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On The Brink with Castle Island

Feb 27, 2023

We host Matt Cutler, CEO and co-founder of Blocknative, in this episode to discuss the intricacies of block building and his thoughts on the future of MEV. We cover:

  • The phenomenon of certain block builders subsidizing transactions
  • The requirements for operating a competitive block builder
  • Margins required for...

Feb 24, 2023

Matt and Nic are back for the 400th episode of OTB! In this roundup: 

  • Nic’s Vespa story
  • More on Ordinals
  • Is embedding non-economic data in Bitcoin Satoshi’s vision?
  • How Ordinals accelerates efficiency improvements in Bitcoin
  • More FTX crime family news
  • SBF is hit with four new criminal charges
  • Augustin Cartens...

Feb 22, 2023

Bitcoin developer Casey Rodarmor joins us to talk ordinals, inscriptions, and digital collectibles on Bitcoin. In this episode:

  • What is an ordinal? Why the name?
  • The history of ordinals and inscriptions
  • How does ordinal theory work exactly?
  • How to participate in ordinals and do you need Ord
  • The interaction between...

Feb 20, 2023

Ray Hindi and Jake Lynch of L1 Digital join the show. In this episode we discuss:

  • L1 Digital’s origin story and early path into the crypto ecosystem.
  • The firm’s approach to investing in managers and making direct investment.
  • The evolution of crypto funds including views on structure, strategy, focus.
  • The...

Feb 17, 2023

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

  • Is peak FUD in?
  • Is this the ‘custody rule rally’?
  • OTB is keeping the deals of the week
  • House is probing the connections between FTX and the SEC
  • SBF is banned from using a VPN
  • Is SBF a secret sports fan?
  • SBF’s bail cosigners are unmasked
  • SBF...