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On The Brink with Castle Island

Dec 5, 2022

In this episode, Ria is joined by Robert Miller, Steward at Flashbots, which is a research and development organization with the aim to reduce the negative externalities and risks posed by MEV, or maximal extractable value.

We cover:

  • The MEV supply chain and how it’s evolved as Ethereum transitioned from Proof of...


Dec 1, 2022

Matt and Nic are back for another week of news and deals. In this episode: 

  • Tether collapse scenarios
  • The wrapped Bitcoin issue
  • Ria and others are named Forbes 30 under 30
  • Sam is still not in jail
  • Sam’s hidden media strategy
  • How Sam could be positioning himself for the case
  • Was FTX really a case of negligence or was...


Nov 30, 2022

Mahesh Ramakrishnan of Escape Velocity joins the show. In this episode we discuss:

  • Mahesh’s career in traditional financial services and the path that led him to launching Escape Velocity.
  • The decentralized wireless market and how it is likely to evolve.
  • How tokenized protocols and USD stablecoins are likely to...


Nov 28, 2022

Mike Belshe, co-founder and CEO of BitGo joins the show. In this episode we discuss:

  • Mike’s thoughts on FTX and the unfolding fraud case.
  • His views on crypto market structure and how it is likely to evolve in the face of the FTX collapse.
  • The regulatory landscape and the path forward for spot market regulation.
  • Views...


Nov 24, 2022

Matt and Nic return for a Thanksgiving episode of OTB. In this episode: 

  • Liz Warren writes her first good letter ever?
  • SBF is striking a defiant tone
  • Sam’s new letter to employees
  • Is the Alameda/FTX situation really that complicated?
  • Sam’s parents bought tens of millions worth of Bahamas property
  • The Bahamas steps...