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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…

Tech: Meet Jamboard, Google’s 4K whiteboard and competitor to Microsoft Surface Hub

Google has a new device on display, and its for collaborative office work – Jamboard. This cloud-connected digital whiteboard is capable of connecting with the G Suite apps for its enterprise customers. You can read all about the G Suite here.
The whiteboard has been designed by Google, which is a 55-inch 4K touchscreen display that runs Android. Google also adds a new app, and no brownie points for guessing the name of the app, whiteboarding. Recode says that the Jamboard will be available in grey and blue, but the company will be pushing for a ‘bold bright red’ variant.
The other highlights of the whiteboard are a built-in camera, speakers and capability to recognise up to 16 simultaneous touch inputs. The whiteboard can also recognise the difference between human finger touch and stylus input. It includes stylus that doesn’t require Bluetooth pairing or batteries.
Users can either mount it on a wall or even wheel it around. However, users will have to wait until next year to get their hands on the device, and the pricing will start ‘under Rs $6000, which translates to Rs 4,00,829.
The announcement comes just a day ahead of Microsoft’s event. Microsoft already offers a similar product called Surface Hub Display. The Surface Hub is available in 55-inch as well as 84-inch models, and the purpose remains the same – collaborative team work. Google’s this offering will directly compete with Surface Hub, which starts at $8999 for the 1080p 55-inch model.
Google is keen to partner with a broader range of G Suite customers for its Early Adopter Program, and those interested can register here.

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