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On The Brink with Castle Island

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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

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

Weekly News Roundup 3/27/20 (Gold market, difficulty adjustments, deals and more) (EP.59)

3/27/2020
Matt and Nic from Castle Island Ventures review the top stories of the week in the cryptoasset industry. This week's topics include: - Deals of the Week - Dislocations in the gold markets - The effects of the -16% difficulty adjustments in BTC - Thoughts on the stimulus package - Quarantine reading suggestions and much more news of the week

Duration:00:36:18

Jurrien Timmer (Fidelity) on the global macro landscape (EP.58)

3/25/2020
Jurrien Timmer, the Director of Global Macro at Fidelity Investments, joins the podcast. In this episode we discuss: - Jurrien's career trajectory and how he became the Director of Global Macro at Fidelity - His views on the current crisis in the context of other dislocations he has seen in his 25+ year career - Perspectives on the unprecedented interventions that we are seeing from the Federal government - The outlook for Gold, Bitcoin and other store of value assets - A best and worst...

Duration:00:43:18

David Vorick (Nebulous) – Building Decentralized Cloud Storage (EP.57)

3/25/2020
David Vorick, the founder of Nebulous and the blockchain Sia, joins the show to discuss Sia and its latest layer 2, Skynet. We also cover David's experience as an ASIC manufacturer, and what he learned about blockchain security models and the merits of ASICs versus GPUs. In this episode:

Duration:01:10:20

Alejandro Machado (Open Money Initiative) – Contemporary Dollarization in Venezuela (EP.56)

3/23/2020
Open Money Initiative founder Alejandro Machado joins the show to explain how Bitcoin is actually used in Venezuela, and how the country is dollarizing in real time. In this episode:

Duration:01:25:03

Patrick South (Chamber of Digital Commerce) on Blockchain Policy (EP.55)

3/21/2020
Patrick South, VP of Development at the Chamber of Digital Commerce joins the show. In this episode we discuss:

Duration:00:45:40

Weekly News Roundup 3/20/20 (Market Commentary, Deals, Quarantine Tips) (EP.54)

3/20/2020
Matt and Nic from Castle Island Ventures review the top stories of the week in the cryptoasset industry. This week's topics include: - Market Commentary - Deals of the Week - Attestiv, Coase and other news - Quarantine Tips and much more news of the week

Duration:00:46:12

Nicos Vekiarides (Attestiv) on Commercial Uses for Blockchain Timestamping (EP.53)

3/18/2020
Nicos Vekiarides, the cofounder and CEO of Attestiv joins the show. Attestiv is a company that builds software to prove the authenticity of photos and videos using public blockchains to timestamp these records. In this podcast we discuss: - The benefits of public blockchains as public notary systems - Use cases for deep fake detection in the insurance industry - Tooling and user experience building on public blockchains Learn more about Attestiv at www.attestiv.com

Duration:00:34:52

Douglas Jackson - Lessons from E-Gold (EP.52)

3/15/2020
Douglas Jackson, the founder of E-gold, arguably the first widely-used electronic medium of exchange, appears on the show. In this episode we discuss: - Douglas’ motivations for starting E-gold - His disagreements with his cypherpunk contemporaries - Why private monetary issuers might be more responsible than public ones - The challenge of creating an open payments system which is also compliant - His critiques of stablecoins and native-unit cryptocurrencies

Duration:02:06:55

Weekly News Roundup 3/13/20 (Markets in Turmoil, Deals and more) (EP.51)

3/13/2020
Matt and Nic from Castle Island Ventures review the top stories of the week in the cryptoasset industry. This week's topics include: - Market Turmoil - Market Infrastructure - Deals and much more news of the week

Duration:00:26:09

Jeremy Allaire (Circle) on Dollarization through Stablecoins (EP.50)

3/10/2020
Jeremy Allaire, the co-founder and CEO of Circle joins the show. In this episode we discuss: - Jeremy's entrepreneurial journey and the original vision for Circle - The geopolitical impact of US Dollars on public blockchains - The goals of USDC - Circle Platform Services, a new product launching today - The regulatory environment globally for cryptoassets and much more

Duration:01:03:24

Matthew Le Merle (Blockchain Coinvestors) on investment opportunities in the blockchain industry (EP.49)

3/9/2020
Matthew Le Merle, the co-founder and Managing Partner of Fifth Era, Keiretsu Capital and Blockchain Coinvestors joins the podcast. In this episode we discuss: - Matthew's career arc and how he came to understand the potential impact of blockchain technology - Building Blockchain Coinvestors, and the investment strategy of investing in blockchain venture capital funds - Predictions and analysis on institutional custody, stablecoins, Bitcoin adoption in emerging markets and more Learn more...

Duration:00:55:16

Weekly News Roundup 3/6/20 (Zabo, India and South Korea positive developments) (EP.48)

3/6/2020
Matt and Nic from Castle Island Ventures review the top stories of the week in the cryptoasset industry. This week's topics include: - Deals of the week - India's Supreme Court Ruling - South Korea regulation - OFAC issues - Treasury meeting with industry leaders and much more news of the week

Duration:00:22:10

Joseph Jacks (OSS Capital) on the monetization of open source (EP.47)

3/1/2020
Joseph Jacks of OSS Capital joins the show. In this episode we discuss: - What constitutes commercial open source, and how this differs from regular open source projects - the history of the open source software movement - why programmers contribute unpaid to open source projects - whether tokens are required to monetize open source OSS Capital: https://oss.capital/ The COSS Index: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/17nKMpi_Dh5slCqzLSFBoWMxNvWiwt2R-t4e_l7LPLhU/edit#gid=0 Joseph’s...

Duration:01:30:54

Weekly News Roundup 2/28/20 (Steven Seagal's Bitcoin2Gen, Ripple pays Moneygram, Deals and more) (EP.46)

2/27/2020
Matt and Nic from Castle Island Ventures review the top stories of the week in the cryptoasset industry. This week's topics include: - Deals of the week - SEC denies another Bitcoin ETF - SEC whacks Steven Seagal - Ripple Moneygram payments - Central Bank Digital Currency - Binance jurisdiction shopping and much more news of the week

Duration:00:30:21

Sunayna Tuteja (TD Ameritrade) on crafting an institutional digital asset strategy (EP.45)

2/24/2020
Sunayna Tuteja, the Head of Digital Assets and DLT at TD Ameritrade, appears on the show. On this episode we discuss: - What guides TD’s decision making in this asset class - How they think about blockchain/DLT versus Bitcoin - Crypto ideology versus crypto agnosticism - Her career trajectory to date - Lessons from being a pilot

Duration:01:02:24

Weekly News Roundup 2/21/20 (Enigma SEC action, Fcoin, Tim Draper buy 2.5% of Aragon and more) (EP.44)

2/21/2020
Matt and Nic from Castle Island Ventures review the top stories of the week in the cryptoasset industry. This week's topics include: - Deals of the week - Enigma settles with the SEC - Fcoin lost user funds - Tim Draper bought 2.5% of Aragon - DeFi infrastructure - Neel Kashkari's thoughts on crypto and much more news of the week

Duration:00:49:09

Balaji Srinivasan on building digital commonwealths (EP.43)

2/17/2020
Balaji Srinivasan is an angel investor and entrepreneur. He was formerly the CTO of Coinbase, a General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz, and the co-founder of Earn.com, Counsyl, Teleport and Coin Center. In this episode we discuss: - the 100x' crypto has delivered over traditional finance - how Balaji’s views of what Bitcoin is good for have changed over time - the 'sovereign collective' versus the sovereign individual - whether Twitter is a functioning digital commonwealth and the...

Duration:01:32:17

Weekly News Roundup 2/14/20 (BlockFi raise, JPM spinout, Iota is the gift that keeps on giving, and more ) (EP.42)

2/14/2020
Matt and Nic from Castle Island Ventures review the top stories of the week in the cryptoasset industry. This week's topics include: - BlockFi raise - Other deals - JPM spinout? - USDC and much more news of the week

Duration:00:30:13

Jake Chervinsky (Compound) on straddling crypto-anarchy and regulation (EP.41)

2/10/2020
Jake Chervinsky the General Counsel of Compound joins the podcast. In this episode we discuss: - The history of securities markets in the US - The Howey test in plain language - Whether commodities can transmute to securities, and vice versa - Why markets function best with regulation - The purpose of open finance - Being a bitcoiner at an ethereum-focused company

Duration:01:24:02

Weekly News Roundup 2/7/20 (Mastercard backs out of Libra, US Marshall Auction and more) (EP.40)

2/7/2020
Matt and Nic from Castle Island Ventures review the top stories of the week in the cryptoasset industry. This week's topics include: - Deals of the week - U.S. Marshalls auction - ICE eyes Ebay - Crypto safe harbor? and much more news of the week

Duration:00:24:49