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On The Brink with Castle Island

Sep 30, 2022

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

  • What caused the Pound Sterling to sell off?
  • Deglobalization picks up
  • Stirrings of a sovereign debt crisis emerge
  • Explaining Deribit’s insider-led down round
  • Can the market recover before Do Kwon, Machinsky, and 3AC are dealt with?
  • Celcius’...

Sep 28, 2022

Sergey Gorbunov, co-founder of Axelar joins the show. In this episode we discuss:

  • Sergey’s path to founding Axelar
  • His views on blockchain interoperability and the design decisions of Axelar
  • The different approaches to interoperability that are being attempted in the industry
  • Views on DeFi composability and the role...

Sep 26, 2022

In this episode, Christine Kim from Galaxy Research joins us to discuss the Ethereum Merge and prospects for future protocol development: 

  • Reactions to the merge and network changes that flew under the radar
  • Finding a focus area in core protocol development on Ethereum
  • EIPs (Ethereum Improvement Proposals) on...

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...