Wednesday, April 7, 2021

OBQ 1584: Geeks Inc.

This almost feels like history repeating itself, where the upstarts from two decades ago are now billionaire investors and they have found their alter egos in two nerds who will go on to revolutionize more than one industry.

Connect these four gentlemen to a company...unfortunately its not called  Geeks Inc.

Monday, April 5, 2021

OBQ 1583: Answer to The Firm.

No, this is not about John Grisham's novel, this is about one of the biggest scandal that broke this year in which the protagonists have started an institution of their own to prove a point and counter "The firm" run by an undeservingly well known family.

Identify the new kid from its logo.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

OBQ 1582: Brain and brawn.

Connect these images to a businessman who is the brain and brawn behind some of the biggest events of 21st century.

Answer: Robert Mercer

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

OBQ 1581: It's hot.

There is a long tradition of leveraging start power to boost the brand power, however this brand that is about to enter India took it to the next level and named itself after a famous role played on big screen.

Name the brand/movie/character.

Answer: Popeye's chicken & Popeye Doyle from the movie French Connection.

Monday, March 29, 2021

OBQ 1580: Practical joke.

In the smug business world once in a while you get a comic relief in form some massive blunders that make you laugh while they cost millions to those on the receiving end of it.

Identify the logo of the firm that is part of the practical joke right now.

Answer: Evergreen

Saturday, March 27, 2021

OBQ 1579: Mad rush- Gold rush.

Simply identify the company that is participating in the current bull run...only time will tell whether it was a gold rush or mad rush!

Answer:Nazara tech

Thursday, March 25, 2021

OBQ 1578: Art is eternal.

 A ridiculous amount of money is spent on upkeeping some of the masterpieces by artists of acclaim, just so that the future generation can savor and appreciate it. However there is a new art form that is inherently eternal and doesn't need anything apart from a constant supply of electricity.

Here is one such example of this art form, identify this new "art form".

Answer: Digital art that are paid for by Non-fungible tokens (NFT) this is Picasso's Bull.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

OBQ 1577: Uncomporable.

Indian business scene is full of small giants that have deep market understanding and unique product offerings that rule the niche.

Identify this iconic brand from the Saurashtra region that really lives up to its name.

Answer: Atul Auto.

Sunday, March 21, 2021

OBQ 1576: Value investor.

Now that stock markets are wobbly again globally people are talking about value investment, and this guy owns the narrative around value investing in huge asset class.

Who is he and which global financial behemoth he leads?

Answer: Bruce Flatt of Brookfield Asset Management company.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

OBQ 1575: Dark horses and Black swans.

Well this has nothing to do with zoology...or maybe it has. The company in question is privately held and has kept low profile, however some black swan event has brought it in limelight and given it the fame that was long due.

Connect to the company/business family.

Answer: Poonawala group.

Monday, March 15, 2021

OBQ 1574: Noun-sense.

Using a common noun is a fade among tech-startups, this one took it too far. Identify the company that operates in the world of crypto-currency and its name might feel something that is something connected to earth but in reality its more of an abstract noun!

Identify the logo.

Answer: Tether, the fintech firm that wanted to somehow connect bitcoin prices to USD.

Friday, March 12, 2021

OBQ 1573: Agri-Superstar.

 He shares name with a movie celebrity and his impact on agriculture globally has been worthy of the title of Superstar.

Who is he? Name the company that he is associated with.

Answer: Rajnikant Shroff of UPL, one of the true global Agri Chemical giant.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

OBQ 1572: Beasts of all colours

Whether we like it or not colours play huge role in our society, here are some of the colours used to classify a specific type of products in India, some of these colour combinations are lately becoming more popular than the usual black and white!

Identify the product and what these colours codes signify within that product class.

Answer: Vehicle number plates colour combination in India, Yellow in Black is for commercial, White in Green is for Electric Vehicla and White in Blue is for vehicles from Embassy.


Saturday, March 6, 2021

OBQ 1571: Culture and Geo-politics.

Brands have to tread very carefully while trying to cut across cultures without escalating the geo-political tensions. Here is a brand that is under lens because of being on the wrong side of major events in Indian sub-continent.

Connect to a brand/company.

Answer: Kiren Beer.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

OBQ 1570: Invite only.

 Identify the organization that is like an by invite only club.

Answer: OECD

Saturday, February 27, 2021

OBQ 1569: Doodle of the century.

Looking at this picture one might think that someone was doodling on world map, but it is a little bit more than that.

Tell me what this doodle is about.

Answer: China's Belt and Road Initiative.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

OBQ 1568: A story of two platforms.

Journalism is changing and all of it is not the troll armies taking sides on social network, some of it is very civilized and well organized.

Here is a guy who created multiple platforms at either end of the spectrum of journalism/reporting.

Who is he?

Answer: Evan Williams the founder of Medium, Twitter, Blogger and many more!

Sunday, February 21, 2021

OBQ 1567: Famous Detroiter

Some brands are so popular that even the most fierce of enemies make exceptions, like the love for Cuban cigars of many US diplomats and politicians. Here is one such brand that was at its peak during the 50s before it vanished.

Connect these images to an iconic brand loved by royals, communists and capitalists equally.

Answer: Packard.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

OBQ 1566: Digital gold rush.

The gold rush had gold diggers seeking fortune but the true fortune was made by the sellers of shovels and picks (and also certain denim manufacturer), here is a company making fortune doing the same during the current Digital gold rush. Doesn't matter if you are humble farmer using a feature phone or NASA working on multi-billion dollar space project, you gotta depend on this company's wares for your success.

Identify the company from its logo.

Answer: TSMC one of the largest semiconductor manufacturer in the world.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

OBQ 1565: Trending!

 Simply identify these guys who grabbed an opportunity and are trending now.

Answer: Founders of Koo

Saturday, February 13, 2021

OBQ 1564: Powerpacked.

Very few companies that has roots in Industrial revolution have survived through the last 150+ years, here is one such company whose founder's names lives through more than one company.

Connect and identify the names of the founders and companies to which they are still attached.

Answer: Greaves...Which lives on in form of Greaves Cotton, Crompton Greaves etc.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

OBQ 1563: Uncommon vegetable.

This brand which gets its name from an exotic looking vegetable has retained its exoticness even after being gobbled up by a series of big fishes. It was one of the first to enter the highly competitive world of "Non-linear" Television and still gets tens of millions of eyeballs regardless of all the competition that has popped up in the last few years.

Name the brand.

Answer: Hulu

Sunday, February 7, 2021

OBQ 1562: Force of nature.

The name of this company is obvious from its logo, however what is not obvious is the humungous success it has achieved in a very competitive industry as well as on the stock market upon its listing.

Identify the company from its logo.

Answer: Snowflake

Friday, February 5, 2021

OBQ 1561: The reluctant Amdavadi.

Here is story of two friends (and academicians)  who started business together in post independence era Ahmedabad, a generation later it was decided to split the business amicably and both businesses having right to use the famous brand name. In 21st century both business continue to thrive, however one is public and other privately held. 

Identify the relatively low profile Amdavadi who chairs the privately held entity.

Answer: Rajiv Modi of the "Other" Cadila.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

OBQ 1560: Image management.

 Brands that survive more than a generation need to change the narrative around them, identify the brand that is trying to do that by connecting the images below.

Answer: Barbie

Sunday, January 31, 2021

OBQ 1559: Small revolution.

 The whole Reddit GME saga has brought forward the cause of small  but smart investors, here is a business that enables this lot.

Identify the brand/product from its logo.

Answer: Smallcase

Thursday, January 28, 2021

OBQ 1558: Community leader.

 Here is one of those co-founders who is not as famous as the other co-founder of the same venture, identify the guy who helped create one of the most successful community globally.


Answer: Larry Sanger co-founder of Wikipedia.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

OBQ 1557: Turkic onslaught.

 This is fairly straightforward, connect to a company that has entered an industry already crowded by too many foreign brands...though mostly from the East whereas this brand is from the West a direction from which we are used to be attacked!

Answer: Beko

Friday, January 22, 2021

OBQ 1556: The constellation.

 The number of iconic brands that are now part of this Dutch headquartered company is staggering. Identify the company that was recently formed from a part of its logo.

Answer: Stellantis

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

OBQ 1555: Ticking all the boxes.

Identify this Indian brand with a distinct connect to the land and its people and ticks all boxes from an Environment, Social and Governance perspective.

Connect to a brand that is making waves internationally.

Answer: Araku valley coffee.


Saturday, January 16, 2021

OBQ 1554: Secret of youth.

 Identify the lady who has built a mass boutique brand (if there ever was one), that promises to give magic in bottles and makes money by the truck load!

Answer: Vinita Jain of Biotique.


Tuesday, January 12, 2021

OBQ 1553: Mesmerizing moves!

Humans have perfected the art of movement and we have even art forms like dance, parades and gymnastics dedicated to rhythmic movements.

Here is a  cutting edge company that is doing that in a quirky way with its product, and they have lately gone viral.

Identify the company from its logo.

Answer: Boston Dynamics

Saturday, January 9, 2021

OBQ 1552: Eyes on the score.

Fanatic sports lover cant keep enough of keeping up with the scores, this is a company that is creating same kind of set-up for keeping scores on a very important domain that rules our lives.

Connect to a term, rating system or the company that does it.

Answer: Transunion.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

OBQ 1551: The guy from Ranchi.

Small town boys and girls are taking the centre stage in India, here is someone who is trying to do the same. Identify the guy who is well known in Ranchi but not so much outside it (atleast for now).

Answer: Murli Jalan the new owners of Jet Airways.

Sunday, January 3, 2021

OBQ 1550: The other empire.

 The US food industry from 20th century is defined more by the McDonalds and Pizza Hut, here is another empire in that domain that started around the same time but might outlive its faster cousins.

Connect to a brand/company

Answer: Olive Garden restaurants.