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Token Analysis: Is NEO (Formerly Antshares) ‘China’s Ethereum’?

Introduction

This article was posted on Friday, 19:32, UTC.

NEO has been called “China’s Ethereum”. The Western market first collectively learned about Antshares, a smart contract and decentralized application (dApp) platform, just ahead of the company’s rebrand to ‘NEO’ – which is Greek for “newness”, novelty and youth. That merely one exchange offers bitcoin-NEO trades has led to a bottleneck in supply. Prices skyrocketed in the weeks ahead of the rebrand. Antshares’ ICO was in the fall of 2016.

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NEO development began in 2014 and the blockchain-startup ONCHAIN is overseeing its enterprise version. Already the platform offers more languages than Ethereum supports. NEO’s partners include crowdfunding platform WINGS and multinational technology corporation Microsoft. Reports last year of a partnership between Alibaba and the former AntShares were false, though the companies have worked together.

NEO’s collaboration with Wings is for research and development purposes. With Ali Cloud and ONCHAIN, NEO is working on a proof of existence e-mail repository.

That NEO representatives seemingly have the okay from the government – having attended a government-sponsored industry conference – could bode well for the blockchain project. As ONCHAIN’s CEO, and Antshares founder, Da Hogfei, tweeted:

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NEO Price History as Antcoin

The token price, still trading under its former ticker ‘ANC’ or ‘ANS’ across the web on this article’s publish date, and until the rebrand is complete in the third quarter of 2017, skyrocketed particularly from June 19-20. The platform increased from $1.65 on June 15 to $10 at the time of writing on June 20. It then corrected and currently sits at just shy of $7, according to CoinMarketCap. Antshares’ all-time high sits at $11.79.

The decentralized smart contract platform’s first price history, according to CoinMarket Cap, started this past fall. The project’s native token started trading at a price of 55 cents before settling between approximately 10 cents and 30 cents. ANC trended south until the end of October 2016, when it reached a nadir of 8 cents. The price then skyrocketed to 31 cents. After a quick price increase, the price drifted downwards until March 2017 when it, along with much of the crypto-asset complex, increased in value.

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Per the rebrand, not only does Antshares become NEO, but Antcoin (ANC) becomes ‘GAS’. “So, it is no longer a ‘dividend interest’ sort of asset, but a utility sub-token for network functionalities,” a NEO community member told Hacked.com.

Under the Hood

NEO smart contracts are based on NEO’s Virtual Machine, which is similar to Ethereum’s Virtual Machine. NEO plans to soon release its “Smart Economy” platform, which has also been termed “Smart Contracts 2.0”.

NEO is designed to solve the same problems as Ethereum. NEO’s incorporation of sharding and concurrency in its computer science model solves scalability problems. Ethereum has yet to make such changes to better scale that smart contract and dApp platform.

NEO

Delegated Byzantine Fault Tolerance

By using Delegated Byzantine Fault Tolerance (dBFT) for its blockchain operations – a consensus method proponents claim offers better security for blockchains – NEO places itself in the company of the well-known blockchain project Hyperledger, and the lesser-known Stellar. “Specialized bookkeeping nodes” reach consensus via “delegated voting” per NEO’s dBFT model. It takes a two-thirds vote for approval of a current copy of a blockchain.

“After investigating and studying the crypto-industry and blockchain technologies for several years, we came to the conclusion that the delegated Byzantine Fault Tolerance alternative (or dBFT) is best suited for such a system,” Erik Iz, co-founder and core developer at Antshares, stated on BitcoinTalk. “It provides swift transaction verification times, de-incentivises most attack vectors and upholds a single blockchain version with no risk of forks or alternative blockchain records emerging – regardless of how much computing power, or coins an attacker possesses.”

Nest Smart Fund

With the rebrand in NEO’s past, the team is looking forward to expanding its western-focused marketing efforts, a NEO community member told Hacked.com. Moreover, it’s partnered on a “do over” for the cryptocurrency community.

“Nest is a whole new form of smart fund written in Antshares smart contracts,” writes NEO about its new ‘DAO’ style fund called Nest Fund, which uses NEO smart contract technology.

The DAO, or ‘decentralized autonomous organization’, had set out to become a decentralized venture capital fund based on Ethereum’s smart contract code. It failed.

NEO adds about its attempt at a similar fund: “Nest aims to, with the power of blockchain, eliminate and neutralize problems like high threshold, high risk, low efficiency and moral risks. Participants invest, manage and exit with smart contracts instead of application to certain organizations. Antshares’ Blockchain enables everyone to join the Nest, with a 0 threshold and 100% transparency, with a safe and free exit option at any given time.”

For a cryptocurrency community that likes to be right – they told you so about Bitcoin, after all – Nest could garner serious interest for users looking to make a point, and prove the ideas behind crypto right.

Numerous Blockchain Products

Nest Fund isn’t the only blockchain-based service or product offered by NEO. Other than its parent, ONCHAIN, NEO leads projects including blockchain-based browsers,  a web-based crypto-asset wallet, as well as an online crowdfunding fund that is not the aforementioned Nest. The team also partnered with Microsoft Azure to bring blockchain technology to the server experience. This project is similar to partnerships pioneered by Azure in the west.

NEO, Microsoft Azure servers

The Verdict

Antshares is available on just five exchanges currently, and that limits the amount of buying demand for ANC. Just a single exchange buys and sells ANC for Bitcoin. Now, as many westerners learn of NEO for the first time, the demand will only increase.

But a lack of information available in English about NEO could slow demand. When NEO’s implementation of blockchain technology receives increasing press in the English-speaking world – and it likely will considering its corporate partners – there could be further price implications. The crypto-asset is currently the 23rd largest, according to Coin Market Cap. On CoinCap.io, it is the 21st largest.

Only time will tell with NEO, but there are lots of intriguing projects in the works at the blockchain company, including authentication work with Chinese authorities to map real-world assets with smart contracts. The company also has numerous patents, including ones for cross-chain interoperability. It’s partnered with numerous blockchain projects, like Bancor, Agrello, Coindash and Binance.

Due to NEO’s corporate partners –  among whom are included Microsoft, etc. –  and its under the radar Ethereum-esque functionality, we give the project a 7.75 out of 10. 

Token Details

In order to use the new version of the platform, NEO, Antshares users do not need to do anything other than download the new client/app when it is ready later this year. ‘ANC’ becomes ‘NEO’, and ‘ANC’ becomes ‘GAS’.

ANC – as it is still currently referred to throughout much of the digital asset realm until the rebrand to ‘GAS’ is completed – can be purchased on the western-facing digital asset exchange Bittrex. In the east, the asset can be found at exchanges Yunbi, Yuanbao, Jubi, and 19800.

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Comments
  • user

    AUTHOR bitsurfer

    Posted on 9:21 pm June 23, 2017.

    I don’t see ANC at Bittrex. Can you provide the direct link to the coin’s page on Bittrex?

    • user

      AUTHOR bitsurfer

      Posted on 9:22 pm June 23, 2017.

      Oh, and great article by the way. 🙂 Thanks for the analysis!

    • user

      AUTHOR mvppvm_07

      Posted on 2:18 am June 24, 2017.

      When you’ve logged in to Bittrex, go to their Bitcoin Markets link (upper left hand corner of the page). type in Antshares. Directly underneath it, you should see a light blue ‘ANS’ show up. click / go.

      • user

        AUTHOR bitsurfer

        Posted on 3:01 am June 24, 2017.

        I know about ANS, and certainly see it in Bittrex.. though the author also references a second coin, ANC, and says it is trading at Bittrex only, but I don’t see it.

        • user

          AUTHOR RH2302

          Posted on 10:45 am June 24, 2017.

          Same coin, different names.

          Like STR and XLM

          Both Stellar Lumen

          • user

            AUTHOR Justin OConnell

            Posted on 5:58 pm June 25, 2017.

            Hopefully this ‘ANS’/’ANC’ aspect gets taken care of with the rebrand, and as well with NEO’s advertising push into western markets. I used ‘ANC’ and ‘ANS’ interchangeably here because the official name is ‘ANC’ but it is traded as ‘ANS’ in the marketplace – an interesting phenomenon perhaps specific to crypto. I make note of this quickly at top of article.

  • user

    AUTHOR ezra

    Posted on 9:26 pm June 23, 2017.

    Do you think it’s worth scooping up a few hundred usd worth for long term investments ? I’m super interested in this

    • user

      AUTHOR mvppvm_07

      Posted on 2:22 am June 24, 2017.

      Trust what you read. If you agree with the 7.5 out of 10 stated in the summary, you already have your answer from the author. If YOU think it’s worth a risk, and are willing to take the chance that a couple hundred USD might be lost if it doesn’t go well, you are ready to invest in crypto.

    • user

      AUTHOR Justin OConnell

      Posted on 6:00 pm June 25, 2017.

      It really depends on your personal situation, philosophy, etc. This rating is based mostly on the fact that NEO is working on technology used by the consortium known as Hyperledger (so, major players in the space), the lack of awareness in the west, and that the company has worked with Microsoft much like Ethereum in the west.

  • user

    AUTHOR magicnipples

    Posted on 9:23 pm July 9, 2017.

    With such an article about Neo, i m curious to know why you don’t add it in your stock of picks or recommendations.

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