News is bad for you – and giving up reading it will make you happier

But most of us do not yet understand that news is to the mind what sugar is to the body. …mathematicians, novelists, composers and entrepreneurs often produce their most creative works at a young age. Their brains enjoy a wide, uninhabited space that emboldens them to come up with and pursue novel ideas. Anything in […]

Mark Zuckerberg’s Hoodie

Hoods are cheap instant anonymizers. They protected graffiti artists and skateboarders as they trespassed to perform their art. They protected muggers as they performed their art too. I love the hoodie. I wear one to work at least twice a week. I don’t think of it as a rebellious symbol or a cloak, more of […]

What Vegas Teaches Us About Life

There are so many life lessons learned in coming to Vegas, some trite but too true to ignore. In no particular order: The best things in life are achieved through raw, hard work and love for what you do What goes up, must come down Losing sucks, always Fun is deceptive The Chinese takeover is […]

Waiting in line

We’ve all done it, skipped to the shorter line at the airport thinking the process will speed up only to see that the person who stepped in the longer line after us gets through security quicker. “Damn.”  The miscalculation only adds to the already incredible frustration of waiting in line. Lines are aggravating not only […]

Atatürk, father of Turkey

Atatürk did it all. From the 1920s – 1930s he gave birth to modern Turkey and transformed its alphabet, culture, education, economy, and its freedoms for women. There’s even a day to celebrate kids only, April 23, much like Father & Mother’s Day. Walking through Ataturk’s memorial, you get the sense that he played the […]

The history of Braille

There’s only one language for the blind. It’s called Braille. Before today, I knew nothing about the history of Braille: Braille has its roots in the French army. In the early eighteenth century, a soldier named Charles Barbier de la Serre invented a code for military messages that could be read in the trenches at night […]


Creation emerges from need.  Find a hole in the marketplace and fill it.  You do the work instead of waiting for others to make it for you. That’s the story of Abe Burmeister and why he co-founded Outlier. The Internet enables niche products to find any audience across the world.  With a direct to consumer website, […]