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On The Brink with Castle Island

Aug 10, 2020

James Lovejoy, recent MEng MIT grad and former graduate researcher at the MIT Digital Currency Initiative, joins the show to talk about his masters thesis and associated project focusing on detecting double-spends in proof of work cryptocurrencies. Previously, little data was collected in a systematic way to detect...


Aug 7, 2020

Nic and Matt cover deals and the news of the week. In this episode:

  • Are we in a bull run or is fiat devaluating?
  • Africa volumes growing on Paxful
  • BCH contemplating redirecting block rewards to fund developers
  • Electric Capital raises 110m
  • Casa adds a direct buy bitcoin feature
  • Dapper labs raises $12m with participation...


Aug 5, 2020

Ray Youssef, founder and CEO of Paxful, joins the show to talk his journey with Paxful and his mission to bring Bitcoin to Africa. Paxful is a wholly bootstrapped startup that has recently taken the crown as the largest Bitcoin p2p marketplace in the world with $2.1B in annualized volume. Ray is from Egypt and has...


Aug 3, 2020

Michael Graham and Pat McEvoy of Canaccord Genuity join the podcast to discuss how their firm has approached the blockchain/cryptoasset sector. In this episode we discuss:

  • Michael’s perspective on blockchain/cryptoassets from his role as Head of Equity Research at the firm. We discuss how blockchain technology could...


Jul 31, 2020

Matt and Nic review the stories of the week, featuring John Collins, partner and cofounder of FS Vector, to cover the OCC letter and its implications. Covered in this episode:

  • Our Plustoken conspiracy
  • Nic's bird situation
  • USDC raises $25m from DCG
  • Avanti's dollar-coin Avit
  • Why Pats players keep declaring their...