Do I need to use the Arweave coin ($AR)?

No, you don't need the $AR coin to pay for storage in Akord. We take care of making the $AR payment to the network behind the scenes.

We use Stripe as a credit card payment provider, who also support Apple pay and Google pay.

We plan on integrating third party wallets, so if you do hold $AR in a crypto wallet it will be possible to use this directly on Akord.