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On The Brink with Castle Island

Nov 30, 2020

Pelle Brændgaard, the cofounder and CEO of Notabene, an enterprise software company building compliance tools to enable trusted cryptoasset transactions between financial services firms, joins the show. In this episode we discuss:

  • Pelle’s early work in distributed systems and pre-bitcoin cyber-cash projects
  • His path...


Nov 24, 2020

John Newbery, Bitcoin Core developer and founder of Bitcoin Optech, announces an independent nonprofit organization to support Bitcoin development, Brink. Donate here.

In this episode, we discuss the formation and mandate of Brink, as well as the developer funding context that we find ourselves in. Covered in the...


Nov 16, 2020

Parker Lewis, head of Business Development at Unchained Capital, and author of the Gradually then Suddenly series, joins the show. In this episode: 

  • Parker's progress in our Bitcoin fantasy league
  • Our views on how Bitcoin gives purpose
  • Bitcoin's relationship to the prospects for fiscal spending
  • How the virus may have...


Nov 9, 2020

Alan Lane, the CEO of Silvergate Financial joins the show. In this episode we discuss:

  • How Silvergate came to bank blockchain companies.
  • The challenges and opportunities in providing services in this fast growing market.
  • Silvergate Exchange Network – how this product is driving growth and solving customer pain...


Nov 2, 2020

Josh Cincinnati, former Executive Director of the Zcash Foundation, joins the show to talk about his tenure at that organization, and lessons he's taken from the experience. In this episode: 

  • The genesis of the Zcash Foundation
  • Prior foundation mistakes that Josh sought to avoid
  • The difference between governing a...