What are the methods that you or someone else have used to validate a business idea?

Currently, the only way I know how is to go out and sell the product before making it.

However, that's not a very scalable or unbiased way of validating a business idea. Are there any less biased or more data driven ways. OR, perhaps you know a super biased and unscalable way that just seems to always work. Please share some of these methods here!

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What advice would you give someone who is considering working at a start up? What questions should a potential employee ask before signing on?

I am not sure if this is the correct place to ask these questions, but I have been working at a large corporation for most of my career. I was recently introduced to a person who is running a startup, and we set up a time next week to discuss an opportunity there. What questions would you want answers to if you were considering such a dramatic career change?

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What’s your best advice for someone who has just started his new startup, no matter in what industry they are in???

Hey Entrepreneurs, I'm a Podcaster. I'm looking for other Entrepreneurs who can come on my Show to Promote their Business and Help others to grow their business. But right now I'm not in a Position of Making any Arrangements and doing Meetings and Podcasts Online.

So I had a Unique Idea. Why don't you, Yes I'm talking to you. You send me a Personalized Message on what tips you would like to give to other Young And Aspiring Entrepreneurs on their startup journey. I just want you to record a Video Message, Send it to me on my Email (PM Me I'll send the email address) and Just Add your name and a Little Business Detail.

We can Connect Now and then when I get well and back in position to do Meetings with you, I'll bring you as a Guest on my Podcast.

If this sounds like a Great Idea to you, then let me know. You can PM me if you have any doubts or so.

And If you think what I said is irrelevant for this Subreddit, then I'm sorry, just let me know in the comments and I'll delete it.

Thanks For your time and consideration.


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Where to Find Someone to Build My Idea?

I have always been the “ideas” guy, but I finally have the idea that is viable and want to pursue. I have spent the last 3 months of my free time developing the business model for this app/website. The only thing is, I have no clue how to code or where to start on this.

I went to business school, and I unfortunately don’t have any connections in the software development world. I live in a mid-market city (Indianapolis), but there isn’t that big of a tech startup industry here. Any advice on where to go or start looking for this?

I would be looking for someone to be my co-founder, as they would be responsible for developing the product, while I handle the business aspect. Therefore, I probably won’t be interested in a quick freelancer as I’m more looking for a partner.

Has anyone else ran into this situation before?

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I am not good at making SOP and keep everyone on track for my Start-up, shall I hire a COO or have someone to keep everything run smoothly internally?

Hi all, currently my start-up is getting traction from the market but I am not good at making procedures and keep everyone on track.

I can either learn to improve my management skills or hire someone to structure the team better, and get everyone on their works (internally)

In case you have been to a similar situation, what did you choose and how did things turn out to be? I would love to hear your experiences and thanks for helping me out 🙂

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Want to startup a business with someone else but don’t know why I can bring to the table?

I have a decent business idea for an SaaS but will need help making it. To reduce costs, I’d want to divide equity between myself and developers as i may not have significant funds to accomplish this project and I also don’t have the skills to code the software itself.

I have the idea, good amount of business knowledge and some HTML (I know it’s nothing big) knowledge. I feel that I’ll be of little help when working on the project? Do I have the developer more equity if they have more skills and programming input than me? I don’t know what I can bring to the table essentially…

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Can someone help me identify the hidden cost I may encounter when building my tech startup?

Hey all, I am in the planning phase of designing a social media site. I've got a fairly comprehensive wire-frame built, along with the current DB design. Here is an idea what i'm working with. Its not really meant to be read, just showing the complexity so far and that I'm not just a guy with an idea… I actually have a plan.

EDIT: I have bolded what I am after in this post as many of the answers so far have missed the point of this post. I am trying to prepare the expense portion of my business plan and, secondarily, identify tech needs so I can hire appropriately. I appreciate the responses, but they are not answering the question. The rest of the content is to explain where I am at, and my requirements so you can help me figure out what I may need. I would most specifically be helped with TECH PEOPLE who have experience with cloud services that can help me understand the differences, or Tech Startups who have built successful apps that can help me identify hidden expenses I may not have thought of.



Anyway, I think I'm good at the planning and showcasing what I need to build, but I don't yet have the knowledge to actually build it. I'm doing as much as I can myself, but I will probably have to try and hire someone at some point. I've also created what I believe would be a realistic expected revenue, but I'm not really sure what all I would have to expect as far as Expenses. Which is what I would like you guys for, if you don't mind.

I am thinking of hosting on a cloud platform, at least to start out. I've been eyeing google cloud services, mostly because it is cheaper in the long run. I also have not been that impressed with some of Amazons other applications, so I'm not fully confident AWS will be much different. But I do know that AWS has more options and more people using it, though likely only because they were first to the ball game. But my problem is, I don't really understand what most of those options are, and if I need them or how to properly estimate how much I may be spending with those options.

So If you all have experience in this area, if you could ask me the questions I don't know to ask to help make my choice and determine the cost, it would be helpful. Here is what I can provide as far as my requirements.

  1. Being that this is a social media site, I will have a lot of dynamic content mostly created by users.
  2. My application will have a lot of content linking to sources outside of my site as it is partly an aggregate site, but I will also host content such as user generated articles, images, videos, and audio (podcast for example).
  3. I will need good caching capabilities. — I know that these services charge by the hour or minute or second, but I'm not entirely sure how that plays out. if my site becomes active, I don't see my database ever not having DB queries running. in other words, it will be open 24/7. so are these per second/minute/hour charges maxed at 24 hrs a day or is it multiplied by each user making a connection? If each user, how do I estimate potential usage for 1 user vs 1 million or more. Caching I know will help reduce this, but to what extent? i don't suspect commenting or messaging would benefit much from caching.
  4. I've been looking at graph databases in addition to MYSQL to handle the complex friend of friend type connections, or to ID users that may be interested in something based on shared traits with other users. So I believe a Big Data and or machine learning requirement would be needed for this?
  5. I need to be able to scale as the site grows, with partitioned servers and whatever else is needed to make that happen.
  6. I don't know if I will reach this number or how long it will take, but using other smaller social media sites (LinkedIn, Reddit, Pinterest) as an example, I'm planning for eventually reaching the 100+ million active user mark.

Like I said, I'm really at a beginner level with the programming aspect, but currently I am trying to build with PHP 7. and the Laravel 7 framework, using MySQL. I've read once that PostgreSQL may be better for partitioning, but I don't really know much about that. At this point, I'm just trying to understand Laravel's Eloquent ORM and I figure if i can get that right, it will be able to switch over to Postgres if i need it as Laravel supports both.

I know some of these things I can address later as I need them, but I also think if i can plan for it ahead of time, it would save me having to redo it later on. But regardless, I still don't know how to go about pricing these things other than development cost. I'm limited in money, so I'm doing as much as I can myself, but if I can secure funding, I need to know how much to ask for so I don't go broke before I even get started.

Any help and guidance would be appreciated. Thanks

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