Not sure about the implementation, but I like the idea. I'm working at a cafe right now with a good internet connection because my home connection has been down for the past two days -- go Verizon! If there were easily identifiable office space for daily rental, I'd probably have taken advantage.
As it stands, I'm not sure this service is useful. I wanted to check out the space available in Boston, but according to their FAQ:
For now, the only way to receive time credit in order to book desks in the Kodesk network is by sharing your own unoccupied office space. If you don't have any office space, or are not in a position to share any desk, you won't be able to use Kodesk for now. That is because, in the first phase of the Kodesk revolution, we want to encourage companies to share their unused desks and feel all the power of having their employees working from anywhere, and even more important, the power of welcoming new ideas, talents and opportunities into their walls.
If you need to offer space in order to use space, I don't understand who will use the site or power the "Kodesk revolution." If I were an employer with an office, I wouldn't care about "all the power of having their employees working from anywhere."
I think they're missing the point of AirBnB: you need to connect people who _need_ space with those who _have_ space. By limiting themselves to only one half of that equation, I don't know how they will expand.
What this needs is a clearer social/collaboration angle. This is blind speculation, but I feel like the *book and the internet have killed much of the reason for a traditional "desk" (paper, phone, and paraphernalia).
I don't need another transient place to put my laptop, and I imagine any serious business person/company has their workspace long figured out. What I could use, though, is a nice infrastructure for fluidly moving around and meeting people in an environment conducive to work.
I like it. It actually got me thinking, staring at their page, "Why don't I sign up, we have free office space in our office." But they need an option "I don't feel like thinking about this right now."
This is a really great idea! I could definitely see myself using this when traveling as hotels are not always the best place to work from. Great for startups too that only need office space occasionally.