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Neo is the first Chinese blockchain project with an open source. It evolved into an ecosystem and consists of: a platform with a virtual machine (NeoVM) for dApps and a system of smart contracts with an oracle; a payment system with the Neo coin and the Gas token; a distributed storage (NeoFS); a distributed network with two types of full nodes. It has its own protocol for identification of personality and assets (NeoID), a consensus algorithm, and a voting mechanism.
The project was established by Da Hongfei and Erik Zhang in June 2014. Along with the White paper, it was presented only a year after. At first, the project was called Antshares but was rebranded as Neo in two years. Previously, Da Hongfei was the head of IntPass Consulting. However, he became keen on blockchain and decided to leave this position and create his own company Onchain. Erik Zhang is an IS expert. He is a certified information systems auditor (CISA). He developed a core and consensus algorithm Delegated Byzantine Fault Tolerant (dBFT) for this crypto project.
Development of Antshares and Neo
The creators immediately issued 100 million tokens ANS (of the ERC-20 standard), half of which was sold in three stages on behalf of Antshares:
- In the first half of 2015, in the course of seed funding, they received 800 thousand yuan (which is $127.4 thousand at that time) in exchange for 10 million ANS.
- In October 2015, in the course of ICO, they exchanged 17 million ANS for 2100 BTC ($552.7 thousand).
- In August 2016, during a re-ICO, they exchanged 23 million ANS for 6120 BTC ($3.5 million).
Creators froze the rest 50 million ANS for a year so they could spend them on developing an ecosystem, rewarding developers, and covering expenses in case of a force majeure. On 17/10/2016, the team launched the mainnet and ‘reforged’ tokens into coins.
After rebranding in June 2017, the organisation of Da Hongfei and Erik Zhang became Neo Council. Da Hongfei took the position of CEO, and Erik Zhang became CTO. Rebranding gave an impulse to the Neo price — in late June, it went from 2.77 to 9.77 US dollars. More dynamic growth was in early August 2017 — from 7.86 to 47.49 US dollars. In October, the developers presented a standard for tokens called NEP-5. It allows any project to issue their own tokens and conduct ICOs via Neo.
On 01/04/2018, Da Hongfei and Erik Zhang restructured the organisation and renamed it NEO Foundation, where they became co-chairmen. The Foundation had two subdivisions — Neo Global Development and Neo Global Capital.
Neo is compared to Ethereum, although Buterin’s platform is intended for the launch of dApps and implementation of Web 3.0. The goal of the Neo project is to create practical links between the digital economy and the real one with the help of its ecosystem supporting cross-chain operations.
Platform features that contribute to the growth of the Neo exchange rate to the dollar:
- the first blockchain focused on the ‘smart economy’;
- security enhanced by the dBFT algorithm, eliminating transaction cancellation and branching of the blockchain;
- antiquantum protection using the NeoQS cryptographic mechanism;
- passive earnings of GAS tokens for node owners that have NEO coins on the deposit (staking);
- speed — 10 thousand operations per second (faster than 5 thousand in EOS, and incomparable with 15 in Ethereum).
The NEO coin is not divided into fractional parts, but the GAS token can be fragmented (the smallest part is 0.00000001). GAS crediting is similar to paying dividends to stocks holders. GAS staking speed in 2020 — six tokens per new block (created in 16 seconds). A decrease by one GAS occurs every 2 million blocks (once a year). Gas pays for platform services, in particular, the launch of a smart contract will cost 500 tokens.
Neo prediction, dynamics, and perspective
In 2018, NEO set an all-time record on 15 January at 187.41 USD. With a further market collapse, this coin also went down, but quickly made a U-turn, and by 29 January, the NEO price recovered to 168.14 USD. The next day, bears defeated it. In April, NEO started an uptrend thanks to BTC. The rise in price from 44.94 to 91.07 USD was also affected by meetups in Tokyo and six cities in Europe.
In 2019, NEO stepped out of the sideways and gained weight during February — from 7.03 to 10.18 USD. Probably, Neo Devcon in Seattle helped. From 9 May to 25 June, closely correlating with BTC, NEO went up from 8.63 to 19.49 USD. From 23 October to 13 November, the Neo chart showed an increase in price from 6.93 to 13.20. At this time, an AMA interview with executives on Reddit and NeoFest in Singapore were taking place.
In 2020, a correlation with the main cryptocurrency occurred again, and only by 14 February, NEO surpassed BTC in growth since the beginning of the year — 88% (from 8.85 to 16.68 USD) against 43%. In April, the team rolled out Neo3 Preview2 and promised to release the final version of Neo 3.0 in the second quarter. Such an event will definitely make the price soar.
Here are the NEO price predictions for 2020 from technical analysis experts:
|Analysts||August 2020||October 2020||December 2020|
|Digital Coin Price||$24.08||$19.50||$17.37|
|Long Forecast (EFA)||$8.74||$8.27||$9.16|