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Friday, September 29, 2017

OBQ 1030: In the eye of cyclone.

The first image is of a basic scientific principle that the lad (or rather Sir) in the second image used to its fullest potential and in process become a billionaire himself.

Now he is driving (literally!) a change in the company that it created that will make his legacy future proof.

Who is he and which company did he started?

Answer: Dyson



Wednesday, September 27, 2017

OBQ 1029: Stars in their sight.

OK guys time for an easy one.

Identify the logo of a well known company from the world of nutrition.

Answer: Danone

Monday, September 25, 2017

OBQ 1028: The end of "cubicle nation"?

As you burn away your life in "Cubicle nation" these guys are redefining future work and in the process making themselves billionaire.

Who are they and which "Workplace" did they establish?

Answer: They are founders of We work, the shared workspace company.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Tata Crucible 2017 Corporate Quiz Ahmedabad Regional round review

Hi there!

It was an amazing Corporate round in Ahmedabad Tata Crucible this year, more amazing than usual as this time me and my partner Ashutosh did not only made it to the finals but also won the whole thing!

For a change this time the quiz was organized in the stunning campus of TCS Garima Park in Gandhinagar and not in Ahmedabad as always.

Here are the questions, starting with 20 prelims questions, we got 17 right so I guess the overall difficulty level was not very high.

ALL ANSWERS ARE IN BRACKET



  1. Which furnishing giant has headquarter in Netherlands and had Tornjorn Loof as its CEO ?(Ikea)
  2. In Yekatarinburg Russia there is a monument to Edward Balami the sci-fi writer, the monument is 2:1 in size and it was predicted as future innovation by Edward in year 1988 which innovation is this that he predicted? (Credit card)
  3. The promoter of this watch brand also owns brand called HRX. (Rado)
  4. Which  Indian group owns brands like Planet M, Next etc. (Videocon)
  5. What was developed for Kroger to remove coal stains but now its used more by kids (Play-dough)
  6. Pratap C Reddy started which chain of hospital from Chennai. (Apollo Hospitals)
  7. DEIVEE is an brand owned by which Indian supermodel (Milind Soman)

     8.  Roy Farelll started which airline based out of Australia? (Cathay Pacific)
     9.  This restaurant started in South Africa by a guy named "Fernando" which specializes in chicken dishes and is now spread world owner and is known for use of a special African spice (Nando's)
     10. Identify the logo (Wella)
    11. Bertie charles started which famous business magazine? (Forbes)
    12. Mario and Martina started a brand of shoe for woman that later diversified they never wanted woman to run this company but they handed over it to their daughter eventually (Prada)
    13.  John Hendricks started which cable network that now owns brands like Oprah Winfrey Network, TLC and other channels? (Discovery Networks)
   14.  Billion beats a magazine with only positive news was started by which Bharat Ratna awardee (APJ Abdul Kalam)
    15. Which university in Oakbrook, Chicago has its graduates in more than 190 countires? (McDonald's Hamburger university)
    16. Mike Lazardis started which company that was pioneer in Internet of things (Research in motion/Blackberry)
    17.  Shepton Dash, Gambit etc are all mascot of which paint brand? (Dulux)
    18. Josephy Cyrell designed which logo that is inclined at 18 degree (JCB)
    19. Identify the business personality (Steve Wozniak)
    20. Identify the logo of famous hotel chain



The six teams to qualify on stage were us (Nielsen India Private Limited), Uber, Relaince industries, SAC (ISRO), TCS and Zydus Hospitals (with the CEO himself being the contestant!).

The chief guest was Mr. Ajay Pandey, CEO of GIFT City.

Finals were divided in three rounds.

First one being called Call of duty.

Five questions 150 points each go for bonus and you get 200 wrong answer carried negative 100.

Q1. Identify the initiative by which company (Snap Inc)
Q2. Connect question with pic of Levi Strauss, Logo of Dockers etc (Levi's)

Q3. Identify (New CEO of Air Asia)

Q4.  Meaning of Diageo name

Q5. Logo of Near buy

ROUND 2: Sudden Strike

This was a bounty round with 12 question each of 100 point though you had chance to double down on each question doubling its value and its negative (-50>-100)

You can also use a badge called "Escape" once during the round which will allow you to change the question, you can also use a badge called "Golden retriever" which will allow the quizmaster to ask you question from past Tata Crucible quizzes.

Q1 Connect, Amazon Echo pic, Junglee logo, Douglas Hofstader book (Amazon)

Q2. Who is chief product manager at Lenovo and owns venture firm called A-list? (Ashton Kutcher)

Q3. Pictorial representation of what (Elevator Pitch)

Q4. Logo of hmd (Successor of Nokia)

Q5.  Connect , Tesla cars, Solar City, Space X (Elon Musk)

Q6.  Tail wind is parent company of which airlines (Jet Airways)

Q7.  Pass out o IIM Calcutta, Worked at DBS, IDBI Capital, Standard Charter bank he now works in completely unrelated field (Amish Tripathi)

Q8.  Connect Air Asia, Lotus racing etc (Tony Fernandez)

Q9. He started a company by buying a tea consignment, which retailer. (TESCO)

Q 10. This game was invented by sailors to avoid sea sickness (Mojang)

Q 11. This british tabloid was started as a plea to protect fisherman from local laws and protect them which one? (The Guardian)

Q 12.  The manufacturer of IKF motorcycles sells which famous product worldwide? (AK-47)


Round 3  Heart of Steel

Just three question base question has 150 point but you can ask for bonus second question on related topic which garners you 100 point, negative -100 on both questions.

Total three question in the round.

Q1. Double life is biography of which Advertisement executive? (Alyque Pudumsee)

Bonus question, Alyque created Mr.Charlie as brand ambassador of which brand? (Cherry blossoms shoe polish)

Q2.  List of brands, Alpenlibe, Mentos etc. from  which company (Perfetti Van Melle )

Bonus question: Which Indian is the global CEO of Perfetti? (Sameer Suneja)

Q3: Picture of Mr and Mrs Wallace on Times magazine cover, which publication did they start? (Reader's Digest)

Bonus question: Who owned Reader's digest in India before it was sold? (Tatas)

Final score of winners

Nielsen India Pvt Ltd: 875
Uber: 550

All other teams were 150 or lower scores.






Thursday, September 21, 2017

Coming this weekend!

Hi gang,

I will be there at Tata Crucible Corporate Quiz 2017's regional round in Ahmadabad (technically its in Gandhinagar!)  today,

So be ready for a comprehensive review of this year Corporate Quiz on this weekend.



OBQ 1027: Going main street?

On many of the back alleys of cities in USA (and now in Japan as well) you will find this cute shop, a business that started at the turn of the century is know for its chic and friendly vibe + they are really good at what they do.

But recently they just got acquired by the big boy of their industry that many fear will make them more main street and less chic.

Identify the company.

Answer: Blue bottle coffee which was acquired by Nestle

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

OBQ 1026: More than star power behind it.

Identify the logo of company which is not just started by a celebrity but also has some really solid ethical principles driving it.


Answer: The Honest company started by Jessica Alba.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

OBQ 1025: The unlikely immigrant.

From the country he was born in to the country that he currently lives in not to mention the job that he holds this guy is literally in eye of storms.

But looking at his pedigree it wont be a surprise to see him emerge out of this with flying colours!

Connect these images to a business personality.

Answer: Dara Khusrowsahi the new CEO of Uber.

Friday, September 15, 2017

OBQ 1024: Controversially yours

Started between two world wars in a country mired with it, the company had really hard time staying away from controversy.

Lately though company is more known for its innovation and passion for sports rather than its shenanigans!

Answer: Adidas



Wednesday, September 13, 2017

OBQ 1023: What a woman wants!!!

Maybe most of you lads out there have no answer to that elusive questions "What woman wants?".

But sure he did and knowing that answer he made boat loads worth of money which keeps even his grandkids among the richest people in the world!

Who is this brilliant guy? 😊😊😊😊

Answer: Max Factor and its founder Maximillian.

Monday, September 11, 2017

OBQ 1022: The Small Giant.

No No No this is not that.... that big company that we all know. This is a logo of a homegrown (Indian) company that has done exceedingly well in high end IT solution in some very challenging sectors at that.

Its a true "Small Giant".

Identify the company from its logo.

Answer: Rolta is the right Answer!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

OBQ 1021: A man with great taste!

Connect to a European multi billionaire who has stringed together some of the greatest brands to extend the empire he inherited.

Apparently his great taste also extends to his personal life as well!

Connect to him or name the holding company that he owns.

Answer: Jesse Owens wore the first shoes designed by Dassler brothers (founder of Puma and Adidas) Puma is now owned by Kering group, Salma Hayek is wife of  Francois Henri Pinault the heir of Kering and Gucci is also owned by Kering!



Thursday, September 7, 2017

OBQ 1020: Hotel Apna Apna

Simply connect to a legendary hospitality brand.

Enough hints there!

Answer: Hyatt. They own brand of hotels called "Andaz"

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

OBQ 1019: The Fightclub

He has got looks of bouncer and he is exactly that! He owns one of the biggest fightclub (if you can call it that!) in the world and with his media savvy he has transformed it into a billion dollar business.

Identify him and the franchise he owns.

Answer: Dana White of UFC.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

OBQ 1018: The reliable Swede.

The company is a benchmark in the world for safety and comfort, and with new ownership now the company is planning to go fully electric in two years.

Connect to a brand whose ownership is a bit of an enigma.

Answer: Volvo Cars.

Friday, September 1, 2017

OBQ 1017: The Topgun(s)

Connect the two images to a proposed mergers of two giants in there industry that are finally looking eye to eye.

Answer: Essillor Luxottica merger