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On The Brink with Castle Island

Business & Economics Podcasts

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

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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United States

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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

Language:

English


Episodes

Iain Murray (Competitive Enterprise Institute) on the history of Operation Choke Point (EP.169)

1/18/2021
Iain Murray, VP of Strategy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, joins the show to discuss the history of Operation Choke Point, a 2011-2015 program used to exclude legal businesses from banking led by the DoJ and FDIC. In this episode: should Content mentioned in this episode: Operation Choke Point: What it is and why it mattersFair Access

Duration:01:00:53

Weekly Roundup 01/15/21 (Gensler in at SEC, the Spakkt, a new OCC charter) (EP.168)

1/15/2021
Nic and Matt return for another explosive week. In this episode: Content mentioned in this article Twitter, Trump, and the 'Private Company' Fallacy extends its comment period OCC Conditionally Approves Conversion of Anchorage Digital BankGet Ready for Self-Driving Banks

Duration:00:31:47

Matthew Gould (Unstoppable Domains) on the blockchain domain name opportunity (EP.167)

1/11/2021
Matthew Gould, co-founder and CEO of Unstoppable Domains joins the show. In this episode we discuss: To learn more about Unstoppable Domains visit their website. Sponsor notes: Withum is a forward-thinking, technology-driven advisory and accounting firm committed to helping our clients be more profitable, efficient and productive in today’s complex business environment. Our Digital Currency group is proud to partner with members of the cryptocurrency community. Get to know us at...

Duration:00:32:00

Weekly Roundup 01/08/21 (Banks can use blockchains, best FinCEN comment letters) (EP.166)

1/8/2021
Nic and Matt return for another week of ATHs. In this episode: Content mentioned in this episode: Supplemental Comments to FinCEN Letter to FinCEN Letter to FinCENQ4 2020 Market Letter 2020 Shareholder Letter CFA research brief on Cryptoassets

Duration:00:32:13

Travis Schwab (Eventus) on trade surveillance, Bitcoin ETFs and 2021 predictions (EP.165)

1/4/2021
Travis Schwab, the founder and CEO of Eventus Systems, a company specializing in trade surveillance, joins the show. In this episode we discuss: To learn more about Eventus visit their website. Sponsor notes: Withum is a forward-thinking, technology-driven advisory and accounting firm committed to helping our clients be more profitable, efficient and productive in today’s complex business environment. Our Digital Currency group is proud to partner with members of the cryptocurrency...

Duration:00:35:05

Weekly Roundup 01/01/21 (XRP delistings, OFAC fines BitGo, 2021 ETF prospects) (EP.164)

1/1/2021
Matt and Nic return for the first roundup of 2021. In this episode:

Duration:00:31:17

Brian Venturo (CoreWeave) on the journey from mining crypto to the cloud (EP.163)

12/30/2020
Brian Venturo is the CTO of CoreWeave, the largest North American GPU miner, which also doubles as a cloud infrastructure firm for general computation. In this episode: Sponsor notes: Withum is a forward-thinking, technology-driven advisory and accounting firm committed to helping our clients be more profitable, efficient and productive in today’s complex business environment. Our Digital Currency group is proud to partner with members of the cryptocurrency community. Get to know us at...

Duration:01:04:19

Craig Warmke (N. Illinois University) on what Bitcoin is, and other philosophical questions (EP.162)

12/28/2020
Craig Warmke is an assistant professor of philosophy at Northern Illinois University. He has written several papers on the subject of Bitcoin, both pertaining to the question of what Bitcoin actually is. We cover Craig's papers (linked below) and explore the role for philosophers in Bitcoin. Referenced in this episode: What is Bitcoin Electronic Coins Synthetic Commodity MoneyIn Blockchain We Trust?

Duration:01:40:48

Weekly Roundup 12/25/20 (FinCEN's proposed rules, the SEC takes aim at Ripple, predictions for 2021) (EP.161)

12/25/2020
Nic and Matt return for a special Christmas episode of OTB. In this episode: Content mentioned in this episode: proposed rulestablecoinsSEC complaint 2021 Crystal Ball Sponsor notes: Withum is a forward-thinking, technology-driven advisory and accounting firm committed to helping our clients be more profitable, efficient and productive in today’s complex business environment. Our Digital Currency group is proud to partner with members of the cryptocurrency community. Get to know us at...

Duration:00:38:54

Matt Hougan (Bitwise) on the prospects for a Bitcoin ETF in 2021 (EP.160)

12/21/2020
Matt Hougan, the Chief Investment Officer at Bitwise Asset management joins the show. In this episode we discuss: To learn more visit Bitwise Asset Management and follow Matt on Twitter. Sponsor notes: Withum is a forward-thinking, technology-driven advisory and accounting firm committed to helping our clients be more profitable, efficient and productive in today’s complex business environment. Our Digital Currency group is proud to partner with members of the cryptocurrency community....

Duration:00:39:38

Weekly Roundup 12/18/20 feat. a pseudonymous fixed income trader (Our MSTR mea culpa, are CME futs cursed, what isn't a commodity?) (EP.159)

12/18/2020
Matt and Nic return to cover a blockbuster week of ATHs. We invite a pseudonymous bond trader to give a rebuttal to our somewhat misguided take on the Microstrategy bond offering on last week's episode. Also in this episode: Content mentioned: Nationalizing Stablecoins Won't Improve Financial Access

Duration:00:35:04

Amber Scott (Outlier Canada) on crypto-bank relationships in Canada (EP.158)

12/14/2020
Compliance expert Amber Scott joins the show to explain why crypto-firms are systematically excluded from the bank sector in Canada. In this episode: Follow Amber on Twitter and learn more about Outlier Canada.

Duration:00:45:57

Weekly Roundup 12/11/20 (What's Treasury up to?, MSTR's bond offering, would the STABLE act kill Dunkin?) EP.157

12/11/2020
Nic and Matt return to cover an avalanche of news and deals. In this episode:

Duration:00:44:18

Muneeb Ali (Blockstack) on Bitcoin-based Smart Contracts (EP.156)

12/9/2020
Muneeb Ali, cofounder of Blockstack, joins the show to talk about the launch of Stacks 2.0 and its evolution from a securities offering to a freely tradable instrument in the U.S. New developments novel legal opinion Key readings: Summary of Memorandum Regarding the Status of the Stacks Tokens Upon Adoption of Stacks Blockchain 2.0 Sponsor notes: Withum is a forward-thinking, technology-driven advisory and accounting firm committed to helping our clients be more profitable, efficient and...

Duration:01:04:38

Mustafa Yilham (Bixin) on the industrial Bitcoin miner perspective (EP.155)

12/7/2020
Mustafa Yilham, VP of global business development at Bixin, joins the show. Bixin is an early Asia-based Bitcoin miner; they operate a popular wallet app, and they run a Bitcoin-denominated quant fund of funds. We cover prevailing myths around industrial Bitcoin mining and the reality of sourcing energy at competitive prices for mining. In this episode: CBECI mining map Sponsor notes: Withum is a forward-thinking, technology-driven advisory and accounting firm committed to helping our...

Duration:00:47:35

Weekly Roundup 12/04/20 (The Dastardly STABLE Act, USDC partners with Visa, Larry Fink evolves on Bitcoin) (EP.154)

12/4/2020
In this week's episode, Nic and Matt torch the STABLE Act cosponsored by their local representative Stephen Lynch (MA-8). Also covered: Content mentioned in this episode: Bitcoin is (Still) a Demographic Mega-Trend Bitcoin Is Winning the Covid-19 Monetary Revolution press releaseThe Unintended (?) Consequences of the STABLE Act

Duration:00:35:58

Mathias Imbach (Sygnum Bank) on the importance of crypto banking (EP.153)

12/2/2020
Mathias Imbach, cofounder and CEO of Sygnum Singapore, joins the show. In this episode:

Duration:00:49:03

Pelle Brændgaard (Notabene) on how crypto service providers are dealing with the Travel Rule (EP.152)

11/30/2020
Pelle Brændgaard, the cofounder and CEO of Notabene, an enterprise software company building compliance tools to enable trusted cryptoasset transactions between financial services firms, joins the show. In this episode we discuss: Learn more about Notabene here. Sponsor notes: Withum is a forward-thinking, technology-driven advisory and accounting firm committed to helping our clients be more profitable, efficient and productive in today’s complex business environment. Our Digital...

Duration:00:56:33

Weekly Roundup 11/27/20 (What we are thankful for, USDC in Venezuela, is GBTC behind the rally?) (EP.151)

11/27/2020
Nic and Matt return with a special Thanksgiving issue of OTB. In this episode: Content mentioned in this episode: collegiate BTC sweater Why this Reflexive Ponzi Scheme will Continue Proposed Rule Would Ensure Fair Access to Bank Services, Capital, and Credit Sponsor notes: Withum is a forward-thinking, technology-driven advisory and accounting firm committed to helping our clients be more profitable, efficient and productive in today’s complex business environment. Our Digital Currency...

Duration:00:37:30

John Newbery (Brink) on funding Bitcoin development (EP.150)

11/24/2020
John Newbery, Bitcoin Core developer and founder of Bitcoin Optech, announces an independent nonprofit organization to support Bitcoin development, Brink. Donate here. In this episode, we discuss the formation and mandate of Brink, as well as the developer funding context that we find ourselves in. Covered in the episode: Content mentioned in this episode: On The BrinkWho Funds Bitcoin Development? Bitcoin's Patronage System is an Unheralded Strength

Duration:00:54:46