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On The Brink with Castle Island

Jan 21, 2022

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

  • We cover the witness selection for the House energy hearing on Bitcoin mining
  • The SEC goes to war with its employee union
  • The SEC rejects the Skybridge Bitcoin ETF proposal
  • GBTC is trading at a 30% discount
  • Walmart is building its own...

Jan 20, 2022

In this latest installment of the mining miniseries, Iris Energy cofounder and co-CEO Daniel Roberts joins us to talk through their approach to mining. In this episode: 

  • How Dan came to work in mining
  • Backgrounds of the Iris executive team
  • Which thinkers influenced Dan in his Bitcoin journey
  • Why Iris focuses on...

Jan 14, 2022

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

  • Matt loses the podcast audio
  • New Turkey drama
  • Rep Emmer introduces a bill banning a retail focused CBDC
  • Nic releases a song with Gramatik
  • The story behind the Scribbler song
  • We investigate Fan Controlled Football
  • Paypal looks to build a...

Jan 10, 2022

House Representative Tom Emmer (R-MN) joins the show to share thoughts on his crypto policy agenda for 2022, as well as his views on inflation, MMT, stablecoins, and CBDCs. In this episode: 

  • How Rep. Emmer came to be interested in public blockchains
  • Rep. Emmer’s interest in Austrian economics
  • How Rep. Emmer stays up...

Jan 7, 2022

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

  • Everything is selling off
  • Is the US losing its status as global reserve?
  • We announce our policy miniseries
  • Sen. Lummis will reportedly propose a crypto bill
  • Opensea raising $300m at a $13b valuation
  • Illicit activity in 2021 was only 0.15% of...