But even if you're not Google, you can foster a certain vibe and inspire your team with a creative, well-designed space.And the good news is, it doesn't have to cost a fortune.Soon the company will have even more space to decorate — they're adding on another 15,000 square feet for designers and electrical engineers.Housed in Silicon Alley, Outbrain has an inspiring and creative, yet relaxed environment for its 115 employees.
After speaking with these companies, it's clear that the essentials for a startup office are: Writable walls, an open, lofty and well lit space, plush sofas for lounging, cleverly named meeting rooms, custom art, a homage to the city, DIY projects and of course, a kegerator. Quirky PR Head Tiffany Markofsky describes the space as a "modern-day invention factory — Willy Wonka meets the Jetsons," and that couldn't be more true.The crisp, white walls are peppered with bright colors, and cubicles rock a punchy cyan hue beneath brightly colored light fixtures.The centerpiece of the office is a colorful mural by Puerto Rican artist Sofia Maldonado, who's known for colorful, organic forms.Desks are made of bowling alley lanes, and a conference table is built upon pallets (in the appropriately named "Pallets" room)."We took these found objects and custom-made most of the furnishings," says Markofsky, adding that these DIY pieces are mixed with items from Moss and Restoration Hardware.
Each of the 131 employees works at a USM desk, while sitting in a Herman Miller Aeron chair.