I hope I’ll be able to upload the past 7 days of updates here in Rabat but it seems Internet is also not so super fast in this hotel. A coworking space will (again) be my savior, probably.

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This was day 21 of 120, I’m validating my 👷‍♂️ startup studiolist.io within 4 months while traveling and working (day job, voiceover). If there’s no market validation until Jun 1, 2019 the startup 🧟‍♂️ dies.

After lunch and the walking tour (I actually overate with salad niçoise and tacos with fries plus an avocado juice, so I felt slightly „food-sick“), I had a good 3-hour nap followed by close to two-hour cold-calling and contacting session. Did someone say call center? :P

The rest of the evening was dedicate to the day job and writing these lines!

In Rabat, I walked through the medina to my hotel (Hotel des Oudaias), one of the fancy ones with a stunning view towards the ocean. I also took some time for extended lunch and a little bit of a walk through the Kasbah, which is an old castle-like building and place. Inside the Kasbah area it was commercial and artsy at the same time. Nice atmosphere. The blue-white houses gave me a little bit of a feeling of Chefchaouen where I had been three years ago. I’m a fan of Chefchaouen!

Smart, young, wanting to learn, doing business while studying and a good English speaker and listener. Made my day this young blood :)

Zirari also impressed by being on time (even early, like a German). He took it very seriously which again made a big impression on me. This guy save the reputation I had of Moroccans for being late.

Travel day: from Casablanca to Rabat. Before I took the train from Casa Port I had a friendly meeting with 20-year old Zirari who is one third business manager, one third student (studying audio-visual production) and one third artist (singer and audio engineer). Impressive guy and someone who knows about lots of stuff like a generalist. With Mohamed and his friends he’s working together on M Power Records (which is part of L’K Wan - that is their umbrella term for everything they’re doing).

This was day 20 of 120, I’m validating my 👷‍♂️ startup studiolist.io within 4 months while traveling and working (day job, voiceover). If there’s no market validation until Jun 1, 2019 the startup 🧟‍♂️ dies.

All that doesn’t sound like a lot but I do feel accomplished and I also feel like getting more rest. My back is again in „grandpa mode“ and I should sleep to make it through the next tough days: 3 days in Rabat, departure from Casa to Lisbon, then 3 nights in Lisbon, 4 nights in Madrid and 5 nights in Barcelona followed by 4 nights in Toulouse.

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…Oh, and I also pre-bookmarked all studios I could find in Lisbon, Madrid, Barcelona and Toulouse - and in other Spanish cities but for this trip I won’t be covering them.

…I’ll call more studios in Rabatt tomorrow morning before my scheduled meeting with another studio owner.

After that I worked on the website (studiolist.io), added those Moroccan studies that agreed on being listed there already and I made the next important bookings (bus trips and accommodation for Portugal and Spain, basically Lisbon-Madrid-Barcelona from Feb 24 to Mar 7)…

Day 20/120 RAW Update - English and Deutsch - of . Photos and videos at the end 👉 Fotos und Videos am Ende 👉

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It’s my last full day here in Casablanca. I spent my time sleeping long so I can recover even more. After I did the day job for a few hours, then did organizational stuff, had breakfast/lunch and contacted more studios, also those in Rabat…

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This was day 19 of 120, I’m validating my 👷‍♂️ startup studiolist.io within 4 months while traveling and working (day job, voiceover). If there’s no market validation until Jun 1, 2019 the startup 🧟‍♂️ dies.

What I’m struggling with is faux-nice treatment. So, overall it was a good experience in the restaurant but I would have liked more straightforward way of communication. But that’s just me, and I’m maybe weird.

I finished the day with a visit at my local mini supermarché. It’s just next door from the hotel and I can buy water, orange juice and snacks there. And one guy speaks English as well. He wants to open his own little shop so he can travel Germany and Europe. I wish him success…

Later, in the restaurant, the food (tajine in almond) was very good - the fat played its part. But I was like the uninvited participant because I had no reservation and they gave me a seat anyway. That was good, I thought, in the first place but later I got the impression that they wanted me out as soon as possible. Then my conclusion is: Don’t give me a seat and have me as a guest. Instead, tell me I need a reservation in order to eat. I can handle direct speech…

…And if every studio was doing that well there would be no need for studiolist but I’ll see.

At my hotel (Point Du Jour), I had another good conversation with Jalal. He helped finding the restaurant where I ate and gave me a tip for going to Rabatt. Actually, every 30 minutes a train goes from Casablanca to Rabatt. The price is 45 Dirham.

The meeting at the studio Plug-in, not far from the DBF Studios, was good. Thomas was very friendly and kind. It was a good combination although they have no immediate need for studiolist.io since they’re busy with a lot of work and currently expanding. Having to deal with another construction site like the partnership with studiolist would be plus de travel and plus de stress for them. I understand and I’m happy that they’re doing good…

Essentially not a super fruitful day but at least I had one more meeting at a studio, did the day job and slept so I felt partly recovered. I know I could’ve done more and take advantage of the situation that I’m in Morocco but I need to tackle my health as a priority because I want to feel better again and start the morning again with coughing and a headache.

This was day 18 of 120, I’m validating my 👷‍♂️ startup studiolist.io within 4 months while traveling and working (day job, voiceover). If there’s no market validation until Jun 1, the startup 🧟‍♂️ dies.

An interesting day, a full day and also a fulfilling day. I sometimes feel a bit lonely/socially isolated though I’m meeting people. Maybe that’s the game that I’m playing or the price that I’m paying as a . If I hire my first employee (with whatever venture, it doesn’t have to be studiolist.io), I’ll be super happy. I know I want a team/workforce that is as crazy as I am!

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