Coinbase cites Satoshi Nakamoto as a risk to its business
In its official registration with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to receive approval for the IPO, Coinbase explains that demand for Bitcoin may deteriorate or its price may drop if Nakamoto’s identity is revealed or if his coins are moved .
“… the identification of Satoshi Nakamoto, the person or persons with a pseudonym who developed Bitcoin, or the transfer of Bitcoins from Satoshi [could adversely affect our business].”
Nakamoto, which mined the first 50 BTCs in block 0 in 2009, is estimated to hold around one million coins. With the current supply undermined around 18.6 million, the holdings of the creator of Bitcoin represent more than 5% of the total supply of the cryptocurrency.
The seven-digit BTC stock makes Nakamoto one of the richest people on the planet, reaching the top 20 richest persons in the world ranking in March, even exceeding the holdings of the world’s largest Bitcoin fund Grayscale. In January, the fund by which several institutional investors acquired exposure to BTC held 3% of the existing Bitcoin offering.
The United States-based cryptocurrency exchange cites regulatory uncertainty as another factor that could negatively impact its business. According to Coinbase, the actions of global regulators are a risk factor in the future, especially in the case of an adversarial movement against Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
“[Our business may be adversely affected by] laws and regulations affecting the Bitcoin and Ethereum networks or access to those networks, including the determination that Bitcoin or Ethereum should be regulated under the laws of any jurisdiction. “
Coinbase also adds that technological advances, specifically in digital and quantum computing, can make Bitcoin useless and, consequently, harm their business.
“… Development in mathematics, technology, including digital computing, algebraic geometry and quantum computing that can result in the cryptography used by Bitcoin and Ethereum becoming insecure or ineffective [is another risk factor].”