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On The Brink with Castle Island

Mar 31, 2023

Matt and Nic return for another week of news and deals. 

  • Cooper and Kirk’s white paper on Operation Choke Point 2.0
  • How bank regulators put crypto-facing banks in a catch-22
  • SBF charged with bribing a Chinese official
  • Is Sam funding his legal defense with funds purloined from FTX users?
  • The CFTC charges Binance with...

Mar 28, 2023

Matt Hougan, the Chief Investment Officer at Bitwise Asset Management joins the show. In this episode we discuss:

  • The banking crisis and Operation Chokepoint 2.0
  • The decisions facing the Fed and the second order impacts of Fed policy
  • How the cryptocurrency industry has evolved post FTX
  • Prospects for stablecoin and...

Mar 24, 2023

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

  • Matt’s turkey trouble continues
  • Nic’s vespa problem
  • Nic’s latest Choke Point 2.0 article
  • Did the government destroy Signature on purpose?
  • Who is the main architect of Choke Point 2.0?
  • Why was Signature closed when PacWest and First Republic...

Mar 20, 2023

Jamil and Nick, co-founders of, join us on the show to discuss:
  • Lowering the barrier to inscribing NFTs on Bitcoin
  • Why creators and collectors are excited about NFTs on Bitcoin
  • Designing a trustless Ordinals marketplace that aligns with its unique culture
  • The emerging collecting and trading...

Mar 20, 2023

Nick Hansen is the cofounder and CEO of Luxor, a Bitcoin mining pool. He joins to talk to us about his excitement around ordinals and inscriptions, and how Luxor is thinking about the opportunity.

  • The history of ordinals and how Luxor got started in the space
  • How Luxor mined the first 4MB block in Bitcoin
  • Luxor’s...