Castle Island Ventures Partner Matt Walsh

Betting Crypto Goes Mainstream

Are big financial institutions ready to embrace blockchain? Matt Walsh would know, and he’s ready to bet big.

Matt Walsh has a pretty unique perspective on the blockchain and cryptocurrency space. If you know Matt it’s likely as “the Fidelity guy” on some crypto panel in Boston or New York, or from today’s news that the crypto-focused venture firm he left Fidelity to found — Castle Island Ventures — is now writing checks and open for business.

Before founding Castle Island Ventures — which today announced the closing of it’s $30 million blockchain fund — Matt was a Vice President at Fidelity focused on the crypto-asset and blockchain space. He worked as a management consultant at Arthur D. Little before that, and later in the strategic initiatives group at Clear Channel Radio (now iHeartRadio). Matt is a proud graduate of Boston’s own BC High — where he was of course called “Walshie” by “Fitzy” and “Sully” — going on to attend Babson and the Fuqua School of Management at Duke.

Matt in his natural element, here with Pillar’s Sarah Hodges

Our conversation began as usual with his personal story, and went on to cover the adventure of being the crypto evangelist at one of the world’s most highly regarded financial institutions. You’ll get his thoughts on where the best opportunities are in the crypto space right now, and on why Bitcoin still may be a bargain.

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