June 2015

Why you shouldn’t worry about robots replacing the jobs of humans

6:19PM | Monday, 1 June 2015 | By Taskmaster Recently, Old Taskmaster has read a lot about how robots could mean the end of many careers – and frankly, I’m sick of the whinging! Here’s why the rise of the machines is less of a jobs threat than some claim.

Know when you’re “flearning”, not flying

6:51PM | Friday, 27 June 2014 | By Taskmaster As you will recall, last week your humble correspondent talked to a would-be entrepreneur whose big idea was to use drones to home deliver pizzas.

The pizza drone that won’t get a slice of the action

6:41PM | Friday, 20 June 2014 | By Taskmaster “My idea is revolutionary! It’s a world first!” the would-be entrepreneur says. When a drone delivering pizzas is involved, what could possibly go wrong?

March 2015

Should Australia’s Silicon Valley be Melbourne or Sydney? Why not build a startup nation instead!

3:56PM | Tuesday, 3 March 2015 | By Taskmaster Old Taskmaster is back with a take on whether Sydney or Melbourne should be the centre of Australia's startup scene.

February 2015

A yarn about startups pussyfooting around: How pausing a kitten delivery turned into a full-grown cat-astrophe

2:00PM | Monday, 9 February 2015 | By Taskmaster If you promise your customers kittens, you better deliver!

January 2015

Think you’re the next Google? Here’s a New Year’s resolution from Steve Jobs

1:56PM | Monday, 5 January 2015 | By Taskmaster Recently, your loyal correspondent made the long drive down from Parts Unknown, high up in the hills, to attend a startup pitching event at a local coworking space.

November 2014

Your small business or multinational corporation is not a startup

11:30PM | Tuesday, 25 November 2014 | By Taskmaster Your humble correspondent noticed a new coffee shop had just opened up on the main street of Parts Unknown. While toiling away at frothing a skinny soy cappuccino, the barista claimed he was running a startup.

July 2014

Why ‘manageerists’, not managers, are the scum of the Earth

7:24PM | Friday, 25 July 2014 | By Taskmaster Yours truly is a gentle soul. There is only a small handful of things that cause the Taskmaster any distress. (Of course, by “handful”, I’m assuming here you’re a giant.)

From ‘GigaCat’ to ‘L1m3Monk3y’: Simple tips for naming your startup

7:28PM | Monday, 21 July 2014 | By Taskmaster The great news is that even if you are lazy or creatively bankrupt, you can still choose a great startup name. The Taskmaster shows you how.

Take a break, then take another look

7:29PM | Friday, 4 July 2014 | By Taskmaster Some say great code is like artwork. Unfortunately, Picasso or Giotto never had to worry about bugs in their masterpieces.