Tuesday, October 19, 2021

OBQ 1643: Chaiwalah

He might not describe himself as a chai wala because he is probably too classy and belongs to a much younger generation, who is he?

Saturday, October 16, 2021

OBQ 1642:Up for grabs.

At right price everything is available or at least it seems to be the case with this "Investor", identify the small country which has bought a lot of big names thanks to the huge pile of money it has generated by some dubious means.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

OBQ 1641: The ethical investor.

 Investing is no longer about just buying low and selling high, its also a lot about Corporate Governance and getting rid of the skeleton in any company's closet.

Here is a company that has done that a lot and is recently in news in India.

Identify the company from its logo.

Sunday, October 10, 2021

OBQ 1640: Mind over matter.

Beauty is a subjective thing, but in 21st century its objectified to hilt, here is a person who is beautiful but her true achievements are the ones where she put mind over matter. Connect these images to an icon who will be remembered for not just being a pretty face but also for a tough will.

Friday, October 8, 2021

OBQ 1639: On the money.

Identify the mavericks who started a firm that lets the common man make money before they make the money themselves. 

Its a start-up that is truly for "Bharat".

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

OBQ 1638: Valuing the invaluable.

 You need to identify which company's logo is this, the second image/logo is just a hint, another hint...both companies are in business of risk assessment and management.

Sunday, October 3, 2021

OBQ 1637: One in a billion.

Even in 21st century there are very few woman technologist who can prove their mettle in laboratory as well as in boardroom.

Here is one who not only took on some of the most devious silicon valley monopolies but did that with smile on the face and won.

Identify the lady who is literally one in a billion.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

OBQ 1636:Past imperfect.

Be it human beings or companies, when you are born in place like Germany, the past haunts the present but if you deal with it like Frau Merkel you can make future almost perfect.

Connect these images to a firm that has entered in its 15th decade regardless of its shenanigans from the past. 

This is fairly easy if you know your movies or history.

Answer: Munich Re (reinsurer)

Sunday, September 26, 2021

OBQ 1635: Johny Johny!

Simply identify the new kid on the block from its logo. Its obvious, no?

Answer: Sugar cosmetics

Friday, September 24, 2021

OBQ 1634: Controversy sells.

Where we see controversy a marketer will see opportunity, the marketers in this organization have done that for last five decades and made itself into a global brand that stands for equality and love.

Identify the brand from one of its super controversial ads.

Answer: United colours of Benetton

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

OBQ 1633: The Newsmakers

There are those who are on page3 and then their are those who are on the front page, this power couple has come under tremendous pressure in last one year or so for the kind of venture they run has lots of expectations set-up on it.

They have come out on top of it and made India proud.

ID them and the powerhouse of a company they run.

Answer: Krishna and Suchitra Ella of Bharat Biotech.

Sunday, September 19, 2021

OBQ 1632: Power_Shift.

In these crazy inflationary times its not enough to be just a billionaire and a daredevil pilot, you also need to grab good PR opportunities to grab everyone's attention and give cold feet to competition.

He is a billionaire who just did that and his fame literally shot through the roof.

Connect these images to a man who is king of all trades.
Answer: Jared Isaacman! Now go google it :)

Thursday, September 16, 2021

OBQ 1631: Go big or go home!

Work life balance in the time of SARS COV-2 and "the move to cloud" may seem like a recent thing but not for this company, they have been doing cloud computing for over a decade and taking on big names like Salesforce, Amazon and Microsoft on their own turf.

Identify the homegrown company that caters to the world and is about to hit the Capital markets.

Answer: Freshworks

Monday, September 13, 2021

OBQ 1630: Its a liquidity problem.

When you have lots of money you can do anything with it, this has been true from the time of the king of Lanka (Raavan) , here we have a 21st century tycoon doing something similar.

Connect these two images to one of the red hot start-ups that is just a month older than the Taliban Government in Afghanistan.

Answer: Altos a start-up that plans to make humans immortal!

Friday, September 10, 2021

OBQ 1629: First to go!

Its always not a first mover advantage, but this country has decided to do something the most developed countries have also not dared to.

Identify the country and its #1 downloaded app from its logo.

Answer: Strike app that is now used in Ecuador to trade using Bitcoin.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

OBQ 1628: Partner in crime.

Some corporate sagas deserve a movie or two of their own! Here is one. This guy (who I will not call gentleman) and his far more famous Ex-girlfriend created company that was perhaps the most sophisticated corporate fraud of recent times. 

Now they are suing each other!

Identify him/his-Ex/and their love child (the company they founded).

Answer: Sunny Balwani, boyfriend of Elizabeth Holmes the Theranos fame!

Sunday, September 5, 2021

OBQ 1627: Game of thrones.

Simply connect these companies to a business personality who might have something to do with Game of Thrones....both literally and metaphorically :).

Answer: Marc Beinoff

Thursday, September 2, 2021

OBQ 1626: Not so right.

You can't fix the history but you can fix the future, identify the team that is in controversy because of the choices made some 40 years back.

Answer: The football team of New Zealand which is also known as "All Whites"

Monday, August 30, 2021

OBQ 1625: All things awesome!

Its digital, environment conscious and started by bunch of Desis who returned from "foreign land", this is what I call a true power couple.

Identify them and the brand that just planted a tree for me today!

Answer: The "Alagh couple" of Mamaearth.

Friday, August 27, 2021

OBQ 1624: Not apple.

OK this is a little tongue in cheek, this is an Indian firm in digital space, identify the company by part of its logo.

Answer: Affle 

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

OBQ 1623: What is in the name?

There have been lots of questions about how this country and its name should be used globally, however its habitant couldn't care less, as they are the one who are making more money than the big brother!

Connect these images to a country.

Answer: Taiwan.

Saturday, August 21, 2021

OBQ 1622: The other half.

 Identify the big shot who is almost as famous as his wife!

Answer: Sanjay Nayyar the Ex-KKR banker.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

OBQ 1621: You are covered!

Covid or no Covid some business are bound to bloom! Identify the humble organization that started more than 70 years ago and is now spread across all of India.

Answer: Dr. Lal Pathlabs

Sunday, August 15, 2021

OBQ 1620: Master network.

Identify the little network that started under a huge tree and then all of a sudden became so big that now the big tree is scared!

So tip your hat and connect these images to a company.

Answer: Arista Networks

Thursday, August 12, 2021

OBQ 1619: Diverse literature.

 Simply identify the logo of one of the oldest publication that has decided to come out of closet!

Answer: Mills and Boons publications

Friday, August 6, 2021

OBQ 1618: Podium finish.

There are a lot of contributions and sacrifices for every person who stands on Olympic podium or any other stage but its amazing if that contribution comes from past generations.

Identified this icon who among other things laid foundation for great sporting culture in some of our Northern states.

Hint: His birth anniversary is on 7th of August!

Answer: Mr. Omprakash Jindal. The man behind JSW group.

Sunday, August 1, 2021

OBQ 1617: Future forward!

People worry about future, and for not having enough money when they are old. Here is a company that has made dainty little business out of this fear.

Identify the global giant from its logo.

Answer: Mercer

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Seeking wisdom in better environs.

 Hi gang,

As many of you know we are headed for bit of a vacation in the Himalayas so I wont be posting any questions for next couple of weeks.

You will still have a lot to explore as we have come a long way (11 years and 5 months, 1600+ posts, 7000+ unique followers across platforms and over 5 million hits on various pages :)), so dig in to some questions and their answers from the history.

Start here.

The Original Business Quizzing (theoriginalquizzing.blogspot.com)

See you in two weeks, till then Radhe Radhe! (because even in the divine world woman need representation!)

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

OBQ 1616: No stopping!

They along with a like minded readers started something that has changed the way India reads. They are now unstoppable force in the publishing world.

Identify the firm and its founders.

Answer: Juggernaut Books started by Durga Raghunath and Chiki Sarkar.

Saturday, July 10, 2021

OBQ 1615: Mother of all necessities.

They say necessity is mother of all inventions and these last few centuries war is mother of all necessities, connect and identify the organization that is a gift to mankind from the cold war era.

Answer: DARPA

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

OBQ 1614: Chairman's choice.

Alcoholic beverages around the world get some really interesting names, here is one such brand with really big following from the big brothers and their lord!

Look at the logo hard and you will see a face and that should get you the answer!

Name the brand/company that manufactures it.

Answer: Mou Tai the preferred liquor of Chinese Communist party. 

Saturday, July 3, 2021

OBQ 1613: The revolutionary.

The revolutionary is dead (most likely murdered) but the revolution has just started, identify the greatest of the silicon valley icon, he was so good as a technologist and humanist that his peers had to get him jailed!

Connect to an icon whose name will be more famous after 50 years when his contemporaries like Bill Gates and Larry Ellison will be no more!!

Answer: John McAfee

Thursday, July 1, 2021

OBQ 1612: Pivot

Because of the pandemic lots of business had to pivot their business models, here is one such company that not only changed the way it operates but also the way it brand identity looks.

Name the emerging hospitality giant.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

OBQ 1611: Powerplay.

In the powerplay of Geopolitics brute force sometime is given too much importance, this gentleman however coined a term/concept that is far more powerful in the long run...and at end of the day Geopolitics is a Test match so powerplay doesn't even matter!

Answer: Joseph Nye, and the term is Soft Power.

Saturday, June 26, 2021

OBQ 1610: The theory.

Each era has its own conspiracy theory and those who back it, here is one such organization whose conspiracy theories are proving to be more reality and less fiction.

Identify the radical organization.

Answer: Qanon

Thursday, June 24, 2021

OBQ 1609: Can you see the future?

 Identify the character, AI personality. She can not only see the future but also create it.

Answer: Cortana

Monday, June 21, 2021

OBQ 1608: Quiet revolution

 Connect these images to a revolution that is happening in the world of mobility.

I need a very specific answer!

Answer: Formula E

Saturday, June 19, 2021

OBQ 1607: Charging bull, fearless girl.

The title says it all, identify the girl who is lately in news and she will definitely take the greedy capitalistic bull by its horn.

Identify the young gun.

Answer: Lina Khan

Thursday, June 17, 2021

OBQ 1606: Business @ speed of sound

 Identify the company that is going to make the commercial aviation great and fast again!

Answer: Boom Aviation

Monday, June 14, 2021

OBQ 1605: Repackaging Ayurveda.

Identify the company that is making the most out of Digital goldrush started by COVID-19 and selling its premium product like hot cakes.


Ansswer: Wow cosmetics.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

OBQ 1604: Shenanigans.

Identify company that is stuck between conflicting philosophies and two biggest superpowers for its dubious karma.

Answer: Ecohealth Alliance, the  European firm that most likely helped China develop the virus.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

OBQ 1603: New kid on the block.

 Simply identify the logo of a firm with very old roots in a slick new avatar.

Answer: Nielsen IQ

Saturday, June 5, 2021

OBQ 1602: Homegrown.

India surely has a lot of IT crowd but it hardly has products/apps that can compete with the likes of Whatsapp, Twitter or Microsoft Office. That is starting to change thanks to companies like this started by some mavericks that are not just redefining what India can do, but also how technology company can run without any need of glass and steel offices.

Connect to a company.

Answer: Zoho Corp

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

OBQ 1601: The rebel.

Unfortunately the message of Gandhi is lost in 21st century, people have gone about abusing power and exploiting poor and natural resources, the results are for all of us to see. Here is one person though that Gandhiji would be proud of regardless of his violent tactics...because it is for a just cause and net sum of his efforts is overall less violence against nature.

Identify the rebel who is fighting a just cause.

Answer: Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd project.

Monday, May 31, 2021

OBQ 1600: China export.

People off late are worried about things coming out of China, for various reason. Here is one such company that might have potential to go viral like Tiktok.

Identify the company.

Answer:Youku  the Chinese equivalent of Youtube

Friday, May 28, 2021

OBQ 1599: She/Her/Legend!

Some real life stories are even more amazing than the fiction, here is one such story of a person of Indian origin breaking it through the "white glass ceiling".

Identify the woman with guts and glory.

Answer: Anjali Sud of Vimeo

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

OBQ 1598: The connoisseur.

Connect to a giant from its industry that has curated a nice collection of product line that serves all taste over the last 100+ years of its existence.

Answer: Conde Nast group of publications.

Sunday, May 23, 2021

OBQ 1597: Badshah of business.

There are a few historical figures with a huge geo political impact that outlives them by many centuries, there is a long line of them...from Genghis Khan to Captain James Cook. Here is one such figure from almost 150 years ago whose decisions are impacting the world we live in, and one of his "projects" was in global media focus last month!

Identify the game changer.

Answer: Ismail Pasha the Khedive and the mind behind Suez Canal's commercialization.

Friday, May 21, 2021

OBQ 1596: Old bank in the Strand.

Though London's reputation as financial capital has been on the decline for a while there is one bank that will not shift its address from The Strand to elsewhere in Mainland Europe.

Identify the bank that is there for the last 300 years.

Answer:Couts Bank.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

OBQ 1595: Still roaring.

From backlots of California to beautiful beaches in the tropics this company has been in the limelight for many decades regardless of financial jugglery of its owners.

Connect to a brand/company.

Answer: MGM studios