Tracking down the man behind bitcoin

Marketplace’s Noel King waits for reported Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto outside the Marketplace offices. 

This final note, in which one is reminded of OJ Simpson and the white Bronco car chase.

This morning Newsweek revealed the identity of the guy who, they say, invented bitcoin. His name is Satoshi Nakamoto, which everyone had thought was just a pseudonym.

Turns out he lives in an LA suburb called Temple City. That is, the guy who might have changed money as we know it lives here in Southern California in the same city the Marketplace studios call home.

But that's not the crazy part. The crazy part is that the media's been chasing him all over town, in a prius. And his end destination? The Associated Press's Los Angeles bureau, which just happens to be in the same building as Marketplace's studio.

A sushi lunch was also involved.

About the author

Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of Marketplace, public radio’s program on business and the economy.

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