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On The Brink with Castle Island

Jun 14, 2021

In our second OTB AMA, we field questions from Brink Nation. In this episode: 

  • What other countries are good candidates to ratify Bitcoin next?
  • What are the prospects for DeFi on Bitcoin?
  • Is price to hashrate a viable ratio to use to value bitcoin?
  • Will other countries follow El Salvador's lead in light of the pushback...


Jun 7, 2021

Chris Blec is a researcher and the founder of DeFi Watch, a project dedicated to identifying points of centralization and risk factors in DeFi, in particular the presence of admin keys. In this episode: 

  • How Chris got interested in DeFi 
  • How he first noticed the risk of admin key usage 
  • The changing nature of admin...


Jun 2, 2021

Jeff Kirt and Ted Rogers, CEO and board director of Greenidge Generation LLC respectively, join the show to discuss the Greenidge plant and Bitcoin mining operation in upstate New York. In this episode: 

  • The origins of Greenidge
  • Why Ted Rogers chose to join the Greenidge board
  • How Atlas/Greenidge converted their NY...


May 31, 2021

Matteo Leibowitz of Uniswap and Eric Stone of Flipside Crypto join the show. In this episode we discuss:

  • Uniswap v3 and how it differs from v2 and other AMMs
  • Broader implications of Uniswap v3 for DeFi
  • Uniswap v3 metrics and how the system is being used today
  • Uniswap treasury and grant program
  • How Flipside is engaging...


May 24, 2021

Hass McCook is a civil engineer who has been delivering estimates of Bitcoin's energy use and CO2 emissions since 2014, as well as alternatives like gold or finance. In this episode: 

  • Hass's background in civil engineering and how it prepared him for the energy debate
  • The conflation between energy generation and...