The New Outspoken Media Office

by on 12/02/2011 • 55 Comments | Announcements

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. :) ]

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Lisa Barone

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

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55 thoughts on “The New Outspoken Media Office

    • 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.

    • 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.

  1. 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. ;-)

  2. 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

  3. 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!

  4. 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

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. Brilliant.

    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.

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