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On The Brink with Castle Island

Aug 31, 2020

Aditya Palepu and Frédéric Fortier, the cofounders of DerivaDEX, join the show to talk about DEXes and prospects for their future development, and to introduce their own project. In this episode: 

  • How Adi and Fred chose to build a Dex
  • Why traders tend to love Dexes despite their shortcomings
  • Dexes versus noncustodial...

Aug 28, 2020

Nic and Matt cover news and deals of the week. In this episode: 

  • FTX acquires Blockfolio for $150m
  • DCG announces a $100m investment in Foundry, a mining subsidiary
  • Fidelity files with the SEC for a Bitcoin fund – and what this means for other asset managers
  • Why large asset managers have not built products around...

Aug 26, 2020

Zachary Kelman, managing partner at Kelman Law PLLC, joins the show to shed light on the FATF – it's origins and its current mandate – the travel rule, and what the industry can expect from these developments. Covered in this episode:

  • Zach's prior career in bank compliance and how he decided to focus on Bitcoin
  • How...

Aug 24, 2020

Dick Bove, senior research analyst at Odeon Capital Group joins the show. In this episode we discuss:

  • Dick’s 52 year career as a research analyst and his path to covering the banking sector
  • The 2008 financial crisis, the measures that were taken, and how this has impacted the banking industry
  • The future of dollar...

Aug 21, 2020

Nic and Matt cover deals and the news of the week. In this episode: 

  • Hawaii announces the Digital Currency Innovation Lab
  • Wyoming's Senate nominee Cynthia Lummis is a Bitcoiner
  • Why Bitcoin values are American values
  • How Bitcoin is mutualistic with the US dollar
  • Evidence that Tether is used for capital outflows...