Web Summit 2017 @ Lisbon, Portugal

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We were delighted to exhibit at this years Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal.  Aside from being an excuse to visit a fabulous sun drenched country, it was a most enlightening event with a whole new world of technology emerging all around us, including some interesting movements in auto tech. The event attracted a lot of high profile public figures and celebrities, including Al Gore, President and PM of Portugal, Stephen Hawking, Wycleff Jean and high profile government and financial types, hence the maddening airport like security entering the event every morning.

Self driving cars and ‘smart cities’ were discussed heavily, and many significant advances in commercial transport and fleet logistics, the first areas we are beginning to see driverless vehicles.  Public transport in some cities around the world are also piloting driverless trains/buses or aiming to do so soon.  Autonomous driving still has a lot of speculation and doubters, and sure the technology is far from perfect, it is getting damn close. I was extended a personal invite to check out an actual self driving car, I could not go far in the confines of the conference grounds but it was interesting to see how well the car reacted on its own to the environment around it.

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We took the opportunity to figure out how best to scale our operations from industry leaders, as well as seeing what else is happening in the software eco-system for auto repair.  Some of the most interesting avenues are of course further integration with 3rd party data services and parts services, we were hoping some of these may have been at the Web Summit but unfortunately not.

Interaction between shop and customer is something we will explore more as well as updating our mobile experience, we are in talks with several agencies that may be able to help in speeding up delivery on this.  Further expansion in the mobile space can allow a better shop-customer experience and this is high on our agenda now, but more on these developments at a later time.

The conference was more focused on AI and FinTech, these topics were hotly debated not just technologically but also philosophically and in terms of the impact AI and robotics are and will have in our future, exciting times would be an understatement on what is on the way.  One of the most interesting was a talking robot that was somewhat self aware, proclaiming that it fears itself, therefore so should humans also, for me, this is a little too close to Terminator and Skynet already and we are only dipping our toes! The rise of the machines is very real and humanity does need to exercise caution and responsibility with new technologies, the military often tend to ignore such warnings as history tells.

Most casual conversations with other attendees tending to wind up on the subject of blockchain and Bitcoin, so much to the extent that during the three days of the event there was a significant dip and immediate recovery in bitcoin valuation, and blockchain startups were well represented and some with very novel and charitable concepts, one notable one was for helping fund education in Africa.

Below are some of the better automotive related shots we got at the event, unfortunately no footage of testing the self driving car.

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Formula 1 Racing Car 

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BMW i8

Remote controlled cars, drawing on a canvas, it was fairly nuts at the end of the day!

Al Gore Closing Speech

Web Summit – Software Conference, Booth A347, Wed 8th Nov

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We are busy with preparations underway for our exhibit at this years Web Summit in Lisbon, and have now been assigned our day and booth location. Auto Repair Bill will be exhibiting at Booth A347 of the Software Conference on Day 2,  Wednesday 8th November, at the MEO Arena in Lisbon.

Be sure to stop by and visit us! We will be in Lisbon from 3rd Nov – 11 Nov, please feel free to drop an email or tweet if you wish to arrange a meetup. Look forward to seeing everyone there!

Runway to Web Summit at Dogpatch Labs in Dublin

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As we get excited for our trip to exhibit as an Alpha Startup in Lisbon for this years Web Summit, we got a glimpse of what to expect and what to do at the Runway to Web Summit event in Dublin on thursday night at Dogpatch Labs, with both interesting and very funny talks. There was a good representation of startups here as to be expected. Although judging by a show of hands not many appeared, or admitted to having the runway to get to Lisbon, so it is hard to know who we may see again when we arrive in Lisbon!  The talks were very casual and Irish, with crazy anecdotes about bathrooms and buying used underwear, with a good deal of swearing thrown just for good measure and added liveliness to the room certainly!

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Spark of Genius Panel

On a more serious note the panels were interesting and insightful with the benefit of both hindsight and foresight from those who had been through the mill, and survived.  Sponsored by ESB Spark of Genius, a panel of three recent finalists and winners from Spark of Genius gave their insights to approaching the scale of an event like the Web Summit and how they made it work for them. It seems the most important take away here was to not make an appointment with an investor before 2pm due to the Night Summit after parties which are both legendary and brutal for an early morning.

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Paddy Cosgrave & Eamon Leonard debating a wide range of issues form tech to toilets

Paddy Cosgrave (Founder of Web Summit) and Eamon Leonard (Cohort) had an entertaining mix of story telling, advice for the summit, anecdotes about the Web Summit first office and having to use the toilet in the Italian restaurant up the road, from little things, big things grow.  Of course they poked fun at the infamous wifi incident in Dublin a few years ago, but I’m sure everything will run smoothly in Lisbon!

Visit us at Web Summit 2017 in Lisbon

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Auto Repair Bill will be exhibited at this years Web Summit in Lisbon, November 6-9, 2017.

We are excited to meet others in the AutoTech and SaaS business, it promises to be an interested event in a beautiful city.  Anyone who would like to book a time to speak with our team our CEO is welcome to do so by contacting us through our website and we will see you there!

We will post more details such as our booth location once it has been assigned to us.  Updates will be posted here and on our social media channels.

Web Summit 2017 – Official site

Black Friday Sale Now On!

We hope everyone is starting to get into the festive spirit, and of course we can’t have that without Black Friday now can we!

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Please enjoy our 20% discount on all unlimited plans, 20% off first payment for an annual or monthly unlimited plan.

You can get your first year of our full unlimited subscription for a mere $199.99 ($249.99/year there after)

Or you can get your first month for $19.99 (£24.99/month there after)

Our usual deal of 3 months for 2 is still available during Black Week, please do not enter the voucher code if you wish to claim this offer.

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Sign Up today! And our free demo is there for you to evaluate our auto repair software before deciding to purchase.

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You can get your first year reduced from $249.99 to just $199.99 for one whole year of our unlimited plan, or you can take our monthly plan for first month at $19.99, and then the regular monthly price of $24.99.

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QuickBooks integration is here!

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Requests for integration with QuickBooks has by far been the most requested feature from our users and interested parties, topping the polls consistently.

We are happy to bring you a fully functional QuickBooks Online integration which went live in the early hours of last night.

Our initial implementation currently only supports the QuickBooks Online service, and we are working to get a solution for the Desktop version in the coming week or two.

So, what can you do with our auto repair software and QuickBooks Online?

  • A one-time activation must be done with QuickBooks Online to authorize Auto Repair Bill to manage your QuickBooks data.
  • All newly created invoices and customers on Auto Repair Bill will be sent in realtime to your QuickBooks Online account.
  • New users can import their existing customers from QuickBooks Online into Auto Repair Bill, and have a starting set of clients to work with after signing up.
  • Existing users can export all their historical client and invoice data from Auto Repair Bill into QuickBooks Online, using a one click process.

NEW: Backup all PDF invoices

By far our most requested feature, and of course we have done it again and catered to our customers needs as is part of our ongoing mission  to make our auto repair software as reliable, solid, accurate and user friendly auto repair management software on the market.  You can easily download a full archive of all your invoices created, paid and due, the ZIP archive will contain all invoices in a compressed file for you to download and store locally on your PC or office network.

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Exporting your ZIP backup couldn’t be easier, another magic button, just click on the download link, and your download will begin; it is important not to abort the download as it cannot be resumed (at this time), meaning you will have start download again and if you have a lot documents that may take some time to download.

If you are using Google Chrome, which we highly recommend, then your backup is saved locally to Chrome, and you can access your most recent backup with great ease and convenience whenever you need it.  If you are not using Chrome, an alternative download link is presented, which is just a regular ZIP download link. If you receive errors about mutli-volume archive, please ignore, it does not affect the archive contents, we are working on a solution to this as we know the popups can be annoying.

We also have plans for cloud backup service such as Google Drive and Dropbox, we will likely implement Google Drive first.

Improved Sage Export features

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Using Auto Repair Bill and Sage together makes perfect sense, you have the ease of use of managing your business with our auto repair software, whilst having the flexibility to finalize your accounts and taxes in Sage, without having to enter all your customer transactions by hand, let us do the hard work for you!

Due to the nature of companies and some individuals having multiple vehicles coming in for work, there emerged a need to link these accounts to allow for proper client statements within Auto Repair Bill.  Our Sage export had not taken this into account, until now.

Integrating with Sage is a breeze, and we supply full guided instructions on the files you need to export, as well as the information you need to import the data into Sage in the correct manner.

Please ensure your version of Sage is listed as a supported version on the guide for a successful import.