Sunday, December 29, 2013

OBQ 671: The end of hunger...

This legendary Japanese businessman/innovator "invented" something that is a worlwide phenomenon...his aim though was simple to make Japan self sufficient in terms of food post the war. Who is he? What did he invent? Where will you find this statue? Answer anyone and you have cracked it!

Answer: Momofuku Ando the founder of Nissin noodles and inventor of Instant noodles, that we all love!

Friday, December 27, 2013

OBQ 670: Talking of big bucks...

Something very recent...give me the connect of these images to a company which is in news in Indian media recently...

Answer: Yes this is Rafalle Dassault, HAL did a 10 billion dollar deal with them to supply the nextt gen fighters for Indian Air Force, the guy in image is the founder Mr. Marcel Dassault

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

OBQ 669: The survivor...

This technology has survived more than 100 years of technical, political and commercial problems...Connect these pieces together to tell me what technology/machine am I talking about?

Answer: Zepellin! The needle at the top of Empire State building was used to anshor it, Goodyear still uses it for advertising, and last image is of Ferdinand von Zeppelin. 

Monday, December 23, 2013

OBQ 668: Back to the history...

Identify one of the most iconic car maker...who had his most proud design embossed even on his tombstone...
Answer: John Delorean, the General Motors executive who went on to found Delorean Motor Company.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

OBQ 667: Muscle car...truly!

70s was era of Muscle car...but this car was a far more "muscular" car then others because of one innovation that was built into it which is very common place now a days....tell me which first did this car achieve? and whats the car name?

Answer: Its Chevrolet Cosworth Vega which was the first to use a "computer" in a car in form of Electic Control Unit.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

OBQ 666: All things digital...

Yes...thats the world we live in... tell me whats this two decade old Japanese "Innovation"...its selling like hotcakes in many versions and is now a big part of popular culture...and you can get an app for it as well!

Answer: Its a digital pet called Tamagotchi invented by Japaneese company that goes by the same name...its just like pets you need to feed it clean it...if you dont it dies or goes beserk!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

OBQ 665: Hello Tomorrow!

Connect to one of the most respected brand that has come from Middle east...there are enough hint in the title itself...

Answer: Emirates Airlines!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

OBQ 664: The French-Italian Job!

Connect these two gentlemen to an iconic automobile brand that set its shop some 100 years back...

Answer: Alpha Romeo!

Friday, December 13, 2013

OBQ 663: Its a bird...Its a plane...Its a !!!!

No...this is not in Afghanistan...this is a future plan of company to revolutionize the way we shop!!!

Which company? and whats name is this "thing"???
Answer: Its the futuristic service planned by Amazon where drones will make delivery! Its called Amazon Prime Air :)

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

OBQ 662: Making inroads...

Identify the logo of a famous financial brand from USA that has started to gather steam in India...
Answer: Diners Club, the inventor of Credit Card.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

OBQ 661: Changing technology...same product

Its OK even if you tell me which product is this advertisement about...if not the exact company...

Answer: Audiobooks!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

OBQ 660: Year 1956...

Thats when the shipping industry started a new revolution...and this ship is linked with that...tell me how?

Answer: Ideal X was the first ship to carry Containers and hence hailing the era of Container Shipping.

Monday, November 25, 2013

OBQ 659: Shooting for skies...

Identify the logo, that is literally scaling skies from last few weeks...
Answer: India's Mars Orbiter mission!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

OBQ 657: A little bird told me!

Who is he? and more importantly which logo/mascot did he inspire?

Answer: Larry Bird of Boston Celtics, he is said to be the inspiration behind Twitters identity.

Monday, November 18, 2013

OBQ 656: The world's oldest retailer?

Connect to a British brand that started in 18th century...look the pic closely for more clues!!!

Answer: W H Smith, the store that you'll find pretty much at every airport in the world.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

OBQ 655: The African Lineage....

Connect to a media company that is more than 90 years old but is one of the most powerful player in Venture capital circles in emerging markets...

Answer: All these .coms are owned by South African venture capital firm Nasper Networks.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

OBQ 654: From ticker to to..._ _ _

This more than century old company...has one through many business transformation...from telegraphy to first stock ticker shown in the something totally different that its known for today!

Tell me the name of the company...

Answer: Western Union!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

OBQ 653: The 21st century messengers!

What did this two guys do to revolutionize the messaging industry?

Answer: They are the developers of messenging app Whats app.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

OBQ 652: Coolest resume ever!

Whose resume is this? Give me the name or name of the company that "employs" him.

Answer: Thats the resume of Energizer Bunny!

Monday, November 4, 2013

OBQ 651: Not your typical Mandarin...

He is responsible for one of the most dramatic corporate turnaround...who is he and which group does he head???

Answer: He is Zhang Rumin, CEO of Haier one of the topmost Chinese brand in Consumer durables.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

OBQ 650: A stamp for Bestselling Toy

Many of you would know that Rubik's cube is the most popular toy of human tell me which country issued this stamp?  You might have to trace back into the past!
Answer: It has to be Hungary! the birthplace of Erno Rubik.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

OBQ 649: Still the richest...

If you sum-up their net worth they are the richest family in the world...who are they?

Answer: The Walton siblings. Combined their networth is more than Carlos Slim Helu and Mr.Gates!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

OBQ 648: Once upon a time in Forex Markets...

This is a trended chart of USD against which "exotic" currency?

Answer: The much debated "Bitcoins"

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

OBQ 646: The real fast and furious

Connect to a legendary brand that's synonymous to speed...
Answer: Bugatti Veyron the brand now owned by VolksWagen, Named after Pierre Veyron the engineer and Ettore Bugatti the founder of Bugatti auto.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

OBQ 645: When you are proud of something...

You put your name on it! Identify the Italian Choclatier who did just that!!!

Answer: Pietro Ferrero the founder of Ferrero Rocher

Friday, October 18, 2013

OBQ 644: Hasta la vista baby!!!

Connect to a legendary brand from west coast USA!

Answer: Gold Gym! Started at the Venice beach California and the most famous member Mr. Schwarzenegger !

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

OBQ 643: An Orwellian App!

Identify the logo of the company...thats been debated world over because of the privacy concerns that it has raised....

Answer: Palantir, the app that has been used by NSA and other federal agencies and has raised huge privacy concerns.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

OBQ 642: Music capital...!

It was always a very famous area in heart of Seoul the capital of South Korea...but now its world famous!
Tell me what is the name of this area

Answer: The neighborhood "Gangnam" made famous by PSY's track Gangnam style.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

OBQ 641: Built to flip...

Connect to a company/app from the diagram that explain what it does and how it was in news because of its takeover by a high profile company...
Answer: Flutter acquired by Google

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

OBQ 640: Beauty with a difference...

Connect to an international event....that has changed the way we perceive beauty!

Answer: Miss Muslimah World

Saturday, October 5, 2013

OBQ 639: A sweet business model!

Connect to a brand house from Europe...

Answer: Perfetti van Melle, it has brands like Brooklyn gums, and chupa chups in its portfolio Kajol is their brand ambassador in India

Thursday, October 3, 2013

OBQ 638: The enterprise guys...

An early photo of these entrepreneurs who ended up starting one of the greatest IT company in the world, one is more famous than others now a days...tell me the company name.

Answer: They are the founders of Oracle (Larry Ellison on far right)

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

OBQ 637: The beginning of shopping frenzy...

Tell me where is this place and what did it start?

Answer: This is the first duty free shop that was set-up at Shannon airport in Ireland

Sunday, September 22, 2013

OBQ 635: Modern day vikings

Connect to a European conglomerate...

Answer: SaaB, Scania used to be the truck arm of SaaB, GM once owned it and Gripen fighter jets is from there aircraft manufacturing division 

Friday, September 20, 2013

OBQ 634: Brotherhood of pals

This is not an exhaustive album of people ...give me the infamous name of group.
Answer: Eon Musk, Peter Theil, Reid Hoffman collectively they and some others from silicon valley are known as Paypal Mafia, as they were invested in Paypal at somepoint or the other.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

OBQ 633: As old as India...

Simply connect... (no more hints!)

Answer: AK-47, Mozambique's flag bears the gun, the second logo is of the company that manufactures it in Russia, Osama obviously the biggest user of it!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

OBQ 632: The Dream run...

Connect to a company that has gone through a tremendous turnaround in last 10 years...

Answer: Nissan!

Friday, September 13, 2013

OBQ 631: Energizing USA!

And making boat loads of money from it...identify one of the richest American...

Answer: Manoj Bhargava the founder of 5-hour energy

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

OBQ 630: A true giant...

Recognize a monopoly that has almost 750 millions users, its so strong that even Apple Inc is trying to have alliance with it!
Answer: China Mobile, its believed that iPhone 5c was specially introduced to tap in China market.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Saturday, September 7, 2013

OBQ 628: Not a one trick pony...

This Brand has been around since 19th century essentially producing just one product....following is just a few product where it is used...give me the connect.
Answer: Carl Zeiss, their lenses are used from Hubble telescope to sniper rifles!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

OBQ 627: The Malay Tiger...

Connect to a legendary Brand from South-East asia that is now spreading its wings in India..

Answer: Tony Fernandez...go figure!

Monday, September 2, 2013

OBQ 626 : Made in Newyork...

This is a classic case of copying! Tell me what's this new area (actually its an old area with new name in business community) in NY called...

Answer: This area in Manhattan is called the silicon alley!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Thursday, August 29, 2013

OBQ 624: Swiss Fresh!

Identify this almost monopolistic brand from Switzerland...

Answer: Tetrapak

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Tata Crucible 2013 Corporate Quiz Ahmadabad report-out

Hello quizzers,

I bet you are eagerly awaiting for some sneak peek into this year's corporate crucible...Ahmedabad was second town in this year's line-up...

Here is the blow by blow read on!

There were about 70 teams in the prelims, with twenty questions being asked...

Q1: Which fictional character in british classics is commonly used to describe people who lend money at very high interest rates...
A: Shylock

Q2: What is the term used for short term reversal in candle stick pattern in stock market?

A: Hook reversal

Q3: Which management guru has written the book "The Leader in Me: How Schools and Parents Around the World Are Inspiring Greatness, One Child At a Time (2008)"?
A: Stephen Covey

Q4: Who was the person behind the adcampaign "Only vimal"
Frank Semoise
Q5: Question on a Fedex ad campaign
Q6: What are Potels in USA?
A: Motels ran by Patels
Q7: Who said "Where are all the leaders gone?"
A: Lee Iaccoca
Q8: Born in 1974 which US entrepreneur built the first railway line between Newyork and Chicago?
A: Vanderblt
Q9: Which airlines punchline is "On the wings of Dragon wings"
A: Druk Air (The Bhutanese airline)
Q10: Ad campaign 23 prints in 23 seconds
A: Samsung
Q11: Which company launched a smartphone in 1992 named SIMON that had PDA, Fax etc in it?
Q12: Sudhir Valia has JV called Telewings with which telecom company?
A: Telenor
Q13: Which US university is named after a British viceroy from Madras?
A: Yale
Q14: Which business group acquired Firtsource BPO from ICICI for 400 crores ?
A: RP Goenka group
Q15: Who wrote Toyota Production system?
A: TakasiQ16: What does LIG stands for in TTK-LIG
A: London International Group
Q17: Which publisher merged with Penguin books?
A: Random house
Q18: Which coffee chain was started by Amit Judge?
A: Barista
Q19: Which West Bengal city was named after a steel plant IISCO ?
A: Burnpur
Q20:   She is a key person in a media conglomerate...identify the company

A: Anne Sweney of Disney

6 Teams to qualify were: Bharti Airtel, Triton Consulting, Thermax, Petronet LNG,Endeavor, Indusa tech, Petronet LNG

Following are the question from final roundRound 1: Think global
Q1: Which popular contest has "The mustard yellow belt" as prize?
A: Hotdog eating competition
Q2: In UK Banker renamed the word broker to which other work in 1986?
A: Market maker/Jobber
Q3: This company was founded in the same city as florence nightangle, contains the name of partner from the previous failed partnership
A: Elizabeth Arden
Q4: This company built the first transatlantic telegraph line but eventually in 1980s switched their business to something else, which company?
A: Western Union
Q5: Which person was expelled from Harvard for pot smoking and other charges?
A: William Herst
Q6:  Which beverage company founder started the football tournament between Uruguay and Argentina?
A: Lipton

Round 2: Image round

Round3: Tata world
Q2: Which company acquired the British salt company?
A: Tata Chem
Q3: What is the footwear brand of tata group in JV with Japanese company
A: Tashi
Q4: Which F1 team is supported by Tata communication?
A: Mercedez

Round 4: Connect (Think cryptic)
Ben and Jerry
Hagen Daazs

Round 5:Think rapid clue round

1 Which subsidiary bank of state owned bank was found in 1915?
A: State Bank of Mysore
2 This french bank has Eugene Schnieder as first chairman 
A: Societe generale3: Its first product was Prithvi missileA: Bharat Dynamics

The team Endeavor was leading till 4th round but in fifth round they committed suicide and came last...!Triton clinched the title and Thermax stood as runner-up after tie breaker for second spot.