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On The Brink with Castle Island

Jun 27, 2022

Blake King, power markets engineer at Galaxy, formerly of Oak Ridge national lab and ERCOT, joins us to talk about how changing grids are accommodating an influx of load from Bitcoin miners. In this episode: 

  • Why the grid is undergoing a radical transformation today
  • Blake‚Äôs background in electrical engineering, power...

Jun 24, 2022

Matt Walsh sits down with BlockFi CEO Zac Prince to cover turmoil in the crypto lending markets and how BlockFi is handling the crisis. In this episode:  

  • Is the contagion among lenders over? 
  • Was Three Arrows excessive risk taking or fraudulent? 
  • BlockFi's relationship with Three Arrows
  • Does BlockFi still have 3AC...

Jun 24, 2022

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

  • Is miner selling backed up by the on-chain data? 
  • Is Massachusetts open to pro-crypto legislation? 
  • FTX provides credit support to embattled crypto lenders 
  • Why private market transactions do not constitute bailouts in the pejorative sense
  • Was...

Jun 20, 2022

In this episode, host Ria sits down with the co-founders of Starkware, Eli Ben-Sasson and Uri Kolodny to discuss how the team is leveraging STARKs, or validity proofs, to unlock a magnitude increase in scalability. We discuss:

  • The differences between Starkex and Starknet and how the two will converge
  • Enabling...

Jun 17, 2022

Nic and Matt are back for a truly chaotic week in the markets. In this episode: 

  • Is DeFi's transparency a vice? 
  • We reconsider the need for a lender of last resort? 
  • We debrief on Consensus
  • How will the Celsius situation resolve?
  • Fidelity doubles down on digital assets
  • Is the Fed trapped by inflation? 
  • Was the Celsius...