Taskmaster

April 2014

Taskmaster versus the futurologists

4:00PM | Friday, 11 April 2014 | By Taskmaster From time to time, when journalists are doing a story on tech – be it in print, on TV or on the radio – they’ll wheel out a futurologist. The Taskmaster remains a sceptic.

A moral dilemma

4:28PM | Monday, 7 April 2014 | By Taskmaster In business, it feels natural to reward success and competence while weeding out failure. Given this, here’s a moral dilemma you might want to think about.

Civic virtue creates cash

4:00AM | Wednesday, 2 April 2014 | By Taskmaster The annual raffle has long been a staple of Australian fundraising for not-for-profit groups. Of course, for Old Taskmaster, this presents a fantastic business opportunity at $2 a ticket – or three for $5.

March 2014

When your customer is not a consumer

4:00AM | Tuesday, 1 April 2014 | By Taskmaster “Customer” and “consumer” often get muddled up and used interchangeably. However, if you’re about to launch a business, there are some crucial differences between the two terms you need to be aware of.

Unlock the Developer menu in Android 4.4 KitKat

3:44PM | Friday, 28 March 2014 | By Andrew Sadauskas Up until recently, Google used to include a developer menu in Android. Here’s how to find it in 4.4 KitKat.

Googlers, Beliebers, Magicians, Little Monsters, Droogies or Yahoos: Naming your employees or user base

3:41PM | Friday, 28 March 2014 | By Taskmaster It seems almost every singer, band, and popstar out there these days comes up with a name for their fans, while every startup in Silicon Valley has a collective noun for its employees. Should you follow in their footsteps?

Drink to your startup success: A toast to some champagne business ideas

3:19PM | Thursday, 27 March 2014 | By Taskmaster There’s nothing your loyal correspondent enjoys more than a good awards show. You see, this week Old Taskmaster made an appearance, incognito, at the StartupSmart awards.

When net promoter scores turn absurd

3:00AM | Wednesday, 26 March 2014 | By Taskmaster Every few years, a new management trend sweeps through MBA land. A recent example has been “net promoter scores”.

Bitter sweets in store for customer service

3:00AM | Tuesday, 25 March 2014 | By Taskmaster It’s not easy to simultaneously offend and inspire the Taskmaster, yet one local businessperson has managed to do precisely that.

There’s fans for everything online – including CW McCall

3:23PM | Monday, 24 March 2014 | By Taskmaster In a list of one-hit wonders, your humble correspondent listed down a musician named CW McCall, who is best known for his 1975 smash Convoy. Soon, the fans came out of the woodwork.
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