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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…

Mark Zuckerberg says India is Facebook’s most important market at his maiden townhall in India


Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg began his Townhall Q&A at IIT Delhi at Dogra Hall, which has a capacity of 1, 100 people.

Zuckerberg has posted a live streaming video where you can see the entire session.

He had invited questions on his FB page and is also answering questions in person.

Zuckerberg said he is quite excited to be in India and very is awesome.

Answering a question on why he was interested in India, he said "India is world's largest democracy. More than 130 million people in India use Facebook and we take our responsibility to serve people in India who are already using Facebook. We are here to hear out people on various aspects. So we want to improve community."

"Secondly, people don't have access to internet in India. This is one of the biggest opportunity to help develop economy, alleviate poverty and lift up folks. I think connecting people in India is something we can do for people of the whole world," said Zuckerberg.
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Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook supports net neutrality in India a 100%

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg who is conducting Townhall Q&A at IIT Delhi also answered queries on Internet.org, which is criticised in India over speculations that it violated the idea of net neutrality.

Zuckerberg said internet.org supports net neutrality totally as it is an important principle.

"We are pushing for regulations that enable this and we can build a platform that any developer can have access to," he said.

Facebook founder also said that it is kind of impossible to provide whole of internet for free.

"We have figured out a developer which can provide basic services for free without any rich videos and other features. It is important to have regulations for companies from doing things that hurt people," he said.

"In terms of open platform, some suggest it won't be open enough. In terms of regulation, in India and around the world are trying to figure out what the regulations should be," said Zuckerberg.

He pointed out the difference between zero ratings and net neutrality.

The EU just released rules that are very different and also separate for zero ratings and net neutrality, he said.

"Most people who are pushing for net neutrality already have access to the internet. We have a responsibility for those who do not have internet access," he said.

Zuckerberg said that the second biggest community is in India and they want the next billion to come online.

"There are three things which are really important for internet that are network, "affordability and awareness. We are working on all these three areas," he said.

FB founder said, "There are about 4 billion people in the world who do not have access to internet. They are robbed of opportunities that is why we care deeply about it."

He said 15 million has access to internet all thanks to internet.org.
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