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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…

Nextbit Robin Goes Up for Pre-Orders in Several Regions Including India

The "cloud-first" smartphone Nextbit Robin is now available for pre-order in many regions including India. The handset, which starts at $399 (roughly Rs. 26,000), will cost you another $70 (roughly Rs. 4,600) to get it shipped to India.
Nextbit, a startup that boasts of veterans from AppleGoogle, and HTC on its team, has given the Robin top-of-the-line hardware specifications, and addresses the limited storage issue in smartphones with a cloud-based storage solution. It automatically backs up photos and other data that you haven't used recently to the cloud to free up space on your device.
The company had put the smartphone up on Kickstarter for financial support, where it received an overwhelming response. For the $500,000 (roughly Rs. 3.26 crores) goal the company had set, it received $1,362,344 (roughly Rs. 8.9 crores) in funding.
The Nexbit Robin comes with a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080x1920 pixels) display which is embedded in a funky plastic body. It is powered by Qualcomm's hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of inbuilt storage that can't be expanded using a microSD card. The device also comes with a fingerprint sensor.
Other features of the Nextbit Robin include a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, a 2680mAh battery, and a USB Type-C charging port. The single-SIM capable device supports LTE, 3G, Wi-Fi and other connectivity options. On the software side, the device will ship with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The company noted that the Robin is completely carrier unlocked. The bootloader of the device is unlocked too, which essentially means that one could flash their own favoured custom Android ROMs on the handset. The handset comes in two colour variants: Mint, and Midnight.

Smarter specs.

Robin runs on a premium Qualcomm® Snapdragon™808 processor. Its battery is engineered for efficiency to get you through the day, and its camera is optimized for taking incredible photos and videos.
Display
  • 5.2” IPS LCD 1080p, Gorilla Glass 4
Battery
  • 2680 mAh
Camera
  • 13MP rear–facing with phase detection autofocus, dual tone flash
  • 5MP front–facing
Processor
  • CPU: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 808
  • Memory: 3GB RAM / 32 GB onboard / 100 GB online
Additional Specs
  • Dual front facing stereo speakers
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • NFC
  • Quick charging
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • GPS enabled
  • WiFi A/B/G/N/AC

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