Dallas Startup Week: Common Desk’s Not Your Everyday Office

Common Desk


The hustle of life for a startup in a sprawling area such as Dallas-Fort Worth can be intimidating, but that’s where places like Common Desk can step in and help.

Common Desk is a vibrant community of smiling faces and genuine personalities in a soothing, relaxed environment that can be much needed for those resisting a stuffy office, but still driven to get work done.


Matt Taylor, a web developer and veteran of Dallas Startup Week, was among the small gathering of individuals working away at Common Desk. An employee of thyssenkrupp Elevator, Taylor is no stranger to innovative operating spaces.

“I’m working with the Health Track for Startup Week this year, so a lot of my time has been spent organizing rather than getting to jump in,” Taylor said. “I got a lot of work done yesterday, and decided to come back. The breakfast tacos are pretty great, too.”

Located for the duration of Dallas Startup Week at the 1700 Pacific building, the area’s vibe is a peculiar mix of both deep concentration and relaxed networking. No one here seemed to have an agenda, just a collective dedication to achievement.

“We wanted it to be a clear picture of what a co-working space should be. Less chaotic than people might be used to.” – Megan Key Donahue, of Common Desk

The friendly atmosphere was apparent from the start. Both the nuance of calming music and aroma of bold coffee make it enticing. It’s hard to imagine a better working space.

“It’s been a bit slow today because of the rain, but yesterday we were literally bursting at the seams,” Common Desk Marketing Coordinator Megan Kay Donahoe said early in the week.

“We wanted it to be a clear picture of what a co-working space should be. Less chaotic than people might be used to,” she said.


Another frequent user of Common Desk, Tara Williams, acknowledged the stark contrasts between co-working spaces and many cutthroat business environments.

A former corporate worker, Williams said she believes the tranquil and open space, where ideas are free to flow and the atmosphere is more upbeat, allows her to get more work done.

“I just had to break out of the four walls,” Williams said.

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