2009 Session:

Session Description – Introducing Coworking

Coworking is an emerging trend for a new pattern for working. Typically work-at-home professionals or independent contractors or people who travel frequently end up working in relative isolation. Coworking is the social gathering of a group of people, who are still working independently, but who share values and who are interested in the synergy that can happen from working with talented people in the same space.

Coworking is appealing to telecommuters, entrepreneurs, freelancers, and independent workers who are tired of the isolation of working at home and the commotion of working from a coffee shop. It may also be appealing to corporations looking to save money on overhead by allowing their workers to telecommute from coworking spaces.

About the Speaker

Dusty Reagan

Conjunctured, Co-Founder

Dusty Reagan is an entrepreneur, humanist, self-proclaimed “geek”, and lover of computers. He strives to add value to his community and is a proponent of the arts and local small businesses. His deepest desire is to make a substantial positive impact on society.

Born and raised in Cleburne, Texas, Dusty was resourceful and had a natural affinity for computers. Through high school, Dusty used his computer skills as a freelancer, providing design and technical support for local businesses. During his junior and senior years of high school Dusty fought a life-or-death battle against Ulcerative Colitis. Always the optimist, Dusty was thankful for the character he developed through his battle and for the insights he gained on life.

Dusty received a bachelor of science in computer science with a minor in business from Texas A&M University in 2003. After graduating, Dusty moved to Austin, where he briefly freelanced as a web developer before landing a full-time programmer position at Direct Impact, an Austin-based direct marketing agency. In early 2007, Dusty left his full-time position to create Floating Head Studios, a web application company. Also in 2007, Dusty married his then fiancée of 9 months, girlfriend of 4 years, Sharlee LaLime. Shortly afterwards, Dusty founded the Austin spinoff of “Jelly,” a community of freelancers and telecommuters who desire to work around other like-minded individuals.

Passionate about turning the typical business model on its head, Dusty is currently collaborating on the development of the co-company & coworking space Conjunctured, a member-based community of entrepreneurs and freelancers who work together under a common brand while maintaining their autonomy.

You can find Dusty at Conjunctured or any of the weekly Austin Jelly meetups.