Friday, November 29, 2019

OBQ 1407: Funding for Future.

In a world where Hedge Funds and P E funds are compared with Vultures and Barbarians there is a person who has changed the investing paradigm by putting money where the mouth (of poors) is.

Who is she and what did she pioneer?

Answer: Jacqluine Novogratz of Acumen fund.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

OBQ 1406: Its kinda big...

As a species we are obsessed with big things...the dinosaurs, the Airbus A380, or just  your big screen TV ;)

Here is one such big thing that is coming soon...identify it from its logo.

Answer: Dubai Expo 2020

Monday, November 25, 2019

OBQ 1405: The masterpiece.

World has seen very few true polymaths, some straddle the domain of arts and science but there are rare of the rare that are good in art, science and business as well.

Here is one such properties owned by one such polymath which is proving him to be an amazing businessman even centuries after his death!

Give me a very specific answer to who is the original owner of this property and why this property is proving to be a great business venture?

Answer: Leonardo Da Vinci's vineyard which has resumed production of wine again.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

OBQ 1404: Adventure capital.

Investing these days is a science with too much data and very little narrative, however when it comes to funding big and crazy business ideas this gentleman takes the cake.

Identify one helluva financier from some of his successful and not so successful ventures.

Answer: John Pierpont Morgan

Thursday, November 21, 2019

OBQ 1403: The dual core company.

Many companies have multiple layers of offering that make it an amazing proposition for its Amazon's retailing and Cloud business complimenting each other.

Here is one such company which is a technology giant in guise of a retailer.

Identify the company.

Answer: Ocado, the British etailing giant.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

OBQ 1402: Arms Race for Eyeballs

What we watch on our TVs, phones and tablets is what all media companies core focus is, and even the biggest fish can't afford to miss on our changing entertainment consumption patterns.

Connect to a brand that just joined this arms race. I need a specific answer!

Answer: Disney +

Sunday, November 17, 2019

OBQ 1401: Chasing Big "Bucks"

China is going to be the largest consumer market in couple of years and everyone is trying to grab a share of that growing market. Here is one company which like many of its other Chinese peers is trying to beat a big western firm on its home turf by changing the delivery model.

Identify from logo.
Answer: Luckin Coffee 

Friday, November 15, 2019

OBQ 1400: The Rainmakers.

They say Zero is the most radical is a duo who used power of small margins on big volume to build one of the most disruptive business in Indian Finance industry in last 10 years.

Who are they and what did they start?

Answer: The Kamath brothers of Zerodha.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

OBQ 1399: Financing good chemistry..

OK folks, this one is going a bit on tangential...but if you can crack it this is a good one and you can give yourself pat on the back!

Connect these images to a company which is a conglomeration of some of the biggest chemical businesses of the world...just like its owner it is a low profile but a formidable empire nonetheless.

Answer: Ineos

Monday, November 11, 2019

OBQ 1398:From counting cash to counting days?

As Digital technologies become the new normal, a lot of old businesses will be disrupted. Here is one such company that survived more than a century by literally counting cash, now they are under fire as their products and business models come under attack. Will they innovate like they have been for last 125 years or will the perish?

Identify from logo.

Answer: National Cash Register (NCR) one of the largest ATM manufacturers in the world.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

OBQ 1397: Demonetization (the effective one).

In India people still have bad memories from three years ago when the government started demonetization for 500 and 1000 Rs. notes. A historical event though that happened exactly 30 years ago brought in a demonetization of a different kind that made everyone involved happy.

Tell me the event that triggered it and took these coins out of circulation.

Answer: The fall of Berlin wall.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

OBQ 1396: Winner, Winner...

In a country where "Pure Veg" restaurant are sought out it takes a daring visionary to make bets ion a company that goes against the grain (quite literally) and plans to take benefit of increasing per capita meat consumption.

Who is he and which company did he start?

Answer: Venky's, or Shri Venkateshwara Hatcheries.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

OBQ 1395: The reality is unreal.

Entertainment is all about selling unreal dreams to the masses, this company seems to be doing the opposite and making its money through some supposedly "Real" content and some big financial maneuvers.

Connect to a company that came in existence four years ago after a merger.

Answer: Endemol Shine, the biggest reality show company in the world.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

OBQ 1394: The creator of Matrix.

Things may seem simple when they are first created, so was the case with this gentleman's creation when he created it exactly 40 years ago. Now you can't imagine modern corporate life without it, regardless of whether you are a CEO or a clerk its part of your workday.

Who is he and what iconic thing did he bring to the digital era?

Answer:  Daniel Bricklin who created the first Spreadsheet software.

Friday, November 1, 2019

OBQ 1393: Cost of doing business.

There are many kinds of cost of doing business, employee costs, material costs, taxes and in some countries even bribery is part of the cost...however there are some costs that you cant plan for and yet the show up on your P&L accounts.

Here are some businesses that have an incurred these costs. Tell me what am I referring to?

Answer: All of these companies (the first image is linked with Charlie Hebdo) suffered losses because of terrorism.