The New Outspoken Media Office

It was August 2010 when Rhea and I picked up our laptops and moved into a shared office space environment located in downtown Troy, NY. Having started Outspoken Media, quite literally, in a basement we knew this was a big step. It was a sign to us that we were doing this and that, perhaps, we had “made it” in terms of becoming a real business.  Outspoken Media now had an office address. Even more impressive to us (and maybe our families) – it was an address neither of us lived at.

On November 14, 2011 Outspoken Media took another big step when we moved out of that shared working environment and into a new space of our own.  Space that we had built to our own specifications and our desires, and which now houses our team of Outspoken Media employees.

The new Outspoken Media office gives us more than 2,700 square feet of working space in Troy’s Atrium. It’s allowed us to stay in downtown Troy near all of the businesses, people and coffee houses that we love. And, most important to me and Rhea, it’s given our team the environment that they deserve. Because it’s no longer just me and Rhea with individual laptops.  There’s a real team here now. And that team just got its first permanent home. One that is finally worthy of them and everything they bring.

When we were designing the new Outspoken Media office, Rhea and I were agreed on much of what we wanted. We knew that we wanted a functional open working environment so Danika, Joe and employees you haven’t met yet could talk out problems and methods when they came across them. And that meant doing things like knocking down walls, remodeling kitchens, and demolishing structures we had no use for.

It meant getting new carpet, deciding on some awesome colors, and watching Rhea obsessively run over to the new space daily to check and report back on its progress.

For our team, it also meant new workstations for everyone, a built-in magnetic whiteboard for brainstorming sessions, five private meeting rooms located in the back, and more room for impromptu dance parties, games of catch, and other things we couldn’t provide them when we shared office space.

For me and Michelle, it also meant private offices (with doors!) for each of us so that we could write without wanting to Strangle. Everyone. And I must say, today we’re settling into our new digs just fine.

We’re excited about our new office and even more excited about what it will allow us to do – helping us to better service both clients and, just as important, the team that Rhea and I couldn’t feel luckier to have.

Welcome home, Outspoken Media.

[Keep an eye out for several announcement posts coming from us over the next couple weeks/month. A new office isn’t the only thing we’ve got going on. Not by a long shot. :) ]

About the Author
Lisa Barone
Lisa Barone co-founded Outspoken Media in 2009 and served as Chief Branding Officer until April 2012.

Your Comments

  • Andy Beal

    Awesome office! Congrats to all of you. Your hard work is paying off. Enjoy the office!

    • Lisa Barone

      Thanks, Andy. We definitely have been.

  • Dana DiTomaso

    Congratulations! The new space looks great, love the orange walls.

    • Lisa Barone

      Thanks, we doo toooo! :)

  • Chris Winfield

    Looks awesome – congrats all!

    • Lisa Barone

      Thanks a lot, Chris.

  • Kristin

    Congrats on the new office space!

    • Lisa Barone

      Thanks! Sharing space worked for awhile, but it’s great to be in our own digs and to have had the opportunity to really build a space that works for us. We’re excited.

  • Kate Vasilakos

    Congratulations, guys! The space looks amazing!!!

    • Lisa Barone

      Thanks, Kate. NOW COME VISIT! :D

  • Daniel Dessinger

    I LOVE built-in whiteboards. In fact, I wish every room came with a built-in whiteboard. For now, I’ll settle for mine on rollers.

    • Lisa Barone

      I won’t lie, that was all Rhea. She’s been really killer with all her ideas for how we can liven this place up and make it both more functional and more awesome. It was a great addition.

  • andrea “gareth jax” scarpetta

    The colors !!! Oh my gof, that’s definitely an amazing place to be :) Should i pass by Troy in my travels, i will definitely pay a visit :)

    • Lisa Barone

      We’ll hold you to that. ;)

  • Simon Heseltine

    Congrats, you’ve done really well :)

    • Lisa Barone

      Thanks, Simon. :)

  • Lara Kulpa

    SO. PROUD!

    You all deserve this soooo much! Congratulations! :D

    • Lisa Barone

      You have to come visit us. :)

  • Greg Finn

    Whoa, looks super fun (and efficient). Congrats ladies!

  • Daron Babin

    Congrats ladies. This is truly wonderful to see. Art in motion.
    Hope you enjoy the new digs. Great idea Rhea…we can’t live without whiteboards around our studios. Keeps the juices flowing. ;-)

    • Rhea Drysdale

      Thanks! Pain in the butt to paint, but definitely worth it! The magnetic base isn’t as strong as I’d like, so eventually a phase two with exposed magnetic design, but for now we’re just happy to be in here.

      • Lisa Barone

        What Rhea meant to say was, “Yes, it was a great idea. Thank you. I am super smart and created something that is fantastic for the employees”.

        • Rhea Drysdale

          I CAN MAKE IT BETTER!!! Thanks for interpreting. ;)

  • John Jordan

    Wow, what a difference since the last time I saw it. Can’t wait to see it in person this weekend

  • Jon Henshaw

    Congrats! It’s always exciting to not only move into a new place, but to also help design the interior :)

  • Jake Matthews

    CONGRATS to you guys – that’s super, super cool and a big achievement!

  • Robert Brady

    What is the treatment for office jealousy? Dang!

  • Elmer Boutin

    Well done! Congrats to everyone and I wish you great success in your new digs.

  • Rhea Drysdale

    OUR BABY!! :) My favorite part was how easy it was for Lisa and I to make decisions. Maybe we missed our calling as a powerhouse interior design duo. You know, for people who like purple and orange. :D

  • Richard Glaser

    Looks awesome! Keepin’ Troy on the map! :-P

  • Braden Russom

    I vouch for its real-life awesomeness. such a cool space.

  • Unmana

    Ooh, lovely! Can I come work for you? ;)

  • Alex Vasilakos

    Congratulations! The space looks awesome! Looking forward to seeing it in person! Keep up the hard work!

  • Rob J

    Congratulations! I know what it is to yearn for a door to close so that I can write without wanting to strangle.


  • Damien Wright

    Looks Great! I may have to use that whiteboard idea when we’re ready to renovate. Best of luck moving forward.

  • Virginia

    Impromptu dance parties?! Delicious color scheme. Congrats on the new digs!

  • Jen Sable Lopez

    Wow! Congrats on the new office space! You guys did a great job putting it all together. :) So glad to see you needing to move into a bigger space as well! *hugs* to all!

  • Adam Sherk

    Wow, looks great and it’s an impressive transformation.

    Enjoy your new space!

  • Etela

    Wow, this looks great Lisa and Rhea! You must be so excited. I can’t wait to see it in person at your holiday party!

  • Todd Mintz

    Congrats! BTW, you might want to lose the fluorescent lights…your eyes will thank you :.)

  • Wasim Ismail

    Woohoo, Congrats, looks great

  • Carla Marshall

    Love it, love it, love it!

  • Jared Byer

    Very nice. Congratulations!

  • Christina Gleason @ Phenomenal Content

    It’s. So. Pretty.

  • Alan Bleiweiss

    OMG Love the colors you chose for the walls! Congrats on the move Lisa – you deserve all the great things happening for the company.

    And did I mention I love the colors? OMG serious. #Hot

  • Ricardo Bueno

    Congratulations on the new office digs! Very exciting I’m sure, and I love the orange!

  • Pam

    Great pix! Great space! You so deserve it. When i was in the Atrium last week, I went upstairs and walked all over trying to find it.
    I asked people where the place with purple walls was. I didn’t find it.
    When I go the Farmer’s Market next week, i will look again. (I can’t go tomorow because I am running in the Jingle Bell Run for arthritis.)
    But it looks AMAZING!

  • Bobby Kircher

    Congrats on the move. And I second Alan thoughts that the colors are teh awesome.

  • Devon Gilchrist

    Awesome you guys. Congratulations. LOVE the orange!

  • Krunal Soni

    Congratulations, Your office space looks wonderful its truly functional open working environment.

  • Arsen Rabinovich


    Nice creative space!

    We’ve been in our new location for almost a year and sill have white walls =(

  • Brian Harnish

    The office is outstandingly awesome. Love the colors!!! Well done ladies. Well done.

  • Ersan Saribal

    Congrats, guys. Great job on providing a quality service. Always feels good to expand.

  • Matthew Egan

    Hey I love it! You inspired us, we posted a new blog with images from our new digs. I have to say, our space is a bit geekier than yours is. What gives?!

    No Demotivational Posters?! No LoLCats Wall Art?!

    Seriously though, it looks great, congratulations on making the leap to the bigger space, and it’s very exciting that you were able to stay downtown too!

  • Nick Gowdy


    I just moved to a new office wing (same building), as well, with fancy newly-painted walls – blue, green, and orange. Sadly, we have no purple walls… yet.