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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 things in tech you need to know today

1. Google could see even more investigations from Europe's antitrust regulators. Margrethe Vestager gave an interview in which she said that the EU is looking at a broad range of services from Google and parent company Alphabet.
2. Microsoft has opened a big flagship store in New York. This is what it's like inside.
3. Apple will announce its Q4 results tonight. Here's our big preview of what to expect.
4. JPMorgan Chase & Co said it will launch a competitor to Apple Pay. The largest US bank is launching software that will let customers pay for things using their smartphones, just like Apple Pay does.
5. Google is about to get a lot more serious about designing and potentially building chips. A job posting suggests that Google is expanding its hardware business.
6. The European Parliament will vote today on net neutrality rules. As well as rules on broadband speed, the proposals also include a plan to abolish mobile roaming charges.
7. Police in Northern Ireland arrested a 15-year-old boy on Monday over alleged involvement in the TalkTalk hack. TalkTalk shares fell 12% yesterday as the fallout from the hack continues.
8. Walmart wants to test drones for home delivery. It has applied for permission to test drones for home delivery, curbside pickups, and also for checking inventories in warehouses.
10. Facebook has updated the notifications on its mobile app to make it a hub of information. The tab now includes things like sports score, local events, and the weather.