Wednesday, February 28, 2018

OBQ 1105: The state bird.

Nah we are not big on geography text book questions on this blog, so this is not a state bird in the same sense of it, but in business sense it is a brand of a state government that is going to take off soon with its seasoned private partner.

Now if you are confused enough tell me which entity's logo is this?

Answer: Air Odisha

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Holi kab hai, kab hai Holi?

Gabbar is coming this Holi, but not to pillage but to share the Knowledge he gained by attending the Anand regional finals some days ago.

So this long weekend be ready to soaked in some amazing quizzing action!

Monday, February 26, 2018

OBQ 1104: Suits, lots of suits!

Some profession have strong association with specific attire, and as far as this company and its line of business goes Suits defines them better than anything else.

Connect these three images to a company which has now its disciples across different domains.

Answer: The Bain Company

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Tata Crucible Campus Quiz 2018 Ahmedabad Regional Final Full review with answers.

The Ahmedabad regional final took place on Sunday 18th February. It was at IIM-Ahmedabad campus and it was 3PM by the time prelims started.

There were 130+ teams in total of which four went straight to the finals and the other two qualified from six other teams after a wild card round containing six questions.

As usual the prelims had 20 questions with in built tie breakers.

Here are the questions and their answers.

1. Arthur Charles started this company in USA in 1923 the company deals in ratings of various companies and originally coined the term “market share”. Name the company. (Answer: Nielsen…my employer!)

2. For what profession is the Castle Connoly list is known for in USA. (Answer: Doctors)

3. House of cards by William D Cohan is about which failed Investment Banks? (Answer: Bear Sterns)

4. What in India was started by Ganga Bishen Agarwal in 1937? (Haldirams)

5. Identify the logo (Answer: Old Monk Rum)

6. Which bag commonly used for carrying commodities by an English man in England by the name of Thomas Sullivan (Answer: Tea Bags)

7. Tailwinds is the parent company of which Indian airlines? (Answer: Jet Airways)

8. Which e-commerce giant owns the messaging app Laiwang? (Answer: Alibaba)

9. “Leave luck to heavens” is literal translation of name of which Japanese gaming company? (Answer: Nintendo)
10. Who owns the brands like Simpsons, TAFE & AMCO (Answer: Amalgamation group)

11. Which food giant from Switzerland acquired the vegan brand Sweet Earth? (Answer: Nestle)

12. “Failing to succeed” is a book about one of India’s first e-commerce startup. Name the company. (Answer: Fabmart/Indiaplaza)

13. Manthan brand of dhoop (incense sticks) has roped in a famous TV personality as its brand ambassador. Who? (Answer: Aloknath)

14.Who is the new Chairperson of PTI (Answer: Vivek Goenka)

15.“The road is waiting” is punchline of which Indian apparel brand? (Answer: Roadster)

16.Ekal Vidhyalaya is an initiative where a single teacher runs entire school. It is backed by which business group? (Answer: Zee group)

17. Who owns the brand “Cignia” (Answer: TTK)

18. Which haircare brand runs campaign “Thoda love jatao”. (Answer: Parachute)

19. Perfinza is a high performance brand of tyres from which company? (Answer: MRF)

20. Sampoorna Cancer Suraksha is a protection plan from which Insurance company? (Answer: SBI life)

After this round six teams were selected for wild card rounds of which two qualified for the finals.

Here are the questions from Wild card round.

1.  A circular transaction mechanism was derived in the UK in 18th century which still is used predominantly by travelers (Answer: Traveler's cheque)

2. What is EPFO? (Answer: Employee provident fund organization)

3. This is a tactics used by takeover target companies that try and devalue there stocks to avoid a takeover. (Answer: Poison bills)

4. Which e-commerce giant acquired payment company "Rupee power"? (Answer: Snapdeal)

5.  Sulphurated strickables is the patented name of which common product? (Answer: Match sticks)

6.  Catamaran is a venture capital firm of which Indian businessman? (Answer: N R Narayanmurthy)

7.  Flexible leather cords is the name of which product (Answer: Thongs)

Hence we had Six teams for Finals for following institutes.
  • IIM Ahmedabad (two teams)
  • Institute of Management, Nirma university
  • L D College of Engineering
  • Gujarat National Law University
  • IIT- Gandhinagar
All rounds had same scoring so I have put all final questions together. Base value of question was 100 with an option to play Tata card and upgrade the value to 150. Commemorating 150 years of Tatas

1. A picture taken more than 100 years ago in England what is so special about this picture? (Answer: World's first selfie)

2.  RSVP is a new venture by whom? (Answer: Ronnie Screvwala)

3. Images for connect: Kaun Banega Crorepati, Shahrukh Khan song, Digital life: (Answer: Reliance Digital)

4. House of God is an app by which media house? (Answer: Times of India)

5. Who is considered to be father of Science of deduction? (Answer: Sherlock Holmes)

6.  Images to Connect, Logo of  Eicher, Some gun bullets and Himalayan border of India (Answer: Royal Enfield)

7. Rajeev Chandrasekhar owns which famous news channel? (Answer: Republic TV)

8.  Race to learn is an initiative that is collaboration between Hitachi and which famous educational institute? (Answer: Cambridge University)

9.  Identify the logo (Answer: Coco Chanel)

10. iON is a product by which Tata company? (Answer:TCS)

11. Live Love Laugh is an initiative by which famous Bollywood personality? (Answer: Deepika Padukone)

12. "Arise, Awake, Ascend" International School is by which famous cricketer? (Answer: Virender Sehwag)

13.  10.or is a mobile brand by which online retailer? (Answer: Amazon)

14.  Who owns DSP Merill Lynch? (Answer: Bank of America)

15.  Hills is a veterinary dental brand owned by whom? (Answer: Colgate Palmolive)

16. HHonors is a loyalty program of which hospitality brand? (Answer: Hilton Hotels)

17. Connect whose answer was Google (Some of the connect were too obvious like this one had a video of Sundar Pichai! meh...)

Till mid point it was close between GNLU, IIM-A and L D College of Engineering. Though from that point onwards GNLU created an unsurmountable lead and other teams were playing for second spot.

GNLU team scored a huge score of 1050 and won the regional final. They will be playing Zonal finals in Mumbai next month!

Coming up next weekend is the full review of Anand Tata Crucible Campus Finals, which was hosted at the beautiful campus of Institute of Rural Management.

Keep quizzing & shoot me an email if you have any questions around the format of Tata Crucible this year.


Thursday, February 22, 2018

OBQ 1103: For all the cute creatures.

Kids fashion is for real and it can be quite expensive!

But with its cute clothes and even cuter way to code each product line so that kids can shop for themselves, one company has revolutionized the way kids dress.

Identify the company that created this unique way to sell kids clothing.

Answer: Granimals

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Coming this weekend!: Ahmedabad Crucible Final review.

Hello Quizzers,

I was there at the Tata Crucible regional final at Ahmedabad this Sunday so coming weekend you will have the full review of the quiz with answers coming your way.

Stay tuned!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

OBQ 1102: The market mover.

She is in charge of the company that is known to be big and humble, though it's not in stock markets directly. There investment decision can make or break prices of stocks on exchanges. Just like her employer she is one of the most powerful person in the Indian business community but keeps a low profile.

Who is she?

Answer: Usha Sangwan the Managing Director of India's largest life insurer LIC.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

OBQ 1101: Women in charge.

The rule of engagements are changing between genders, both in the real world and in the virtual world as well. This app is tapping just into that shift to given more power in any relationship even before it starts.

Name the app/company.

Answer: The Dating app Bumble which is literally taking rival Tinder to court.

Friday, February 16, 2018

OBQ 1100: The grain of grit.

The company he started is named after an humble grain, and by riding one of the biggest technology waves of last ten years the humble grain has become a formidable giant.

Who is he and what company did he start?
Answer: Xiaomi

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

OBQ 1099: Sum of the parts.

Sometime the sum of the parts is bigger than the whole! It surely is true for this now defunct company, which was sold for its parts over the last fifty years and surprisingly the original brand name still manages to thrive and mentioned across the planet!

Answer: British Leyland, they originally designed the classic doubledecker bus in Britain, Vinod Dasari is the CEO of Ashok Leyland and they used to also own the Rover Motors.

Monday, February 12, 2018

OBQ 1098: No time to relax.

The company that started with the cheapest segment of the product is now relentlessly pursuing its strategy to up sell to its loyal customer, doing that it has generated quite many ripples and upended some of the international behemoths.

Connect to a company.

Answer: Relaxo, Mr.Dua the owner, started by manufacturing Hawai chappal and Akshay Kumar is the brand ambassador for their brand "Sparx"

Saturday, February 10, 2018

OBQ 1097: The Deccan Dynasty

Unlike Shivaji's Deccan conquest, this Deccan conquest started in South and went Northwards, now this conglomerate is a great corporate citizen of India Inc, and a great Mumbaikar as well.

Connect to a business group.

Answer: GVK, Has a join venture with Taj to operate hotels. 108 service across states is funded by them. And they operate the Chattrapati Shivaji Airport in Mumbai.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

OBQ 1096: The Cinderellaman.

His is surely a Cinderella story, from being born in middle class family in the east to his hardships in the west to set-up his business and making it large.

He has also another more tangible connection with the original Cinderella story, so go back to the classic and tell me what is the name of this icon.

Answer Jimmy Choo

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

OBQ 1095: A healthy transition.

While business across industries struggle to keep transitioning from old way of working to new and from one generation to other generation, This business started by a professor in post Independence Ahmedabad though has done that seamlessly and transformed itself into a multi-billion dollar corporation.

Connect to a company.

Answer: Cadila Healthcare, Parineeti is brand ambassador for their brand Sugar Free, the logo, Sharvil Patel the to be CEO of the company.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

OBQ 1094: Wiring it right.

The company has defined by managing the things that get wired....its just that over the last 150 years whats being wired has changed the way this company operates.

The old ad that you see here is mostly irrelevant now, but still it has hints of the current business line of the company.

Name the company.

Answer: Western Union.

Friday, February 2, 2018

OBQ 1093: Unicorns, wait for him.

In the age of startup mania he has created business by breaking all the rule, by not taking any start-up capital and following very different model to scale-up business.

He surely would be a "Unicorn" had he allowed for venture capital investment, but he galloped his way to billion dollar valuation like a good old stallion!

Who is he?

Answer: Sridhar Vembu the founder of Zoho.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Tata Crucible Campus Quiz 2018 is rolling!

Hey guys, I know I am a bit late but for those eagerly awaiting the Campus version of Tata Crucible 2018 there is good news.

The Quiz started this week and the quizzing marathon will end sometime in April! There are some new cities like Anand and Sonepat featuring first time on the Tata Crucible circuit.

Hope you are planning to participate in one of them, I will be posting reviews of the Ahmedabad and Anand round of the quiz later in the month.

So all the best and keep quizzing.