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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    Simple, responsive, one-page sites for pretty much anything.

    Louis de Vaumas
    Louis de VaumasAutomation specialist · 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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    Sam Rye
    Sam RyePractitioner of Social & Enviro Regen · Written
    Really solid quick site creator at a reasonable price point ($19/year)
    Ryan Troll
    Ryan TrollFounder & CEO at Theory HQ · 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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    The Side Project Scoring Tool

    A system to help creative people pick the right idea

    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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    Bringing social accountability to work 🙊

    Interesting and important idea - build publicly and have someone to hold you accountable
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    The world’s first user flow diagramming tool for designers

    Look like a simple way to understand user flow on your app or website.
  5. 8

    All-in-one web design platform

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    Ship by Product Hunt

    A toolkit for makers to ship awesome products ⛵

    Sam Rye
    Sam RyePractitioner of Social & Enviro Regen · Written
    Product Hunt released Ship for this exact use case too..
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    Scaling Lean

    Mastering the key metrics for startup growth

    This provides a way to learn about validating an idea, and running experiments.
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    Product Design Weekly

    Digital product design newsletter

    Kunal Bhatia
    Kunal Bhatiadesign @mercury · 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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    Bubble 2.0

    Build and host web applications without having to write code

    ErlichProprietor, Pied Piper · Written
    Game over. Try it. You won't regret it.
    Sam Rye
    Sam RyePractitioner of Social & Enviro Regen · Written
    If you want to start playing with prototypes, I'd suggest having a look at Bubble for web apps.
    Jim Canto
    Jim CantoFounder of Tonic Ventures · Written
    There is very little you can't do with Bubble. And last I checked, it is more affordable than Webflow.
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    Freshping by Freshworks

    Free forever website monitoring & status pages 🤩

    Sam Rye
    Sam RyePractitioner of Social & Enviro Regen · Written
    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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    Sell anything directly to anyone.

    Lisa Dziuba
    Lisa DziubaMaker & PMM. Built & Sold my startup 🦄 · 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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    Airtable Interface Designer

    Create custom interfaces to fit your team's specific needs

    Sam Rye
    Sam RyePractitioner of Social & Enviro Regen · Written
    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.
    Evan Petrack
    Evan PetrackInformation migration and management · 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.
    I love Airtable. I use it to track/hold everything from press coverage to events.
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    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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    Google Meet Hardware Series One

    Google hardware for meeting rooms

    Think with Google gives us many tools to test your ideas
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    Tars PPC Chatbots

    Your pay-per-click static landing page stands no chance

    Ish Jindal
    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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    Notebook for Mac

    The beautifully simple note-taking app from Zoho. Now on Mac

    Anish Mathew
    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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    Product Hunt

    Discover and geek out about cool new products

    nurulaFounder, Maker · Written
    its free and huge of audiences
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    This looks like an awesome 6 day process. And they planning to stream the event.
    Looks like a good opportunity to get something done in six days. And the creators will stream the event.
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    Scaling Lean

    Mastering the key metrics for startup growth

    Sam Rye
    Sam RyePractitioner of Social & Enviro Regen · Written
    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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    The notes app for creative work

    Sam Rye
    Sam RyePractitioner of Social & Enviro Regen · Written
    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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