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On The Brink with Castle Island

Sep 30, 2020

Trent and Brock Elmore, two of the five creators of Yam Finance, a decentralized finance protocol, join the show. In this episode we discuss:

  • The inspiration for starting Yam Finance
  • The story behind the launch, the initial bug and the subsequent re-launch
  • Contextualizing DeFi – what is a fad and what is enduring
  • The...

Sep 28, 2020

Chase Lochmiller, cofounder and CEO of Crusoe Energy Systems joins the show. In this episode we discuss:

  • Crusoe’s approach to addressing the issue of natural gas flaring by monetizing stranded energy
  • The process by which Crusoe turns this stranded energy into Bitcoin
  • How Chase sees the compute use cases that can...

Sep 25, 2020

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

  • The OCC clarifies that banks can custody dollars for stablecoin issuers
  • Maker's flippening in collateral types, and what that means for the system
  • Tether falls below 80% of stablecoin market share
  • Two congressional bills propose to federally...

Sep 23, 2020

Jeff Dorman is the CIO at Arca, which is currently engaged in a fascinating standoff with Gnosis, a token project in which they have a position. Arca is asserting that Gnosis has delivered little value to tokenholders and has proposed that they perform a tender offer for GNO tokens with the assets held on their...

Sep 21, 2020

Tom Lombardi, Managing Director at 3iQ Corp, joins the show. In this episode we discuss:

  • Tom’s path from traditional finance to the cryptoasset industry
  • The enterprise blockchain era: lessons learned and the second order effects of the hype cycle
  • The state of institutional exchange infrastructure
  • The...