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What Is Nexo?
Nexo is a blockchain-based lending platform that offers users instant cryptocurrency-backed loans. Users deposit an accepted token — such as Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), or XRP (XRP) — as collateral to receive a loan in the form of a fiat currency or stablecoin.
Nexo has a native token, NEXO, that grants users benefits such as discounts on interest accumulated on loans and the opportunity to receive interest payments on funds deposited when locked in the platform. Token holders also receive dividends from Nexo’s profits.
The project was first announced in December 2017, and it launched in April 2018.
Who Are the Founders of Nexo?
Nexo was founded by a team of finance professionals and crypto enthusiasts who turned to blockchain to create the crypto equivalent to a service well established in traditional Finance but hitherto non-existent in digital Finance— borrowing against the value of your assets while retaining ownership. In 2018, the team launched the Nexo platform, offering the world’s first crypto credit lines that allowed digital asset holders to obtain fiat and stablecoin loans against their cryptocurrency, thus setting the foundations of the crypto lending niche.
The collective behind Nexo has a combined experience of over 30 years in financial services, including non-crypto lending, investment banking, mergers and acquisitions, and hedge funds, with Co-founder and Managing Partner Antoni Trenchev additionally contributing with experience in Finance Law and KYC and AML solutions.
Trenches, who has acted as the public face of Nexo’s leadership, has a track record in advocating for wider blockchain and crypto adoption, notably serving as a member of parliament in Bulgaria’s National Assembly from 2015 to 2017, where he promoted the implementation of blockchain solutions for e-government services, as well as frequently commenting on crypto and digital finance-related current events to mainstream media, including Bloomberg, The Independent, and CNBC.
Nexo currently services over a million users across 200+ jurisdictions, managing over $4 billion in assets. The company now has 150 employees, with its management based in London.
What Makes Nexo Unique?
According to its whitepaper, Nexo is the first-ever provider of instant cryptocurrency-backed loans, and it intends to solve inefficiencies in the lending market. Its automated lending process uses smart contracts and an oracle on the Ethereum blockchain to manage loans. After a user transfers cryptocurrency to a Nexo-controlled wallet, the prophet establishes the loan, and the user is instantly allocated the funds. When the user deposits to repay the loan, the oracle returns the cryptocurrency and records the transaction on the blockchain. Smart contracts are used to power NEXO and to record user balances.
Nexo is marketed to individual and institutional investors, cryptocurrency companies, exchanges, miners, and others who want liquidity from their assets. The company makes a profit from the interest accumulated on loans, and it also offers institutional lending and consulting services.
Nexo seeks to build a user base of clients that continue to use the platform and remain invested in NEXO. The company announced a loyalty program that rewards those who keep NEXO in their accounts, giving them preferential interest rates on loans and higher yields on savings. Nexo distributes 30% of its profits to NEXO token holders in dividends.
How Many Nexo (NEXO) Coins Are There in Circulation?
Nexo has a fixed supply of 1 billion tokens. Of this amount, the collection was allocated in the following manner:
- 250 million NEXO (25%) for the company’s overdraft funding reserves, subject to a 12-month vesting period with a six-month cliff;
- 112.5 million NEXO (11.25%) for the founders and team, subject to a 48-month quarterly vesting period;
- 60 million NEXO (6%) for community building and airdrop campaigns, subject to an 18-month quarterly vesting period;
- 52.5 million NEXO (5.25%) for advisors, legal costs, and marketing, subject to a 12-month vesting period;
- 525 million NEXO (52.5%) for sale to investors.
While Nexo initially planned to have a public presale and main token sale, it later canceled its general sales due to investors’ overwhelming interest in its private sale.
In October 2020, the company announced that it was launching a “Nexonomics” initiative to drive its tokenomics and increase the value of NEXO. The company subsequently revealed that it would buy back $12 million worth of NEXO.
How Is the Nexo Network Secured?
Nexo is a privately owned company and, as such, is responsible for the security of its networks and user funds. Nexo stores its digital assets with BitGo, a crypto-asset custodian that keeps tokens in cold storage wallets and is covered by a $100 million insurance policy. In November 2019, Nexo reported that it was ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certified after being audited by RINA and the Consortium for IT Software Quality.
Its native token, NEXO, is an ERC-20 token issued on the Ethereum blockchain, meaning that any on-chain NEXO transactions are validated and secured by the Ethereum mainnet using its Ethash proof-of-work consensus algorithm. Miners compete to add new blocks to the blockchain, and a majority of all nodes in the network must validate a record for it to be posted.
Upon its launch, Nexo reported that its token had been “fully audited.” In November 2019, the smart contracts were independently audited by Castillo Network, which found no critical security issues.
Where Can You Buy Nexo (NEXO)?
NEXO can be purchased on cryptocurrency exchanges such as Huobi Global, UPEX, Hoo, and Bitrue. It can be traded against fiat currencies such as the South Korean won and the Indian rupee, cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH), and the stablecoin Tether (USDT).