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On The Brink with Castle Island

Hosts Matt Walsh and Nic Carter of Castle Island Ventures explore the political, ethical, and economic significance of Bitcoin and other public blockchains and talk to some of the leading experts in the industry. Learn more and stay up to date at CastleIsland.vc and follow on twitter @CastleIslandVC

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Recent Episodes of On The Brink with Castle Island


Weekly Roundup 07/12/24 (Crypto in the GOP platform, Uniswap vs SEC, SEC v Paxos ends)

Weekly Roundup 07/12/24 (Crypto in the GOP platform, Uniswap vs SEC, SEC v Paxos ends)

Matt and Nic are back for another week of news and deals. In this episode: 

Germany is still selling Bitcoin ETHcc chaos in Brussels Trump is speaking at Bitcoin Nashville The SAB121 overturn veto override did not pass The Republican party includes crypto in their official platform Polychain Eclipse drama Uniswap versus the SEC over their exchange act The SEC drops its investigation into Paxos Ro Khanna's crypto summit Euros and Copa America developments

Sponsor notes:

State of the Network’s Q2 2024 Wrap-Up In Coin Metrics State of the Network Issue 267, we take a data-driven look at the...

Episode 544 12 July 2024 32m and 11s


Adam Levine on the Fireblocks Global Custodian Partner Program

Adam Levine on the Fireblocks Global Custodian Partner Program

Adam Levine, Head of Corporate Development and Partnerships at Fireblocks joins the show. In this episode we discuss:

The history of Fireblocks and the evolution of MPC custody. The recent announcement of the Fireblocks Global Custodian Partner Program and the initial partners. The current state of tokenization and how Fireblocks is playing in that market. Stablecoins and how Fireblocks engages in this market segment. Views on the regulatory landscape.

To learn more about Fireblocks visit their website and learn about their Global Custodian Partner Program.

 

Episode 543 11 July 2024 26m and 52s


Leo Zhang (Alkimiya) on creating a market for Bitcoin blockspace

Leo Zhang (Alkimiya) on creating a market for Bitcoin blockspace

Leo Zhang, founder of Alkimiya, joins the show to talk about their Bitcoin fee exposure product. In this episode: 

The evolution of Alkimiya Alkimiya’s current product approach Why solving Bitcoin transaction fee volatility matters How blockspace compares to conventional commodities What kind of market participants would want to long or short Bitcoin transaction fees? Avoiding manipulation in blockspace markets The decision to build on Base Reminiscing on the Ethereum gas token Building a fee product for Bitcoin as opposed to any other L1 Leo’s long term views on Bitcoin fees Bitcoin season 2 and the cultural shift in Bi...

Episode 542 8 July 2024 46m and 34s


Weekly Roundup 07/04/24 (Chevron overturned, prediction markets, revisiting Silvergate)

Weekly Roundup 07/04/24 (Chevron overturned, prediction markets, revisiting Silvergate)

Matt and Nic return for another week of news and deals. In this episode:

Will Biden step down? The importance of prediction markets in elections Can you insider trade on prediction markets? What does the SCOTUS repeal of Chevron mean for crypto? SEC sues Consensys Stripe and Coinbase partnership Circle achieves MiCA compliance for USDC and EURC Will Euro stables ever be popular? Silvergate settles with the SEC, SF Fed, and California Why the Silvergate story remains a huge scandal Polkadot’s strange spending habits Bozo of the week Blackrock puts IBIT in their global allocation fund Matt’s SE...

Episode 541 4 July 2024 48m and 50s


Weekly Roundup 06/28/24 (Solana ETF, Coinbase sues FDIC, SCOTUS vs SEC)

Weekly Roundup 06/28/24 (Solana ETF, Coinbase sues FDIC, SCOTUS vs SEC)

Nic and Matt are back for another week of news and deals. In this episode: 

Nic’s vehicular issues BTC mining FUD is now AI fud Abra settles with state regulators over lack of MTLs State Street and Galaxy Digital partner up US reps visit imprisoned Binance exec in Nigeria Vaneck files for a Solana ETF Coinbase is suing the FDIC and the SEC Germany is selling Bitcoin SCOTUS further limits the SEC’s power

Sponsor notes: 

Mastering Crypto Derivatives In Coin Metrics' State of the Network issue 265, we dive into the landscape of derivatives in tradit...

Episode 540 28 June 2024 38m and 55s


Adam Healy (Station 70) on Digital Asset Cybersecurity

Adam Healy (Station 70) on Digital Asset Cybersecurity

Adam Healy, the co-founder and CEO of Station 70 joins the show. In this episode we discuss:

Adam’s career and path that led him to enter the digital assets industry as a CSO and eventually co-founder of Station 70. The evolution of digital asset custody from a technology perspective. The evolution of MPC as an infrastructure technology. The threat vectors that CSOs must confront in managing a custodial business. Cybersecurity best practices. The inception of Station 70 and the state of private key backups in the digital asset industry. How market structure is likely to evolve with more banks and br...

Episode 539 26 June 2024 41m and 42s


Weekly Roundup 06/21/24 (Certik v Kraken, Trump’s memecoin, Paul Ryan op-ed)

Weekly Roundup 06/21/24 (Certik v Kraken, Trump’s memecoin, Paul Ryan op-ed)

Matt and Nic return for another week of news and deals. In this episode: 

Certik goes from white hat to black hat regarding a Kraken exploit Bozo of the week The DJT memecoin scandal and Martin Shkreli What’s the deal with Barron Trump and the DJT memecoin? Should we welcome celebrity memecoins? Should bankers have been more supportive of crypto over SAB121? Paul Ryan’s stablecoin op-ed in the WSJ

Sponsor notes:

Floating on Thin Air In Coin Metrics' State of the Network issue 264, we dive into the different factors of a project’s tokenomics and its...

Episode 538 21 June 2024 36m and 57s


Edward Woodford (Zero Hash) on Digital Asset Infrastructure

Edward Woodford (Zero Hash) on Digital Asset Infrastructure

Edward Woodford, founder and CEO of Zero Hash joins the show. In this episode we discuss:

Edward’s origin story in the digital asset industry and his path to founding Zero Hash. Zero Hash’s product lineup and the ways that the firm is powering companies seeking to engage in the digital asset ecosystem. The regulatory landscape for digital assets and how Zero Hash has positioned the firm both in the United States and internationally. Stablecoin adoption and the types of businesses that are emerging to service this breakout category. How brokerage platforms are integrating digital assets. Zero Hash...

Episode 537 17 June 2024 27m and 46s


Weekly Roundup 06/14/24 (Nigeria v Binance, Terraform settles with SEC, Biden considers accepting crypto)

Weekly Roundup 06/14/24 (Nigeria v Binance, Terraform settles with SEC, Biden considers accepting crypto)

Matt and Nic are back for another week of news and deals. In this episode:

GME and Roaringkitty drama The detention of Tigran Gambaryan continues OP_CAT prospects Biden considers accepting crypto campaign donations What’s the deal with Hamster Kombat Martin Shkreli vs PleasrDAO Terraform labs settles up with the SEC Microstrategy is still buying Bitcoin Should crypto holders donate coins to Biden? New nominee for FDIC chair Are democrats pivoting on crypto?  We dissect a tweet thread by Rep Sean Casten

Sponsor notes:

Meme Coin Mania In Coin Metrics' State of the Network issue 263, we...

Episode 536 14 June 2024 38m and 48s


David Tse (Babylon) on Bitcoin Staking

David Tse (Babylon) on Bitcoin Staking

In this episode, Wyatt sits down with Babylon founder David Tse to cover:

Restaking/shared security and how it works Why shared security is a valuable use case for Bitcoin Bitcoin’s structural limitations and their impact on Bitcoin innovation Bitcoin innovation broadly and Bitcoin L2’s

Episode 535 10 June 2024 23m and 38s

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