His origins date back before the creation of Bitcoin when he was working on a cryptocurrency known as bit gold. Additionally, in 2005 (three years before BTC) he penned a blog post describing an idea for a cryptocurrency that would be unaffected by third parties. Finally, some researchers with much more time on their hands then us, compared the writings of the Bitcoin White Paper to some of Nick Szabo’s published works and found a great many similarities.
Mr. Szabo has however gone on record many times stating that he is not Satoshi. In fact he is downright insistent of that fact.