02 Oct Open Coworking Hits North Dallas
Dallas Fort Work offers low-cost coworking space.
Located just north of 635, Dallas Fort Work offers 3 tiers of all-inclusive memberships starting at $61 per month as well as an $11 day pass. At 2500 square feet, there are 3 private offices, a “hacking space”, and open coworking desks as well as plans for dedicated desks in the near future.
Started by 2013 Tech-wildcatter graduate Oren Salomon last December, Fort Work currently hosts a tight-knit community of 9 active members with room to exponentially grow. Built with the intent to “work for yourself, together”, Fort Work’s members include a variety of freelancers and early-stage start-ups.
“We’re definitely open to anyone who wants to come in,” said Salomon. “We don’t target any specific demographic or work vertical. We really just set up here so anyone who wants to get work done can get out of the house or out of a café and just come here and do work.”
Stemming from his need for a place to work from while travelling, Oren discovered the concept of coworking, finding he wanted to start his own venture. Keeping the location in mind, he struck a deal for the prototype space, enabling the low cost memberships as well as accessibility for outside entrepreneurs making a start-up within Dallas.
“[Fort Work] is definitely geared toward entrepreneurs: specifically boot-strapping entrepreneurs. Our rates are lower and we’re located in a rent-friendly area,” said Oren. “If you’re an entrepreneur, your goal is to get your burn-rate as low as possible: to spend as little as money as you can just to survive. That’s your cost when you’re an early stage start-up.”
In addition to running Dallas Fort Work, Oren is currently working on his own project to map every existing coworking space in the world as an international collaborate data base. The launch of the Dallas map is anticipated for this month.
Fort Work is currently offering extra cubicles up for sale to free up more space for meet-ups, as well as the invitation to set up meetings within the space.
Previously hosting a non-profit workshop to up-cycle discarded computer parts to build new machines, “Jerry,” a by-product of this workshop currently sits as Fort Work’s greeter. The non-profit benefits places outside of the US where accessibility to computers is too expensive, such as Africa.
To find out more about becoming a member or visiting Dallas Fort Work, visit www.dallasfortwork.com.