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On The Brink with Castle Island

Jan 21, 2022

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

  • We cover the witness selection for the House energy hearing on Bitcoin mining
  • The SEC goes to war with its employee union
  • The SEC rejects the Skybridge Bitcoin ETF proposal
  • GBTC is trading at a 30% discount
  • Walmart is building its own...


Jan 7, 2022

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

  • Everything is selling off
  • Is the US losing its status as global reserve?
  • We announce our policy miniseries
  • Sen. Lummis will reportedly propose a crypto bill
  • Opensea raising $300m at a $13b valuation
  • Illicit activity in 2021 was only 0.15% of...


Dec 31, 2021

Nic and Matt return for the last episode of 2021. In this episode: 

  • Someone makes an unauthorized Nic NFT
  • Microstrategy buys more BTC
  • Blake Masters sells a political NFT
  • Why do gamers and artists hate NFTs?
  • We look back at our 2021 crystal ball predictions
  • Best predictions of 2021
  • Our outlook for crypto policy in...


Dec 24, 2021

Matt and Nic return for a festive Christmas eve roundup. In this episode: 

  • Reevaluating our intro song
  • Jack Dorsey’s web3 beef
  • What’s on our Christmas list
  • Is PoW inherently high-fee?
  • We steelman the Jack Dorsey and the pro web3 arguments
  • Is there a paradox in web3?
  • We advance a model of tapered token issuance for...


Dec 17, 2021

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

  • A glitch in the CoinMarketCap data feed causes disturbances in the crypto industry 
  • AscendEX is  hacked last week to the tune of $77 million
  • Coinbase urges the SEC to approve NYSE Arca’s application to convert the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust into...