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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…

Entrepreneurship: It All Starts With Having A Big Bream

Kirthiga joined Facebook as its first employee in India. Earlier in February, Kirthiga said that she was stepping down from her post and returning to the social networking site’s headquarters in California “to explore new opportunities.”
Understanding about Indian women in technology space
Since I have been in India, if you look at the statistics, there has been an increase in the number of women in technology at the entry level. However, as you start looking at the top level, the metrics haven’t changed that much. We would love to get into an equal world where we have a 50-50 representation.
If you look at entrepreneurs, only 10 percent of them are women. That is again a statistic that needs to be improved. We have a long way to go and definitely events like today play a big role and act as a vital catalyst to make that shift happen.
Taking the stairs to success
She should dream big – research has shown that there is a leadership ambition gap between men and women. McKinsey study surveyed about 4000 people and it showed that while 36 percent of men aspire to C level roles, only 18 percent of women aspire to C level roles. Women should first learn to dream big because it all starts with having a big dream.
Learn to lean into opportunities.There was another study which showed that when men looked at a particular job description, if they met 50 percent of the requisites, they would think they are perfect for the role. Whereas for a woman, well take a guess! They wanted to have a 100 percent match before they were convinced that they were right for the role. So, someone needs to raise her hands for opportunities.
We have this saying at Facebook that future belongs to a handful who are still willing to get their hands dirty. There is no substitute for hard work. One needs to go out there, have a big goal, lean into opportunities and do what it takes to make it big.
Facebook observes a very strong representation of men and women on the platform. We see that equality not only in the metros, but also across tier two and tier three cities in India. In general our advice to everyone has always been to make maximum use of the security features. I would say that at Facebook, we have seen both men and women use the platform to its maximum potential.

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