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On The Brink with Castle Island

May 17, 2021

Alex Thorn, the head of research at Galaxy Digital joins the show. In this episode we discuss:

  • Alex’s career path and the insights that led him to diving into the crypto space
  • Perspectives on Dogecoin and whether this is an enduring phenomenon
  • Considerations for Doge market infrastructure and the status of the...


May 14, 2021

Nic and Matt are back for an insane week. In this episode: 

  • Tom Brady is a Bitcoiner
  • Elon betrays us
  • Do virgin coins exist?
  • Binance under investigation by the DOJ
  • Bitwise launches the BITQ ETF
  • Palantir thinks about buying Bitcoin
  • Diem partners with Silvergate
  • We break down Tether's questionable reserves
  • 46 million...


May 10, 2021

Katie Chase, the Chief Operating Officer of Coin Metrics joins the show. In this episode we discuss:

  • Katie’s time leading blockchain initiatives at Fidelity and how the firm approached early R&D efforts
  • Her point of view on the historical barriers to institutional adoption of cryptoassets and how that is changing
  • How...


May 7, 2021

Nic and Matt return for another huge week of deals and news. In this episode: 

  • The Chamber of Digital Commerce publishes a Proof of Reserve whitepaper
  • Why Proof of Reserves matter
  • Popular critiques of PoR
  • Coin Metrics raises a Series B from Goldman Sachs
  • Galaxy acquires BitGo
  • How do you pronounce 3LAU?
  • NYDIG brings...


May 4, 2021

Noah Buxton and Jeremy Nau from accounting firm Armanino LLP join the show once again to discuss the launch of the Chamber of Digital Commerce's new whitepaper on Proof of Reserves, which they contributed to. In this episode: 

  • What was the purpose of the paper by the Chamber? What problems does it solve?
  • History of PoR...