Saturday, December 31, 2011

OBQ 339: A question for 2012

What is name of this ship? and why I am asking this Q on new year's eve?
Answer:  It is Balmoral the cruise which will be going on the same route as titanic to commemorate 100 years of the accident.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

OBQ 338: Born in Asia redefining business model globally

Identify the group/company
Clue1: From sector as diverse as construction, ship building to consumer electronics the company is considered to be a heavy weight.
Clue2 : It's old logo had tri-star, but for last few decades the company has done away with it.
Clue3: If this company was a country then it would have been among the top-30 countries GDP wise!

Answer: Samsung

Monday, December 19, 2011

OBQ 337: The midas touch.

Identify the logo
Hints: Vikram Akula, Sergei Brin...long list
Answer:Yes Sequoia the greatest venture capital/seed capital firm ever...

Saturday, December 17, 2011

OBQ 336: Bottom of Pyramid thinking.

Identify the company...
Clue 1: The company actually started almost two decade backs but came to notice in last three years...raising its market share from less than 1% to almost 10% now.
Clue 2: The company is now 12th largest in world in its segment after beating giants like Sharp and NEC.
Clue 3: He is the brand ambassador
Answer: Micromax

Thursday, December 15, 2011

OBQ 335: An ultimate tribute

Amul cartoon carrying an obituary in its typical style...who is being remembered?
Answer: Mario Miranda's obituary...the creative genius behind Amul girl

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

OBQ 334: Too obvious ...

Which term got inspired from this kinda traditional looks...?

Answer: Bigwigs! Comeon guys thiw was a sitter!

Friday, December 9, 2011

OBQ 332: The greatest marketing idea of last century

And this is the guy who propagated it...Who is he? Second image is just a hint.

Answer: He is Theodore Levitt whose article "Marketing Myopia" in Harvard Business Review changed the face of marketing.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

OBQ 331: Sad end of an iconic brand.

The parent company is going to stop production of this brand? Identify the logo.
Answer: Maybach

Monday, December 5, 2011

OBQ 330: The 21st century czar

Identify who is standing next to Mr.Mallya (Enough hints in image)
Answer: Bernie Ecclestone the person who owns this whole F1 thing!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

OBQ 328: The sweet sip of communism

Identify the Swadeshi restaurant chain...

Clue 1: This restaurant which is more of an institution is now more than 50 years old
Clue 2: More than 400 restaurants under its belt are governed by co-operative strucuture and has communism at its root.
Clue 3: No doubt that Kerala is the state where they have their biggest presence, below is picture of one of its famous branch!
Answer: Indian Coffee House

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Friday, November 25, 2011

Monday, November 21, 2011

OBQ 323: The best seller

Identify the brand...

Clue 1: It started in 70s as a collaborative effort between France, Germany and UK as a "Economic Interest Group"
Clue 2: The name was so given because during those times it was a non-proprietary name in Aviation industry.
Clue 3: They created a record with this airline...
Answer: Airbus

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Sunday, November 13, 2011

OBQ 319: The punk and the pioneer

Whose business footprint, dare you to identify all the logos!

Answer: Its Sean Parker,Napster, FB, Plaxo and Spotify (Clockwise)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

OBQ 317 : Silent Performer

Identify the NASDAQ listed Indian IT co.
Cognizant is the right connect, go figure it out!

Monday, November 7, 2011

OBQ 316: Once a brand always a brand!

Clue1: The name of this product was inspired by the company's slogan.
Clue2: The product changed the hands ( in terms of corporate ownership) but the brand name was still retained.
Clue3: Among many following is one of the innovation introduced for the product.

Answer: IBM

Saturday, November 5, 2011

OBQ 315: The Great American Dream...

Identify the company that is now ironically owned by a French Company!!
Answer: Bell labs, Alexandar Graham Bell its founder, its was the first to develop transistor, AT&T and Alcatel are its past and current owners.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

OBQ 314: What is X?

In the first column what is X? Tough one if you think hard!
Answer: I thought this was easy! X is the world population in billion.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

OBQ 313: Not just another automobile co...

Though is business for few years this commercial vehicle manufacturer is giving biggies run for their money...
Identify the logo...
Answer: AMW

Sunday, October 30, 2011

OBQ 312: World's largest family?

Under RBI Scanner
Clue 1: It started as a small deposit company in 1978.
Clue 2: Over last 30+ years they have acquired interests in real estate, airlines, entertainment etc.
Clue 3: This logo connects the final dot!

Answer: Its Sahara India Pariwar.

Friday, October 28, 2011

OBQ 311: The person behind all the fireworks...

He is not as famous as his hometown or his creation, nonetheless a person who makes Diwali special :)
Answer: Mr and Mrs Nadar people behind development of fireworks industry in Sivakasi

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

OBQ 310: Bad that they had to file for Chapter 11

Which publication?

Answer: Reader's digest is the answer, It's logo...It's Indian owner, and founders.

Monday, October 24, 2011

OBQ 309: We're strict about naming our babies ;-)

Baring few exceptions this European company has a very strict code to use names of Lakes in Scandinivia, Islands in Sweden to name its product most of it products have a Nordic origin...which company I am talking about?

Answer: Its Ikea

Saturday, October 22, 2011

OBQ 308: World’s first device with…

Name the model of type writer below. and why is it so important?
Answer: Its Remington #2 world's first QWERTY device!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

OBQ 306: Locking horns with Twitter

This company was in a legal battle with twitter...identify
Answer: Twittad with whom twitter settled a suit.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

OBQ 305: Latest target of Corporate raiders

Clue1: This company is known in India by its collaboration with Mahindra & Mahindra.
Clue2: Carl Icahn bought a substantial stake in the company in recent time
Clue3: The company has its roots in harvester manufacturing (see the old logo below).

Answer: Its the Navistar,  earlier known as International Harvester, and now they have tie-up with Mahindra in India.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011

Saturday, October 8, 2011

OBQ 301: A dedication to Steve Jobs.

Where will you find this image originally?
Answer: Its the  Whole earth Catalog from where Jobs got this inspiring lines.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

OBQ 300: Mother of all business book...

What have I masked on the coverpage of this book? Its name and author!
Answer: The Book is "Wealth of Nations" (That's the way we know it now), Adam Smith the author.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

OBQ 299: Made like sword

Identify the brand.

Clue1: In its more than 200 years of existence the company has tried its hand manufacturing guns, typewriters, motorbikes and gardening equipment.
Clue2: The company was first to introduce the stainless steel razor blade.
Clue3: The company is now owned by a holding company which also also has following trademark in its kitty.
Answer: Wilkinson ...Remember the ad? Wilkinson Sword it use to say!

Friday, September 30, 2011

OBQ 297: Now available in India...

Identify one of the greatest cult brand of all times...
Answer: Harley Davidson: V Rod Engine, The founders, the logo and the rapid city area one of the favorite spot for HOG fans!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Saturday, September 24, 2011

OBQ 294: The hunt,the argument,the Irish connection

Identify the publication/company/brand...whatever!!!!

Clue1:He went on a hunting game and had an argument with his friend on which was the fasted game bird in England, inspired by this confusion...

Clue 2:He started (this now) iconic phenomena as a compilation of interesting facts that were distributed to pub owners to popularize an Irish drink.

Clue 3: It is now the all time best selling copy righted book series...
Answer: Its the Guinness Book of World Records

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Review Tata Crucible 2011: Ahmedabad Corporate Round

Tata Crucible 2011: Ahmedabad Corporate Round

Fairly low turnout (in comparison of campus quiz) about 50 odd teams with regulars like Triton and Thermax visiting.

My bad luck was not able to participate due to lack of partner!

The regulars from Triton made a good lead in first two rounds which ensured there victory regardless of some good catch-up by other teams


Winners: Triton Group: The veterans Mahesh Manjawala & Mayur Rana (Score:40)

First Runner up: Thermax group (Score: 30)

Second Runner up: Soubhagya and Anirban from R&B (Score: 25)

Following are the questions with answers from Prelims and finals

1.  Which is the most visited paid monument in the world? Answer: Eifel tower   

2.    There were originally 4 old “Zaibatsu” in Japan three of them are Mitsui,Yasuda and Mitsubishi which was the fourth one? Answer: Sumitomo (options were given) 

3.    Now glossy most sought after weekly magazine was first published in Lahore in year 1882 by Arorbans press which magazine? Answer: Mayapuri (options were given) 

4.    Who is she:
Answer: Dr, Amrita Patel of GCMMF

5.     Which city’s name appeared in Citibank’s name when it was founded in 1812? Answer: Newyork

6.    “The extra half an inch: Hair, heels and everything in between” is the book written by which global celebrity? Answer: Victoria Beckham

7.    How do we better know this company which started its life in 1976 by name of Multitech (Hint: Dell’s model in asia) Answer: Acer

8.    Why only 241 pens were manufactured by Mont Blanc for its special Gandhi series? Answer: Distance between Ahmedabad and Dandi in miles (the famous dandi march)

9.    Based on current values of real estate in Atlantic city who is on #9 of Forbes richest fictional character list? Answer: Mr. Monopoly  

10. Kuensel was the only newspaper of which country till year 2006? Answer: Bhutan (hint given the country emphasizes more on happiness)

11. The controversial breast milk ice cream was named after which celebrity what was the name? Answer: Baby gaga

12. This book is based on which historical character? 
Answer: Chanakya (book corporate chanakya)
13. According to widely accepted theory what does “Bench” mean in Italian? Answer: Bank

14. Who funded C V Raman for his nobel winning research? Answer: G D Birla

15. Who founded HDFC? Answer:Hasmukh Parekh

16.   Who is this management writer
Answer: Ken Blanchard

17. Whose punch line is “ The good looking Rascals rules”? Answer: John Miller

18. “The softest pillow is a clear conscience” who said it? Answer: N R Narayanmurthy

19. Who said in 1969 “Major banks should not only be socially controlled but also publicly owned” Answer: Indira Gandhi

20. Which phone company she leads?

Answer: HTC

Finals (non visual/connect rounds)

Round 1:

·         What is donkey flight?

Unskilled labor immirgrating in a single flight to avoid scrutiny
     Which was the brand by Hindustan Photo Film

   Started by Geet Sethi and Prakash Padukone now it’s a web phenomena supporting indian sport talent
The Olympic Gold Quest
    What was Care Institute of Medical Sciences first to do in India?

First green hospital
     This year is 40th anniversary related to which internet related technology?

FTP (file transfer protocol)
    What is the common name of accessory “ Chain connected decorative gold studs”?


Round 3
       TCS is now biggest employer in which European country? Answer: UK
 .    What is Tata Motor bus’s name which is going to compete against Volvo and Mercedes ? Answer: TIVO
    What is the name of rngtone sharing services of TATA DOCOMO? Answer: Sing share
     Which was declared as the most luxurious car in the world? Answer : Jaguar