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    Wednesday, February 2, 2011

    Q. The copper coin (shown below) was first introduced by Sher Shah Suri during his rule of India between 1540 and 1545, along with Mohur, the gold coin and Rupiya, the silver coin. Later on, the Mughal Emperors standardised the coin along with other silver (Rupiya) and gold (Mohur) coins in order to consolidate the monetary system across India. The question is, which english phrase originated from the name of this coin.

    A. The coin was called the 'Dam' (pronunced daam) and the English phrase “I don't give a dam[n]″ originated from it due to its small worth.

    Tuesday, September 7, 2010

    Q. An electrical engineering graduate from BITS, Pilani, Phani was happy with his Texas Instruments job. But seeing the potential of organizing a certain ticketing platform, he immediately brought in partners. He then went to the registrar of companies with the idea of calling his company 7D, or 'Seven Dudes'. The registrar declined this name, telling them a company's name cannot start with a number. Finally the proposal to name the company Pilani Soft Labs, was accepted in their third visit to the registrar with ______________ being their brand name.

    Fill in the blank.

    A. redBus
    Q. Connect the images to a business tycoon.

    A. Elon Musk (Cofounded Tesla Motors, which later merged with Confinity to become Paypal and according to Jon Favreau, director of the Iron Man movies, he is the inspiration for Favreau's and Robert Downey Jr.'s interpretation of the genius Tony Stark.)

    Friday, March 5, 2010

    Q. It was 1894, and 26-year old Václav Klement, a bookseller, was unable to obtain spare parts to repair his bicycle. Klement returned his bicycle to the manufacturers, Seidel and Naumann, with a letter, in Czech, asking for them to carry out repairs, only to receive a reply, in German, stating: "If you would like an answer to your inquiry, you should try writing in a language we can understand". A disgusted Klement, despite not having technical experience, decided to start a bicycle repair shop, which he and Václav Laurin opened in 1895. Which company was born henceforth?

    A. Skoda Auto
    Q. What was largely inspired by the book shown below. (The text reads "Phillips Exeter Academy")

    A. This is the Photo Address Book a.k.a. the facebook of the Phillips Exeter Academy. This is what inspired Mark Zuckerberg to start Facebook.

    Saturday, December 12, 2009

    Q. The person in question is an American computer programmer and entrepreneur. He was the creator and lead developer of Gmail. He developed the original prototype of Google AdSense as part of his work on Gmail. He also suggested the company's now-famous motto "Don't be evil" in a 2000 meeting on company values. He worked at Intel first and later became the 23rd employee at Google.
    He is currently an angel investor and a founder of the startup FriendFeed, which Facebook agreed to acquire in August 2009 in a private transaction.
    Name this person who holds so much credit to his name.

    A. Paul Buchheit
    Q. Identify the logos.



    A. a) American Tourister

    Friday, November 20, 2009

    Q. Identify the logo below. The company name has been licensed for use on a range of lifestyle products including electronic goods sold by Alba (including MP3 players, home audio systems, DVD players, DAB radio players and in-car entertainment systems), mobile handsets, festival camping gear, vodka, clothing, luggage products and fragrance products.

    A. Ministry Of Sound (MoS)
    Q. This restaurant chain was the brainchild of Robert Earl, former president of Hard Rock Cafe. It was modeled after the Hard Rock formula, so closely in fact that a lawsuit ensued and awarded the Hard Rock millions in damages. Earl recruited many former Hard Rock veterans to open new stores. Movie star "owners" received stock options at rock bottom price in exchange for their endorsement, thus they could be billed as legal owners.
    In April 1996, it went public. The company's share price reached all time high of $32 on the first day of trading and went down to less than $1 by 1999. The company has gone bankrupt twice. Nearly 100 stores have closed worldwide, leaving fewer than 20 in the world currently. Identify this restaurant chain.

    A. Planet Hollywood

    Thursday, November 19, 2009

    Q. Identify the 2008 start-up which is a multi million dollar company today by its logo and also its angel investor.

    A. Logo - Tapulous;
    Investor - Late Rajeev Motwani.

    Wednesday, November 18, 2009

    Q. Identify the advertiser. (Think Lateral)

    A. Microsoft (On Bill Gates)
    Q. Instead of hours and minutes, the mean solar day is divided up into 1000 parts called "beats". Each beat lasts 1 minute and 26.4 seconds. Although the company does not specify units smaller than one beat, third party implementations have extended the standard by adding "centibeats" or "sub-beats" as a decimal fraction, for extended precision: @248.00.
    There are no time zones; instead, the new time scale of Biel Mean Time (BMT) is used, based on the company's headquarters in Biel, Switzerland. What am I talking about?

    A. Swatch Internet Time

    Tuesday, November 17, 2009

    Q. From the very beginning, bowling and X have shared the same path. X's founder John Moses X played an integral part in the birth of the game by building a company dedicated to taking games like billiards and bowling out of fancy Victorian parlors and into the public arena. Moses Bensinger (married to Eleanora X, daughter of John Moses X) had a vision for the modern game of bowling. He standardized rules for the game and organized the first American Bowling Congress in 1895, which held the first significant bowling tournament in 1902. The ABC became a prominent fixture in competitive, professional bowling, and is responsible for developing the professional game and global appeal of the sport as it is known today. Identify this company X who has helped shape the sport as we know it today.

    A. Brunswick
    Q. In 1968, X founded X Ltd., a coat shop in the York Hotel in New York City, with $10,000. Legend has it that a year later a buyer from Bonwit Teller got off the elevator on the wrong floor, and ended up placing a $50,000 order. It is more likely though, that X showed his work to Bonwit Teller staff, which led to his first collection: a line of men's and women's coats featured at the New York City store.
    In 1969, he, who was later described as "the supreme master of minimalism," appeared on the cover of Vogue magazine.
    By 1971, sportswear, classic blazers as well as lingerie were added to his women's collection portfolio.
    Which fashion magnate had such an accidental and yet such a humble beginning?

    A. Calvin Klein

    Sunday, November 15, 2009

    Q. In the early 1900s while India was still under the British rule, one of the strongest manifestations of mass awakening was the desire to patronize all that was 'Swadeshi' (Made in India). Great Indian patriots and eminent businessmen like Shri Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Sir Ratanji Jamshedji Tata, amongst others conceived the idea of a chain of co-operative stores across India.

    And thus this chain of stores in question came into existence on 14th December, 1905. On December 17th, 1906, the flagship store was inaugurated by Dr. Dadabhai Naoroji. The store was then located at the present Times of India Building, on D.N. Road, Mumbai. In 1938, it shifted to its present location on Sir Pherozeshah Mehta Road. What chain am I talking about?

    A. The Bombay Store
    Q. Beginning August 2005, X began selling products under its own private label, "Pinzon"; the initial trademark applications suggested the company intended to focus on textiles, kitchen utensils, and other household goods. In March 2007, the company applied to expand the trademark to cover a larger and more diverse list of goods, and to register a new design consisting of the "word PINZON in stylized letters with a notched letter O whose space appears at the "one o'clock" position." The list of products registered for coverage by the trademark grew to include items such as paints, carpets, wallpaper, hair accessories, clothing, footwear, headgear, cleaning products, and jewelry. On September 2008, X filed to have the name registered. Identify this parent company X.


    Thursday, November 12, 2009

    Q. In 1976, X went to work at the manufacturing conglomerate 3M, but left after her request to transfer to the headquarters was denied; she was told that "women don't do these jobs". She moved on to the computer industry, including jobs at Digital Equipment Corporation and Sun Microsystems.

    She became CEO of Autodesk in 1992. According to Forbes, X "transformed Autodesk from an aimless maker of PC software into a leader of computer-aided design software, targeting architects and builders."She is credited with instituting and promoting Autodesk's "3F" or "fail fast-forward" concept — the idea of moulding a company to risk failure in some missions, but to be resilient and move on quickly when failure occurs. She stepped down as CEO in 2006 and became the executive chairman of the board. Autodesk's net revenue substantially increased during her tenure.

    She served on several boards of directors, including those of Intel, Cisco Systems, Autodesk, BEA Systems, Network Appliance, and the Foundation for the National Medals of Science. Additionally, she has been a member of the United States President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

    Identify X.

    A. Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz.

    Wednesday, November 11, 2009

    Q. Identify the logo and also explain its significance.

    A. Logo of Team Radio Shack. Lance Armstrong is going to race in the 2010 Tour De France with this team.

    Tuesday, November 10, 2009

    Q. Identify the logos.



    A. 1) Royal Caribbean International Cruises
    2) Mathematica
    Q. The business in question was set up in 1986 by S S Goenka, who founded a small company called Peutronics Pvt. Ltd. with the aim of using computers to simplify the tedious job of keeping accounts. His son Bharat was responsible for the development of the commercial software product which led Peutronics Pvt. Ltd., into changing its name and becoming the company it is today. It now operates from its offices on the Hosur Road, a business district of the Silicon Valley of India and makes financial accounting softwares that currently sells in 88 countries beyond its native India, including the United Kingdom, and the Middle East. Identify this worldly recognized company.

    A. Tally Solutions