What can I use to rapidly test my ideas?

Can I build a product in a week , weekend, day or even an hour? The question makes sense because it is always better to have something out in the wild and quickly. But, even though I know this: I struggle with moving from an idea to a product. Ideally, I would like to move really quickly through this process to test whether an idea matters or not. If you have any suggestions as to what apps, products, books, etc may assist in rapidly testing ideas I would be most appreciative. I am also answering this question below. (Update - 23 October 2017. Thanks. Keep the recommendations coming. I think I am going to try as many as I can over the next few weeks - will post updates below).
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    Carrd

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    Louis de Vaumas3Co-founder @ Ubicar.fr · Written
    I’ve just built a product in 3 days using just Carrd and Typeform. I didn’t realized the power if Carrd before!
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    Ryan TrollCofounder @ ProductMaven · Written
    Very awesome rapid testing solution IMO. We use Carrd at our agency to help our clients get their concepts out of their heads and into the wild, fast. We've since moved over to Carrd 100% for this stage of product concept validation. Can't wait to see this powerful app grow over time.
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    Really solid quick site creator at a reasonable price point ($19/year)
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    Ship Your Side Project

    Make enormous progress on your side project in just 6 weeks

    there is a very useful pdf which discusses some criteria to choose between projects. amazingly, it is pay what you want.
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    Cowrkr

    Bringing social accountability to work 🙊

    Interesting and important idea - build publicly and have someone to hold you accountable
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    Ship by Product Hunt

    A toolkit for makers to ship awesome products ⛵

    Product Hunt released Ship for this exact use case too..
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  5. This provides a way to learn about validating an idea, and running experiments.
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    Webflow CMS

    Build professional dynamic websites without any code

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    Gumroad

    Sell anything directly to anyone.

    Lisa DziubaSwift Learner & FlawlessApp.io Founder · Written
    You can set up a pre-payment with Gumroad, so you can check if someone ready to pay for your idea :)
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    Freshchat

    Modern messaging for sales, marketing & support

    One of the most important parts of developing new ideas is a direct communication line to your users. Intercom is popular but expensive - I'd look at Freshchat which has a free tier and is pretty solid.
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    Atomic.io 2.0

    Ultra fast, scalable and fully collaborative prototyping

    Kunal Bhatia46Co-founder & Design Lead @SlidesUp · Written
    I'm a big fan of prototyping my ideas and using design sprints to validate how useful they are to potential customers / users. This approach helps you de-risk your idea fast. My go-to tool right now is Atomic, but there are lots of tools that may fit your needs. With Atomic, I'm able to prototype many types of, and sometimes complex interactions with very little effort.
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    Airtable 2.0

    Beyond the spreadsheet

    I'd also suggest looking at Airtable if you want to look at prototyping something driven by a database, or a process which traditionally relies on spreadsheets.
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    Evan PetrackPeople Researcher; Loves GIS & Data · Written
    Second this recommendation of airtable - I'd personally suggest it above typeform for forms + capturing all that date into a usable, good-GUI database as opposed to Google sheets. Bring in the fact that airtable plays nice with IFTTT, then you've got some great automation capability ahead of you.
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    Firebase

    App success made simple by google

    saravananFounder of alertfor and taskbloom · Written
    end-to-end solution. developing first app is harder (~1 month), once got hands on experience, one can experiment any idea in a week.
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  12. Alonzo TangFounder at diggoods.com · Written
    Think with Google gives us many tools to test your ideas
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    Tars

    Make Chatbots to replace your regular old webforms

    Ish JindalFounder, Tars · Written
    Ish Jindal made this product
    You do two primary things to test out your new product idea - 1. Tell people what you intend to do 2. Collect inputs/suggestions/feedback frim prospective users/customers Tars helps you create automated chat interface to tell your product story and gather data from users. Check this quick thing I set up with Tars to test out a new idea - www.sengro.com
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    Bubble

    Build a fully functional web app without any code

    If you want to start playing with prototypes, I'd suggest having a look at Bubble for web apps.
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    ErlichProprietor, Pied Piper · Written
    Game over. Try it. You won't regret it.
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  15. This looks like an awesome 6 day process. And they planning to stream the event.
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    Looks like a good opportunity to get something done in six days. And the creators will stream the event.
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  16. Leanstack by @AshMaurya and team is a useful process & tool (the lean canvas backed by a web app to help you manage the lean startup process) and an educational series. I'd highly recommend taking a look.
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  17. Anish MathewCurious about Apps and Cars · Written
    If you are looking to solve problem with business processes through an app, Zoho Creator could be the best way to rapidly test and develop it.
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  18. Aurélien VasinisFounder & CEO - Brainsfeed | · Written
    I warmly recommend brainsfeed. The service helps entrepreneurs to collect valuable, reliable and insightful feedback quickly.
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  19. Customer Dev Labs is a really useful educational resource about the HOW of lean startup
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    Milanote

    The notes app for creative work

    You need somewhere to keep all the insights! So I'd heartily suggest Milanote as a home for all you research and concepts.
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