NEAR is a decentralized development platform built on top of the NEAR Protocol, which is a public, sharded, developer-friendly, proof-of-stake blockchain. Put another way, NEAR is like a public community-run cloud platform. That means it is a highly scalable, low-cost platform for developers to create decentralized apps on top of.
NEAR was specifically constructed to solve issues related to system and organizational design that have plagued the original blockchains and prevented mainstream adoption. In addition, NEAR is also one of the first blockchain technologies to receive a third-party carbon-neutral certification.
We envision a world where people control their money, their data, and the tools to build new ideas.