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Feature Spotlight: Adding New Categories – Advanced Options

When setting up a new event, you need to create categories.  These categories define the participant’s category options for registration.  For example, a category may be “Female 30-35”. The basic way to create categories is through our “create category” feature.

If you are creating multiple races with the same categories, then you are ready for our advanced options.  When creating your next event you can choose to copy categories from a previously added race. This will pull all the categories from your previous race into your new one – no muss, no fuss.

This  video shows you how to create categories using advanced options:

Want to get back to the basics? This video shows how to create categories using our basic option:

To learn more about Lapio software visit: www.lapio.com

Happy Birthday to Lapio – 2 Years and Running!

This week Lapio turns 2! Hard to believe it has been 2 years since our Co-Founders Klaus Priesler and Anders Roerbaek started it all. As endurance racers, they saw a need to give participants a better race experience through accurate LIVE results and the ability to easily share their accomplishments with friends and family.

Today, with over 750 races, 310, 232 participants, 1,774,978 chip reading, streamed LIVE results, countless Facebook posts and photos shared; we’re humbled to see how quickly Lapio is changing the way races are experienced.

As a startup born in Denmark, we crawled. We proved our concept from customer to customer. Then we started to walk. We walked through Europe bringing on new partners, new races, and saying hello to returning customers.  Now, 2 years old, we’re running. Running into new countries, meeting new friends and powering awesome new races.

FEATURED UPCOMING RACES:

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Along the way we’ve developed a pretty cool solution but we’re not done yet. We continue to innovate to give you, the race director, the tools you need to provide the best race experience for your participants.

ONE INTEGRATED SOLUTION
Instead of race organizers having to use a different vendor for each of their race needs, Lapio has combined all the features you want in one, easy to use, integrated solution.

CLOUD TECHNOLOGY
Lapio’s cloud-based software gives you all the innovative features you want, data accuracy you need, with access from anywhere. Your Lapio account gives you a complete overview of your race management tools, registration information, and timing data so that you stay in control of your races.

TIMING MADE EASY
We’ve made race timing easy. With our patent pending automated hardware timing synchronization, anyone can time a race. Race organizers can now easily provide accurate, live results while saving big by handling in-house.

TIMING HARDWARE FLEXIBILITY
Lapio software is compatible with multiple hardware platforms. If you already own hardware, simply connect Lapio software to your timing hardware and begin providing results in minutes. If you are purchasing hardware for the first time, Lapio will work with you to find the best solution for your timing needs.

MERCHANT ACCOUNT INTEGRATION
Lapio software gives race organizers control over your race revenue. With our merchant account integration, registration payments are deposited directly into your bank account. Giving you access to your money, when you need it.

Great tools are nothing without great customers. And we want to say a big THANK YOU to our customers.  If we threw a birthday party, you’d all be invited but here’s what a few friends of Lapio had to say!

“Wishing Lapio a happy happy birthday!  This year marks our second year using Lapio for the Los Altos Hills Pathways Run/Walk and we couldn’t be happier.”
Sarah Gualtieri, Los Altos Hills Parks and Recreation

“The Lapio system is not only a huge leap forward for timing software, it’s also a breakthrough for race directors looking to super-charge their races’ social media presence.”
Sam Fiandaca, Brazen Racing

“We are really happy to have partnered with Lapio. We are getting more engaged users, ROI in less than 6 months all while saving 40% on the cost of timing.”
Kristian Uhd Jepsen
 XTERRA Nordic

“Lapio’s LIVE results and the ability to integrate with social networks is going to drastically change South African endurance racing.”
Gerrit Pieterse, TimeMe

 Another year older and another year wiser, we continue on our mission.

“At Lapio we want all races, from large to small, to enjoy the benefits of efficient, accurate timing combined with innovative features; all at an affordable cost.”

 Cheers to another year!

 - The Lapio Team

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Customer Spotlight: TimeMe – Changing Endurance Racing in South Africa

With the introduction of new technology, the racing industry is changing. The once dominant PC-based software is now competing against cloud-based software with innovative features and enhanced timing capabilities. One market dramatically changed by this technology is South African endurance racing.

We interviewed Gerrit Pieterse, Co-Founder of TimeMe who shared how his team, using Lapio software, are responding to demand for better technology and taking the South African timing industry by storm.

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TELL US ABOUT TIMEME AND WHY YOU DECIDED TO GET INTO RACE TIMING?
Little over a year ago we were busy organizing a mountain bike event and needed a company to do the timing for us, we could only get hold of one company and they only replied to our email requesting a quote, two months after the event. We then decided to buy our own equipment and start a timing company on a small scale. This small company has grown faster than we anticipated and we now have numerous events lined up. TimeMe is a young energetic sports timing company that is putting its stamp the local timing industry. Critics silenced, race organizers smiling and correct times given to such an extent that we managed to break 99% accuracy all the events we timed.

WHAT SIZE IS THE SOUTH AFRICAN ENDURANCE RACING MARKET? WHAT TYPES OF RACES ARE THE MOST POPULAR?
Endurance racing is certainly not new to South Africa, but the market only exploded a short while ago. Individuals all over South Africa are claiming top spots in International events. The fastest growing and still the most popular by a great margin is mountain biking and especially mountain bike stage races like the ABSA Cape Epic, Joburg2C and Sani2C only to name a few. Ultra marathon trail running and trail running stage races is also becoming increasingly popular in South Africa. People are even referring to Mountain biking as the new golf of South Africa.

WHAT WERE SOME OF THE ISSUES YOU FACED WITH THE WAY PREVIOUS RACE RESULTS WERE SHARED?
LIVE results is the biggest issue in South Africa, there is a lot of different timing software companies claiming that they can deliver real time results, but they unfortunately still have major hiccups. The most common way is to export all your results into MsExcel and then it has to be populated and sorted, to make sense, before it can be loaded onto your website or the race organiser’s website, this is very time consuming and can sometimes take days if you don’t have all the athletes details – all this while athletes are crying to have their results.

YOU ARE NOW USING LAPIO SOFTWARE FOR ALL OF YOUR ONLINE RACE REGISTRATION AND TIMING. WHAT ISSUES DOES LAPIO SOFTWARE SOLVE?
Well firstly we have LIVE results, that’s actually streamed in real time, to our results page and accessible from anywhere in the world. The other major advantage is that the online entries are integrated into the software and we and the race organizer immediately know how many people have entered and we as race timers no longer have to wait for online registration sites to send us the data – which then still needs to be captured and imported onto our software, before we can start to time an event. Everything is brilliantly integrated with Lapio!

HOW DO YOU SEE SOUTH AFRICAN ENDURANCE RACING CHANGING WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF NEW TECHNOLOGY?
Dramatically! South Africa is and will always be one of the youngest countries in the world; we only receive the majority of the technology dead stone last. All the athletes constantly acknowledges and admire the technology from Europe and America, and it so happened to turn into a desire for almost each and every one of them. We believe with the introduction of Lapio will come a much bigger supporter base for endurance events with everything streamed to social networks instantly. Athletes families and friends will also be able to share in the joy of the participants as they cross the finish line, even if they’re hundreds of miles away.

DO YOU HAVE ANY REALLY COOL RACES COMING UP?
Yes, we have a one day road cycling stage race called The Kremetart Stage Race. This is definitely the highlight of our year where Lapio’s technology would be able to set the benchmark for all the other timing companies/timing software. With a successful Kremetart Stage Race, loads and loads of COOL races are sure to follow!

Thank you to Gerrit and TimeMe from all of us at Lapio! As a company whose mission is to create innovative technology, we are proud to see our customers changing the way races are experienced and how those experiences are shared.

If you have any questions let us know on Facebook or Twitter.

To learn more about Lapio software visit: www.lapio.com

 

Feature Spotlight: Race Day Registration

At Lapio we understand that race day is hectic. You have 100 things going on at once and the last thing you have is extra time. On race morning you prepare for a rush of race day registrations. While it can be stressful, as race organizers, you know you it’s all part of the job.

Lapio software makes race day registration easy. Race organizers can prepare bibs with assigned timing chip data in advance. On race day, all you need to do is assign the bib to the participant and choose the appropriate category. And voila! Your participant is headed to the starting line.

Check out this video to see how Lapio software makes race day registration easy!

RACE DAY REGISTRATION VIDEO:

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To learn more about Lapio software visit: www.lapio.com

Feature Spotlight: Merchant Account Integration

Picture this…you are organizing a race and registration is handled online. You create your customized registration page, add the event information, your registration page goes live and you start accepting registration payments. You then have to wait until your money (collected by your registration company) is deposited into your bank account 2 weeks – 1 month later. This deposit schedule continues until your race is over. Sound familiar?

Lapio software gives you back control over your race revenue. With our merchant account integration, registration payments are deposited directly into your bank account. Giving you access to your money, when you need it.

How do we do this? Lapio has teamed up with Stripe to ensure secure, fast and reliable transactions.

Let’s walk through this step-by-step.

STEP 1: SETUP YOUR ONLINE REGISTRATION PAGE WITH LAPIO



STEP 2: CREATE AN ACCOUNT WITH STRIPE

To setup your account visit: www.stripe.com

Once you’ve created an account, Stripe will provide you with a set of API Keys.

STEP 3: PROVIDE LAPIO WITH YOUR STRIPE API KEYS

Remember, Stripe is safe and secure. Lapio will never see your bank account information and we like it that way.

STEP 4: LAPIO WILL ACTIVATE YOUR MERCHANT ACCOUNT

Lapio will integrate your Stripe API Keys into your Lapio account. Once this integration is complete, you will see your Merchant Account information when you login.

And Viola! Within minutes you’ll be able to start accepting registration payments directly into your bank account.

At Lapio we want to give you control over your races, your revenue and your business.

For more information about Lapio visit: www.lapio.com.

Lapio Offers Race Organizers Ability to Accept Bitcoin as Payment

Palo Alto, California, January 27, 2014 – Lapio Inc. an all-in-one race management and timing solution allowing race organizers to easily manage and time their events, today announces it will now offer race organizers the ability to accept registration payment for endurance races in Bitcoin currency through Coinbase.

Innovation is at the forefront of Lapio software. Their differentiation lies in the ability to create innovative software that breaks down real and perceived barriers for race organizers. This drive to understand technology and how it affects endurance racing is rocking the industry which has seen little change for the last 10 years.

In a recent article titled “Why Bitcoin Matters” author, Marc Andreessen sheds light on the current state of the Bitcoin and shares why he believes this Internetwide payment system is here to stay. For endurance racing, some more relevant  points he addresses are lower payment processing fees, elimination of credit card fraud, increased payment security and the ability to bring a much larger number of people around the world into the modern economic system.

Co-founder Klaus Preisler says, “As a cloud based company, we must help our customers break down regional barriers. As the internet reaches more and more people and the interest in endurance racing continues to grow we must continue to adapt to support our customers. We have seen potential customers struggling with regionally based issues, which makes it hard for them to embrace new technology. One of these barriers is payment processing”.

Each region has their own barriers. When it comes to payment, the US racing market deals mainly with manageable, yet frustrating, issues of 2-3% processing fees and credit card fraud. While the more emerging markets are dealing with the inability to securely process transactions, leading to very underdeveloped race management systems.

Looking to the future, the introduction of Bitcoin as a payment option will hopefully shatter these barriers and increase the flexibility for race organizers. Lapio also understands the benefit of this technology as well.  Klaus adds, “The fact is that endurance racing is growing worldwide and our pricing model is based on individual participants. This means that our profit is 100% based on revenue created by our customers. By offering increased flexibility, organizers in developed and less developed markets, can strengthen their business by using our product.”

Lapio continues to evolve in an effort to bring race organizers all the features they want in one, easy to use, integrated solution.

About Lapio
Lapio is the go to software solution for race organizers who want to easily manage and time their own races. Our software provides online registration, payment, LIVE timing, social media integration, photo sharing and more! All the features you want in one, easy to use, integrated solution. We are passionate about endurance racing and passionate about technology with innovation at the heart of our solutions.

Reference:
Andreessen, Marc (January 21, 2014). “Why Bitcoin Matters”. The New York Times.