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Hosts Matt Walsh and Nic Carter of Castle Island Ventures explore the political, ethical, and economic significance of Bitcoin and other public blockchains and talk to some of the leading experts in the industry. Learn more and stay up to date at CastleIsland.vc and follow on twitter @CastleIslandVC

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Hosts Matt Walsh and Nic Carter of Castle Island Ventures explore the political, ethical, and economic significance of Bitcoin and other public blockchains and talk to some of the leading experts in the industry. Learn more and stay up to date at CastleIsland.vc and follow on twitter @CastleIslandVC

    Iain Murray (Competitive Enterprise Institute) on the history of Operation Choke Point

    Iain Murray (Competitive Enterprise Institute) on the history of Operation Choke Point

    Iain Murray, VP of Strategy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, joins the show to discuss the history of Operation Choke Point, a 2011-2015 program used to exclude legal businesses from banking led by the DoJ and FDIC. In this episode: 
    How Iain Murray came to be one of the main historians of Operation Choke Point The roots of Choke Point in the crackdown on poker sites in 2011 How Choke Point was started on a whim by two midlevel DoJ lawyers in 2011 How OCP targeted completely legal but politically disfavored industries How mechanically the DoJ was able to get banks to comply with their informal guidance Why the closed nature of banking means that alternatives financial service providers for these industries couldn't be created How bank consolidation meant that OCP was easier to instrumentalize How successful was Choke Point in marginalizing targeted industries? Did OCP have buy-in from the highest levels of the Obama administration? How regulations should have implemented the rules they sought to create with Choke Point – and why they chose not to How OCP was an end-around the administrative procedure act, and why it was done covertly Was there any accountability for the individuals behind OCP? Was anyone fired? Why individuals on any side of the political spectrum should be concerned about OCP Did Choke Point ever really end? The long term enduring effects of OCP How the Wyoming SPDI is a reaction to Choke Point Whether Iain agrees with the OCC's 'Fair Access' rule Content mentioned in this episode: 
    Iain Murray at CEI, Operation Choke Point: What it is and why it matters OCC, 'Fair Access' rule 

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    Weekly Roundup 01/15/21 (Gensler in at SEC, the Spakkt, a new OCC charter)

    Weekly Roundup 01/15/21 (Gensler in at SEC, the Spakkt, a new OCC charter)

    Nic and Matt return for another explosive week. In this episode:
    The bike saga enters its final chapter Sci Hub tries Handshake Is Choke Point returning? We break down the Bakkt SPAC FinCEN extends the comment period for its notice of proposed rulemaking Gemini announces a credit card with crypto rewards What Gary Gensler as SEC Chairman means for the industry Prospects for a Bitcoin ETF under a Gensler SEC The OCC creates a national crypto bank charter One reason why Miami could make it as a tech hub We discuss the latest NYT article on losing coins Content mentioned in this article
    Nic Carter in Coindesk, Twitter, Trump, and the 'Private Company' Fallacy FinCEN extends its comment period OCC, OCC Conditionally Approves Conversion of Anchorage Digital Bank Brian Brooks in the FT, Get Ready for Self-Driving Banks  

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    Matthew Gould (Unstoppable Domains) on the blockchain domain name opportunity

    Matthew Gould (Unstoppable Domains) on the blockchain domain name opportunity

    Matthew Gould, co-founder and CEO of Unstoppable Domains joins the show. In this episode we discuss:
    Matthew’s path into the cryptocurrency industry and the insight behind launching Unstoppable Domains. How Matthew sees the opportunity for blockchain-based domain systems. Tradeoffs between the various layer-one blockchains that are addressing this opportunity. Views on single sign-on and potential future adjacent use-cases. To learn more about Unstoppable Domains visit their website.
    Sponsor notes:
    Withum is a forward-thinking, technology-driven advisory and accounting firm committed to helping our clients be more profitable, efficient and productive in today’s complex business environment. Our Digital Currency group is proud to partner with members of the cryptocurrency community. Get to know us at withum.com/crypto.

    • 32 min
    Weekly Roundup 01/08/21 (Banks can use blockchains, best FinCEN comment letters)

    Weekly Roundup 01/08/21 (Banks can use blockchains, best FinCEN comment letters)

    Nic and Matt return for another week of ATHs. In this episode: 
    Coindesk acquires Tradeblock The OCC says that banks can use public blockchains and stablecoins We digest the OCC letter Potential drawbacks to the new OCC guidance Has Brian Brooks had the most successful regulatory term in recent memory? The Treasury's comment period expires Does the Treasury even have the authority to pass these new rules? Our favorite comment letters in response to the Treasury rules Does JPM's price call make them hypocrites on the topic of Bitcoin? Ripple's series C lead investor is suing Ripple Strike announces Strike Global How crypto-based fiat-to-fiat remittances work Our favorite quarterly investor letters Content mentioned in this episode: 
    Coin Center, Supplemental Comments to FinCEN Neha Narula and Patrick Murck, Letter to FinCEN Fidelity Digital Assets, Letter to FinCEN Bill Miller, Q4 2020 Market Letter Stone Ridge, 2020 Shareholder Letter Matt Hougan and David Lawant, CFA research brief on Cryptoassets

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    Travis Schwab (Eventus) on trade surveillance, Bitcoin ETFs and 2021 predictions

    Travis Schwab (Eventus) on trade surveillance, Bitcoin ETFs and 2021 predictions

    Travis Schwab, the founder and CEO of Eventus Systems, a company specializing in trade surveillance, joins the show. In this episode we discuss:
    Travis’ entrepreneurial journey and path to starting Eventus Systems How he came to see cryptoassets as a market opportunity Thoughts on current market structure, the role of exchanges, and the institutional readiness of this market How trade surveillance directly impacts the prospects of a Bitcoin ETF 2021 predictions To learn more about Eventus visit their website.
    Sponsor notes:
    Withum is a forward-thinking, technology-driven advisory and accounting firm committed to helping our clients be more profitable, efficient and productive in today’s complex business environment. Our Digital Currency group is proud to partner with members of the cryptocurrency community. Get to know us at withum.com/crypto.

    • 35 min
    Weekly Roundup 01/01/21 (XRP delistings, OFAC fines BitGo, 2021 ETF prospects)

    Weekly Roundup 01/01/21 (XRP delistings, OFAC fines BitGo, 2021 ETF prospects)

    Matt and Nic return for the first roundup of 2021. In this episode: 
    Why some funds might be buying Bitcoin at year end Are Ripple fans buying Bitcoin? Are fair launches obsolete? Vaneck files for a new Bitcoin ETF CME futures are officially the most liquid futures market BitGo pays a fine to OFAC Exchanges start delisting XRP Will exchanges face repercussions for listing securities? Why being a security dooms the cross-border settlement use case for XRP Which Bitcoin skeptic we'd like to flip the most

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