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Workspaces Professional Meetings Mobile

Published 04/10/2012 and rated Ratingstars1 1 out of 5 stars
by Dorothy Distefano
What can you use the app for?

This app is primarily used to find office space for freelancers, entrepreneurs, small business, business people traveling to areas where they need a work space, and office workers. OpenDesks will locate a place that meets the individual needs of the user, including budget, with reliable internet and professional amenities.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

OpenDesks was founded in June of 2011 by Chris DiFonzo. In February 2012, they announced that they had reached 1,000 locations.

What are the differences to other apps?

The tone of the site is slightly less professional than other apps. While an occasional comic aside may be appropriate on an app, it feels unprofessional on this one. Users will want to know that professional people who understand the needs of a businessperson are handling their request. Needing a space for a meeting is no laughing matter. The light tone of this app may push users to look at other sites. The other issue is the lack of any definition of pricing at all. While it is hinted at on the form for what type of setting a user is requesting, no real price range is presented.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

To make a reservation, the user must provide the start date that the space is needed, the start time, number of participants, number of hours, equipment such as whiteboard, projector or A/V tools,type of space - professional business center (top tier), professional business center (nice, but budget conscious), business-class (professional space with best price), or coworking or creative space (open, creative environment). These spaces are listed from prices high to low, but no numbers are offered. Users should provide any discount codes and add any additional information that is necessary for OpenDesks to know when booking the space.

Users can also join OpenDesks for free to share a space. There is no information on how much revenue the sharing company will receive for providing office space.

The app is spare and plain. The tone of the content is flip and often joking. This seems unprofessional for a business catering to professionals.

How does the registration process work?

Registration requires first and last name, email, company, region, and location. A validation email is sent to confirm the user account.

What does it cost to use the application?

There is no published cost to use OpenDesks. Users register and provide the date, time, and further information about their needs. OpenDesks uses automated global communication and, when necessary, personal research to find a place and a quote for the user as soon as possible. The first booking of $100 or more has a 10% discount code listed on the site. It would be helpful to have some kind of range of pricing for the user as they seek spaces.

Who would you recommend the application to?

As it is now, with no real pricing information for those needing space, a no refund policy, and no indication of the revenue a business will generate from sharing space, combined with the unprofessional tone of the site, this application is not recommended.

  • Locates and provides business spaces as needed
  • Manages reservations and cancellations
  • Provides quotes depending on individual needs
  • Allows users who share space to create revenue
  • Assists mobile workforce to find the best spaces to work or conduct business

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