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On The Brink with Castle Island

Mar 30, 2020

Larry White, economics professor at George Mason University and senior fellow at the Cato Institute’s Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives, joins the show to discuss free banking, the history of dollarization, and the prospects for a crypto-native banking system.  

In this episode:

- Why CBDCs might not be a...

Mar 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...

Mar 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


Mar 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:

  • How Sia is different from other...

Mar 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:

  • How a power cut has been linked to a recent dollarization movement in Venezuela, and how dollar usage became decriminalized
  • Whether...