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On The Brink with Castle Island

Sep 23, 2022

Nic and Matt sit down for a special live recording of OTB in front of an audience at the Boston Blockchain Week. In this episode: 

  • Ian Balina is dinged by the SEC for Sparkster
  • The SEC’s weird argument for standing over all of Ethereum
  • Is XRP a prediction market on Ripple’s case against the SEC
  • Wintermute is hacked...


Sep 19, 2022

Steven Goldfeder is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Offchain Labs, the team building Arbitrum. In this episode we discuss: 
  • Steven's academic background, and his work at Princeton University. 
  • BlockSci, an early blockchain forensics/search product that Steven co-founded. 
  • The evolution of MPC custody and the...


Sep 16, 2022

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

  • The Merge takes place without incident
  • Will the Merge silence Ethereum critics on the left?
  • Will the ESG narrative around crypto get louder?
  • FTX takes a stake in Skybridge
  • Castle Island is not an island
  • If you make an NFT of a diamond and destroy...


Sep 14, 2022

Dan Mottice, CEO and Co-Founder of Ansible Labs, joins the show to talk about a new payment gateway for web3.

  • Dan’s personal background and how he ended up in financial services
  • The Visa Network, Visa Direct Payouts and Visa Crypto
  • Ansible Labs’ raise and what’s ahead
  • Off-ramps and why they matter
  • North stars in...


Sep 14, 2022

Bankless' David Hoffman joins Matt and Nic for a special episode to cover Ethereum's highly-anticipated Merge. In this episode: 

  • How David came to Ethereum and the Bankless origin story
  • The story behind the Bankless DAO
  • Whether David would ever consider focusing on other blockchains
  • What could cause David to abandon...