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Digital freedom begins with your money

Pillar is a grassroots, community-run project in pursuit of making digital worlds more accessible, secure, safer, and with less surveillance.

Our community sees itself as part of a broader movement to shift control of emerging data economies from third-parties like corporations and governments to individuals.

Decentralized networks offer the only path to true data ownership and sovereignty. And while nearly every existing free app accesses user data, turning consumers themselves into products, Pillar gives users control of their wallets in addition to their keys and crypto.

Pillar is empowering individuals around the globe by providing universal access to wealth generation. Our non-custodial and community-run Smart Wallet is the manifestation of Pillar values.

Together, Pillar’s technology and insights let individuals create wealth by providing access typically denied to them by traditional finance - TradFi.

Pillar brings money, markets and services of the future right into the pocket of wallet users who can trade and connect in new data economies.

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Pillar FAQ

What is Pillar?

Pillar is an app to manage all your crypto assets in a simple, user-friendly way. It is a community-run, mobile smart wallet making DeFi accessible to everyone by supporting Ethereum and EVM-compatible chains in a unified multichain experience. It’s governed by the Pillar DAO through its own native token (PLR) and powered by a native multichain SDK, Etherspot.

What can I do with my Pillar wallet?

Pillar wallet allows you to manage all of your crypto assets in one place, make transactions with low-to-no gas fees, and ‘learn to earn’ from in-app curated insights on the crypto market.

  • Instantly sign in to dApps regardless of their native chain location thanks to our Wallet Connect integration
  • Manage all of your assets across different networks including Ethereum, Polygon, xDai, and Binance Smart Chain
  • Stay up to date with curated, in-app market insights and educational materials
  • Receive 24/7 support from real people directly within the app
  • Deposit funds from your bank account or using your credit or debit card
  • Access the best exchange rates with our multichain in-app DEX aggregator which sources from Uniswap, Sushiswap, 1inch, and Synthetix Exchange

Download the Pillar wallet here.

What is Pillar’s story?

Pillar Project Foundation is based in Zug, Switzerland, and was incorporated in 2017. In September 2017, Pillar Project Worldwide Limited, a UK limited company, was set up to become a service company to create the platform under the supervision of the Pillar Project Foundation. After its token sale, Pillar organized its first Unconference in Poprad, Slovakia, in 2018, where it officially launched operations and had its first community gathering, hiring new team members. Since 2020, Pillar has continued to expand, beginning the process of being fully run by the Pillar DAO. In 2021, Pillar’s V2 wallet was launched.

How can I get more involved?

You can become an active member of the Pillar community by joining the Pillar DAO to become a Pillar governor. As a governor, you help decide on how Pillar is run and shape the future of the wallet by voting on development, business, and marketing initiatives and how Pillar’s treasury funds are allocated.

To join the exclusive Governors’ House chat, you must hold 10,000 PLR or 100 LP tokens.

To learn more about the Pillar DAO, join our forum.

Can I buy crypto in Pillar wallet using my regular credit or debit card?

Yes! Pillar has partnered with Ramp.Network to give our users access to an ‘on-ramp’. This allows you to deposit money into the app using your debit or credit card or by bank transfer. Ramp is available in 170+ countries and territories and allows users to purchase over 30 cryptocurrencies. Ramp provides access to banking data on behalf of bank account owners in all banks across the globe, allowing for faster and cheaper processing of your crypto transactions.

What problems does the Pillar wallet address?

Layer-2 networks and sidechains are helping to make DeFi more accessible, but managing assets across chains can be burdensome for wallet users. For example, the journey from Ethereum to other networks involves several extra steps. Wait times can be 10 minutes or longer and involve multiple fees. Pillar was launched to make the crypto experience as accessible and seamless as possible. With an intuitive dashboard to control all tokens, dApps, DeFi services, and NFTs in one place, it’s easier to keep track of your deposits, investments, and seeded liquidity pools.

Pillar empowers users in the DeFi space by supporting the democratization of finance. One way this is achieved is by giving users a say in how the wallet is run through the use of governance tokens. Governance tokens have recently been integrated into DeFi initiatives so that projects can share powers and rights with users. Currently, almost 20% of the active supply of Pillar’s governance token (PLR) is allocated to Pillar DAO. Members of the DAO, known as Pillar governors, vote on the roadmap of the app and have a budget to deliver on business, product, and marketing initiatives. Pillar’s ultimate goal is to completely shift all decision-making to the DAO.

What is ‘multichain’?

DeFi is based on Ethereum, but a number of other blockchains which are Ethereum-compatible are rising up to address issues of speed and transaction costs presented by working on Ethereum’s mainnet. These other blockchains may, for example, provide a means to make transactions using ETH at a lower cost by converting the token, or by bypassing the need to make certain exchanges. Other blockchains focus on providing a particular dApp service that is specifically tailored to a certain industry or use-case rather than trying to solve multiple problems at once. These Ethereum-compatible chains are often interoperable, meaning they can interact with one another, carrying out transactions between them. The ecosystem of these blockchains, such as Polygon, xDai, and Binance Smart Chain to name just a few, make up what is referred to as the ‘multichain’ universe.

What is Etherspot, and how does it relate to Pillar?

Etherspot is a managed, multichain, smart wallet platform that allows developers to leverage the best features of the Ethereum Multiverse quickly and with minimal effort and cost. Pillar’s unified multichain experience is enabled by Etherspot and is the first integration of its SDK. You can find out more about Etherspot here.

How do I get PLR tokens?

You can purchase Pillar tokens on the Pillar app. From the home screen, click on ‘add cash’. This will allow you to enter an amount in fiat you would like to add to your wallet. Once you have entered your desired amount, you will be redirected to the Ramp.Network interface where you will be asked to re-enter the amount of fiat you would like to add and the token you would like to convert it to. You will then be prompted to confirm your payment details using your debit or credit card or via bank transfer.

Pillar tokens are also able to be purchased from Hotbit, HitBTC, PancakeSwap, Bancor Network, Hoo.com, SushiSwap, QuickSwap, HoneySwap, and Uniswap. They can also be bought and used on sidechains including Polygon, Binance Smart Chain, and xDai.

Who runs Pillar?

Pillar is composed of three core groups: the Pillar Foundation Board, Pillar Team, and Pillar DAO. The Pillar Foundation Board oversees and ensures the ongoing dialogue between the Pillar Team, DAO, and the wider community of PLR holders. It is the corporate entity that coordinates the creation of the platform. The Pillar Team is contracted by the Foundation to develop software for Pillar and champion its adoption. The Pillar DAO is the community of PLR token holders who vote on initiatives, including new app features, and how the Pillar treasury’s funds are used.

Below you can find out more about the Pillar Team members. Head over to our About us page for information on the Foundation or our DAO page for more information on how to join the community.

Michael Messele – CEO – [email protected]

Michael Messele is a co-founder and CEO of Pillar Project. Michael is an experienced campaigner within the technology space of the financial services industry. He has devoted the last few years to leveraging new innovations built on the decentralized economy. Michael has an MBA from Cranfield School of Management.

Aldin Ademović – CCO – [email protected]

Aldin Ademović has been advising organizations on best-in-class implementations of machine learning and big data. He has worked with financial institutions including HSBC, Santander, and BBVA to generate market opportunities for their front-line teams by strategically using semantic analysis and correlation of internal and external data sources. Aldin founded Axin Advisors, a think tank that specializes in helping blockchain organizations with their adoption strategies, helping them structure their governance (DAO models) and tokenomics for optimal go-to-market execution.

Kieran Goodary – Head of Mobile Engineering – [email protected]

Kieran is a passionate coder who spends his time building up services to support the Pillar app, writing technical articles on our achievements at Pillar, solving complex data and infrastructure scalability issues, and recently, launching the Pillar app into the DeFi / multichain space with Pillar V2. Since graduating from university with honors in Internet Computing, he’s gone on to work at some of the world’s biggest companies, including PlayStation and Emirates. Kieran has also built a range of his own apps and services in his spare time. Kieran’s latest focus is Decentralised Finance and how it’s changing the way we think about and interact with money.

What is Pillar?

Pillar is an app to manage all your crypto assets in a simple, user-friendly way. It is a community-run, mobile smart wallet making DeFi accessible to everyone by supporting Ethereum and EVM-compatible chains in a unified multichain experience. It’s governed by the Pillar DAO through its own native token (PLR) and powered by a native multichain SDK, Etherspot.

What problems does the Pillar wallet address?

Layer-2 networks and sidechains are helping to make DeFi more accessible, but managing assets across chains can be burdensome for wallet users. For example, the journey from Ethereum to other networks involves several extra steps. Wait times can be 10 minutes or longer and involve multiple fees. Pillar was launched to make the crypto experience as accessible and seamless as possible. With an intuitive dashboard to control all tokens, dApps, DeFi services, and NFTs in one place, it’s easier to keep track of your deposits, investments, and seeded liquidity pools.

Pillar empowers users in the DeFi space by supporting the democratization of finance. One way this is achieved is by giving users a say in how the wallet is run through the use of governance tokens. Governance tokens have recently been integrated into DeFi initiatives so that projects can share powers and rights with users. Currently, almost 20% of the active supply of Pillar’s governance token (PLR) is allocated to Pillar DAO. Members of the DAO, known as Pillar governors, vote on the roadmap of the app and have a budget to deliver on business, product, and marketing initiatives. Pillar’s ultimate goal is to completely shift all decision-making to the DAO.

What can I do with my Pillar wallet?

Pillar wallet allows you to manage all of your crypto assets in one place, make transactions with low-to-no gas fees, and ‘learn to earn’ from in-app curated insights on the crypto market.

  • Instantly sign in to dApps regardless of their native chain location thanks to our Wallet Connect integration
  • Manage all of your assets across different networks including Ethereum, Polygon, xDai, and Binance Smart Chain
  • Stay up to date with curated, in-app market insights and educational materials
  • Receive 24/7 support from real people directly within the app
  • Deposit funds from your bank account or using your credit or debit card
  • Access the best exchange rates with our multichain in-app DEX aggregator which sources from Uniswap, Sushiswap, 1inch, and Synthetix Exchange

Download the Pillar wallet here.

What is ‘multichain’?

DeFi is based on Ethereum, but a number of other blockchains which are Ethereum-compatible are rising up to address issues of speed and transaction costs presented by working on Ethereum’s mainnet. These other blockchains may, for example, provide a means to make transactions using ETH at a lower cost by converting the token, or by bypassing the need to make certain exchanges. Other blockchains focus on providing a particular dApp service that is specifically tailored to a certain industry or use-case rather than trying to solve multiple problems at once. These Ethereum-compatible chains are often interoperable, meaning they can interact with one another, carrying out transactions between them. The ecosystem of these blockchains, such as Polygon, xDai, and Binance Smart Chain to name just a few, make up what is referred to as the ‘multichain’ universe.

What is Pillar’s story?

Pillar Project Foundation is based in Zug, Switzerland, and was incorporated in 2017. In September 2017, Pillar Project Worldwide Limited, a UK limited company, was set up to become a service company to create the platform under the supervision of the Pillar Project Foundation. After its token sale, Pillar organized its first Unconference in Poprad, Slovakia, in 2018, where it officially launched operations and had its first community gathering, hiring new team members. Since 2020, Pillar has continued to expand, beginning the process of being fully run by the Pillar DAO. In 2021, Pillar’s V2 wallet was launched.

What is Etherspot, and how does it relate to Pillar?

Etherspot is a managed, multichain, smart wallet platform that allows developers to leverage the best features of the Ethereum Multiverse quickly and with minimal effort and cost. Pillar’s unified multichain experience is enabled by Etherspot and is the first integration of its SDK. You can find out more about Etherspot here.

How can I get more involved?

You can become an active member of the Pillar community by joining the Pillar DAO to become a Pillar governor. As a governor, you help decide on how Pillar is run and shape the future of the wallet by voting on development, business, and marketing initiatives and how Pillar’s treasury funds are allocated.

To join the exclusive Governors’ House chat, you must hold 10,000 PLR or 100 LP tokens.

To learn more about the Pillar DAO, join our forum.

How do I get PLR tokens?

You can purchase Pillar tokens on the Pillar app. From the home screen, click on ‘add cash’. This will allow you to enter an amount in fiat you would like to add to your wallet. Once you have entered your desired amount, you will be redirected to the Ramp.Network interface where you will be asked to re-enter the amount of fiat you would like to add and the token you would like to convert it to. You will then be prompted to confirm your payment details using your debit or credit card or via bank transfer.

Pillar tokens are also able to be purchased from Hotbit, HitBTC, PancakeSwap, Bancor Network, Hoo.com, SushiSwap, QuickSwap, HoneySwap, and Uniswap. They can also be bought and used on sidechains including Polygon, Binance Smart Chain, and xDai.

Can I buy crypto in Pillar wallet using my regular credit or debit card?

Yes! Pillar has partnered with Ramp.Network to give our users access to an ‘on-ramp’. This allows you to deposit money into the app using your debit or credit card or by bank transfer. Ramp is available in 170+ countries and territories and allows users to purchase over 30 cryptocurrencies. Ramp provides access to banking data on behalf of bank account owners in all banks across the globe, allowing for faster and cheaper processing of your crypto transactions.

Who runs Pillar?

Pillar is composed of three core groups: the Pillar Foundation Board, Pillar Team, and Pillar DAO. The Pillar Foundation Board oversees and ensures the ongoing dialogue between the Pillar Team, DAO, and the wider community of PLR holders. It is the corporate entity that coordinates the creation of the platform. The Pillar Team is contracted by the Foundation to develop software for Pillar and champion its adoption. The Pillar DAO is the community of PLR token holders who vote on initiatives, including new app features, and how the Pillar treasury’s funds are used.

Below you can find out more about the Pillar Team members. Head over to our About us page for information on the Foundation or our DAO page for more information on how to join the community.

Michael Messele – CEO – [email protected]

Michael Messele is a co-founder and CEO of Pillar Project. Michael is an experienced campaigner within the technology space of the financial services industry. He has devoted the last few years to leveraging new innovations built on the decentralized economy. Michael has an MBA from Cranfield School of Management.

Aldin Ademović – CCO – [email protected]

Aldin Ademović has been advising organizations on best-in-class implementations of machine learning and big data. He has worked with financial institutions including HSBC, Santander, and BBVA to generate market opportunities for their front-line teams by strategically using semantic analysis and correlation of internal and external data sources. Aldin founded Axin Advisors, a think tank that specializes in helping blockchain organizations with their adoption strategies, helping them structure their governance (DAO models) and tokenomics for optimal go-to-market execution.

Kieran Goodary – Head of Mobile Engineering – [email protected]

Kieran is a passionate coder who spends his time building up services to support the Pillar app, writing technical articles on our achievements at Pillar, solving complex data and infrastructure scalability issues, and recently, launching the Pillar app into the DeFi / multichain space with Pillar V2. Since graduating from university with honors in Internet Computing, he’s gone on to work at some of the world’s biggest companies, including PlayStation and Emirates. Kieran has also built a range of his own apps and services in his spare time. Kieran’s latest focus is Decentralised Finance and how it’s changing the way we think about and interact with money.

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