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5 Ways to Validate a Business Idea, Right Now

Don't let your day job or lack of capital stop you from finding and testing a business idea. Here's how.
Last year, I embarked upon a personal challenge to validate a business idea in 30 days. To make it even more difficult, it was a random idea chosen by my readers. They asked me to do it without using my existing website, traffic and business connections and without spending more than 20 hours per week on the project. On top of that, I limited myself to spending no more than $500 validating this idea. The experiment was a success.In just two weeks, I built an email list of 565 subscribers without having an actual website. Then, I reached out to a handful of those subscribers and pre-sold 12 copies of a book that didn't even exist yet, all in less than 30 days. I wrote about the experiment in real-time with in-depth weekly updates, successes, failures and lessons learned along the way, right here in my validation challenge. Today, I want to share with you the five most effect…

10 Cool Offices You'll Wish Were Yours

 To grab the best and brightest talent, companies are paying more attention than ever before to the environment created by their–increasingly creative–work spaces.
It’s a smart move–most professionals spend more hours at the office each week than they do at home, and an office the allows for events, brainstorming, relaxation, and team-building can up productivity and anchorage employees to come to the office each day instead of telecommuting.
Each year, Glassdoor combs through thousands of photos shared on its website and apps to identify ten truly innovative and welcoming spaces at companies across the country.
A number of the offices represented here are from the tech sector, where a creative, driven, and nonconformist culture–coupled often with healthy profits–has made offices outfitted with ping pong tables, bean bag chairs, and “huddle rooms” an industry norm. But it’s no longer just app designers who can kick back in a campground-themed meeting area–this year’s list includes companies from a number of other industries as well.
Here are this year’s 10 Cool Office Spaces:
1) Quicken Loans
At the Detroit-based retail mortgage provider, a one-time bank vault now serves as a seriously ornate meeting room.
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2) TOMS
Tired of waiting for the elevator? This slide helps employees in TOMS Playa del Rey, California office move between floors twice as fast!
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3) Square
Talk about multitasking: At San Francisco-based mobile payments company Square, robots allow employees to move around the office even while they’re still at their desks.
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4) AOL
At AOL’s office in Dulles, Virginia, the brightly-colored furniture also fits into the walls, creating even more floor space.
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5) Citrix
At Citrix’s Santa Clara, California office, this “server room” is actually a place for designers to take a quiet break in soothing light.
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6) Heineken
At Heineken’s US office it’s not just 5 o’clock somewhere–it’s 5 o’clock here. This full-service, in-office bar allows employees to have a cold one at work.
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7) Red Frog Events
Chicago-based Red Frog Events’ office features this outdoor-themed meeting space, complete with mini-camper and rocking chairs.
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8) Red Ventures
Nope–that’s not a resort, it’s the office campus at Red Ventures. In addition to the fire bits the space also features bocce ball courts and a putting green.
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9) Pixar
This giant desk lamp outside the company’s headquarters not only evokes Pixar’s beloved films–it lights up at night!
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10) Riot Games
Whenever employees at Los Angeles-based Riot Games need a quick break, they’re free to game away.
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source: forbes

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