SHIB Lead Dev to Finally Be Unmasked? Shytoshi Teases IRL Debut

Is the mystical SHIB lead developer Shytoshi Kusama happy to take the mask off after years of keeping out of sight?

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  • SHIB’s lead dev, Shytoshi Kusama, hinted at a live appearance on IVS2024.
  • Encouraging SHIB custodians to join in, Kusama breaks a two-week silence.
  • In last year’s ETH Toronto, Shy Kusama presented Shibarium to the world.

Shiba Inu’s (SHIB) lead developer, Shytoshi Kusama, has broken several weeks of silence on X, expressing excitement about the upcoming IVS2024 conference in Kyoto, Japan. IVS2024, the biggest start-up conference in the region, will be joined by Kusama, according to the statement.

Shytoshi Finally Unmasking Their True Identity?

If Kusama appeared live, it would mark the first time the SHIB leader appeared in public.

“EXCITED!!!!” shouted Kusama, reposting a 22-second promotional video of the event. In the following tweet, Kusama, normally a man of a few words, explained his change of heart: “I’ve been quite shy and quiet these past few years… but it’s time that changes, and we show the world the importance of Web3.”


For context, this year’s edition of the start-up-focused conference in Kyoto takes the theme of Web2 and Web3, in particular, how these two generations of the internet are shaping the future of the world. The IVS2024 is set to take place between July 4 and July 6.

The SHIB Army Gives Warm Woofs to Shytoshi

The enthusiasm to appear at a live event for the first time has been met with pleasantly surprised reactions. SHIB Army’s prominent members were left open-mouthed when the news dropped, with many sending encouraging messages and “Woofs” of gratitude towards Kusama.

Kusama previously gave a keynote speech at last year’s edition of the Blockchain Futurist Conference in Toronto, Canada. The hallmark speech introduced the world to Shibarium Layer-2, SHIB’s public blockchain, which has garnered over 1.8 million crypto wallets and 417 million transactions in less than a year of existence.


However, Kusama’s appearance was virtual at that time. Shiba Inu’s team flew to Toronto to showcase the fundamentals of SHIB: The Metaverse first displayed at ETH Toronto via the WAGMI Temple Flyover. This was followed by a live group meditation that was later covered by Forbes as a highlight of the event.

This time appears to be different, as Kusama has opened up about talking to his mentor in recent weeks about revealing his true identity. Kusama’s mentor advised the mysterious Shiba Inu developer to take off the mask.

On the Flipside

  • The constantly switching geographic location on Shytoshi’s official X handle has raised curiosity among SHIB Army members, wanting to know Kusama’s next move.
  • In a matter of a day, Kusama’s geolocation changes started with the United Kingdom, then shifted to Nice, France, and eventually settled in Kyoto, Japan.

Why This Matters

Meme currencies were the most profitable crypto niche in Q1 of 2024. Thus, opening doors to solid SHIB representation in real-life events can magnify the community-driven potential.

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Tadas Klimasevskis

Tadas Klimaševskis is a Lithuanian journalist at DailyCoin, specializing in covering the lighter side of the crypto industry such as memecoins and pop culture in the metaverse. He has experience as a music artist, English language teacher, and freelance writer, and uses his creative writing skills to summarize valuable information in his work. He is also a strong believer in the potential of blockchain and spends his free time listening to music, traveling, and watching basketball games.