FTX Podcast episode 71 with Tristan Yver featuring Ria Bhuteria of Castle Island Ventures; an early-stage venture capital firm exclusively focused on public blockchains.

0:00 – 2:52 : Introduction and brief history of Ria.

2:52 – 4:31 : Ria explains her origins in Research and how it is like getting paid to learn.

4:31 – 6:10 : Ria shares insight on her pivot from traditional finance to the crypto space.

6:10 – 8:55 : Ria speaks on pioneering Research Teams at big corporations and communicating findings with traders.

8:55 – 12:17 : Ria talks about going back to Fidelity as the company was at the forefront of institutions adopting bitcoin and other digital assets and being able to marry her skillset from past crypto native experiences.

12:17 – 17:51 : Ria speaks on pivoting to Venture Investing in the crypto space and utilizing her research skillset to make it something meaningful with Castle Island Ventures, with an emphasis on decentralization.

17:51 – 21:36 : Ria speaks on permissioned defi pools/protocols that allow institutions to participate in the crypto space; while simultaneously making them feeling comfortable enough to do so in a category that still involves counter-party risk and similar factors.

21:36 – 23:57 : Ria breaks down buy-side and sell-side reports, who consumes them & for what purpose and their utilization for education.

23:57 – 27:06 : Tristan opens the stage for Ria to share things that she has finds fascinating or interesting within the field; which includes the flourishing NFT & defi ecosystems and insight into solution-based platforms.

27:06 – 29:01 : Ria shares some perspective on Castle Island Ventures investing interests and key talents of the team, including their synergistic networking and educational tools that separate them from others in the space.

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29:01 – 30:21 : Discussing the dynamics of V.C Firms and structures for bringing on partners to funds – weighing out skillsets and capital investments of the individual.

30:21 – 34:46 : Ria explains her career ideas about being and staying in the crypto industry and her current value add role at Castle Island Ventures.

34:46 – 41:08 : Ria speaks on portfolio projects she finds exciting and why they can build the pie for the entire industry and how some defi applications can change lives worldwide.

41:08 – 43:21 : Ria shares catalysts that has helped her in both her professional and personal life.

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