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On The Brink with Castle Island

Jan 30, 2023

We host Julien Niset, co-founder of Argent in this episode on account abstract and smart contract wallets. We cover:
  • Building the first smart contract wallet on Ethereum
  • Why smart contract wallets improve the non-custodial experience
  • Standardizing contract wallet implementations on L1s retroactively and on L2s...


Jan 25, 2023

Maneesh Gandhi and Michael Liddy of Evanston Capital join the show. In this episode we discuss:

  • Evanston Capital’s history and foray into the blockchain ecosystem.
  • Their views on the current market environment and how this crypto cycle compares to others.
  • The evolution of the crypto venture landscape and how...


Jan 23, 2023

Arch cofounders Dhruv Patel and Himanshu Sahay 

  • Arch coming out of stealth
  • Key lessons learned from the crypto lending crisis
  • Arch’s differentiated offering within crypto and other alternative assets
  • Leveraging crypto rails to build a lender of the future
  • Using experience at top technology companies to build...


Jan 18, 2023

Tony Scuderi, the founder of Imperii Partners joins the show. In this episode we discuss:

  • The investment banking landscape for crypto/blockchain companies.
  • How the fundraising environment is evolving in 2023.
  • The impact of FTX on the broader market.
  • How companies backed by FTX are taking action.
  • The M&A landscape.


Jan 17, 2023

Deribit Chief Commercial Officer Luuk Strijers joins the show to talk about their new Proof of Reserve rollout. In this episode: 

  • Why Deribit decided to do a PoR 
  • What were the considerations going into it? What made Deribit cautious about the procedure?
  • Which PoRs did Deribit look at for inspiration?
  • Has Deribit...