December 01, 2006

TriviaYogi i - Bizz 6

Q1. ConnectIQ

Books written by Sudha Narayan Murthy of Infosys foundation

Q2. He appeared on Steve Allen's television show "I've Got a Secret" in 1965. His secret? The piano music that he played on the show was composed by a computer of his own design. In 1974, he founded a company where he introduced the Reading Machine, a novel device that combined three inventions: the first charge coupled device (C.C.D.) flatbed scanner, the first optical character recognition (O.C.R.) software, and the first, full text-to-speech synthesizer. His Reading Machine was able to detect and correct errors as well as audibly pronounce words. The commercial version of the O.C.R. software was used by Lexis-Nexis to create its vast online databases of news and legal information. In 1978, he sold his O.C.R. business to Xerox.

Identify this genius who created hardware and software to help blind people read and musicians make music.

Ray Kurzweil

Q3. Back2Back.

Identify the logo's. Prominent Indian Companies

i.) KPIT Cummins Infosystems

ii) Praj Industries

Q4. While an undergraduate at Yale University in 1965, he wrote an economics paper observing that as society became more automated, computer companies would need to insure that their products were dependable. Computers couldn't make business cheaper, faster, and more accurate unless they could be fixed rapidly. Their manufacturers would need a nimble logistics and delivery system to keep their customers happy. He realized that a hub-and-spoke network could create an enormous number of connections more efficiently than a point-to-point delivery system. The delivery system he conceived used both airplanes and trucks, which was unheard of at the time. He first tested the initial 25-city network, flying empty boxes across the country, and then went live on April 17, 1973.

Name the founder and the company.

Fredrick W.Smith - FedEx

Q5. ConnectIQ

This is an interesting connect, remember this is i – Bizz : - )

Lewis Tappan created the first viable credit reporting service in America with a network of correspondents under the Tappan’s Mercantile Agency to offer up-to-date and comprehensive credit information about people in their communities. Tappan transferred the running of the agency to his chief clerk, Benjamin Douglass, in 1849. By 1851, 2000 full-time correspondents were reporting from across the nation. Douglass then transferred the company to his brother-in-law, Robert Graham Dun, in 1858, and in 1933 R.G. Dun & Company merged with its main rival, Bradstreet, forming Dun & Bradstreet, the largest credit reporting entity in the world.

Tappan's credit information business enlisted local correspondents including a young Illinois lawyer, Abraham Lincoln, a midwestern storekeeper, Ulysses S. Grant, Grover Cleveland and William McKinley. All of whom went on to become Presidents of USA

Q6. Opening page of which website (it's not a company's website but for a thing that is inspired from this (in)famous company of recent times).

Here is what's written in the box (Pic1) "Security Alert - You are attempting to browse the belongings of _______ Inc."

Enron The Musical check out

Q7. What's the Connect

Aurora Borealis - Crystal Transmission - Volcano - Aurum - Dorado


In order to create a crystal that allows light to refract in a rainbow spectrum, Swarovski coats some of its crystals with special metallic chemical coatings. Aurora Borealis, or "AB", is one of the most popular coatings, and gives the surface a rainbow oil slick appearance. Other coatings include Crystal Transmission, Volcano, Aurum, and Dorado. Coatings are applied to 50% of an object, however some are coated two times, and thus are designated AB 2X, Dorado 2X etc

Q8. Which brand would come next in this series

Head (

Q9. Print Ad for which product (Think Beverages)

Diet Pepsi

Q10. Identify him (clue in the pic)

Joseph C. Wilson, he reinvented "The Haloid Company" manufacturing photographic paper and equipment as Xerox in 1906. The company came to prominence in 1959 with the introduction of the first plain paper photocopier using the process of xerography (electrophotography) developed by Chester Carlson, the Xerox 914 which is shown here in the pic.

Murali Duggineni - 6
Deepak Bhat - 4
Ashish Golcha - 4
Nikhil Narayanan - well tried
Sushil Kumar Vashishta - 6
Debashish Mukherjee - 2
Santanu Dey - 1
Suryadeep Agrawal - 2

November 09, 2006

TriviaYogi i - Bizz 5

Q1. ConnectIQ.

What's the connect here? Well apart from the fact that both are well known faces in the fashion world :D

Connect is Reality TV Series having a common theme - Fashion Design.

Project Runaway (2004) is the American reality television series hosted by supermodel Heidi Klum aired on Bravo TV, and judged by a panel that usually includes Klum, American designer Michael Kors, ELLE magazine fashion director Nina Garcia, and a fourth judge - typically a fashion designer, critic or model, a celebrity or a professional from a related industry.

Project Catwalk (2006) is the British version of this reality TV series which is hosted by Elizabeth 'Liz' Hurley and aired on Sky ONE. It is judged by a panel that includes designer Julian MacDonald and ELLE magazine Editor-in-Chief Lorraine Candy and a thrid judge - typically a fashion designer, fashion model or celebrity from the fashion industry.

Q2. LogoSquare. Identify the logos

i) Sula Vineyards (Sula Wines)

ii) Future Group - Kishore Biyani’s Pantaloon Retail India is a Future Group venture.

iii) Elizabeth Hurley Beach – A clothing company created by Elizabeth Hurley. EH is an international luxury lifestyle brand featuring beach wear collection designed by Liz

iv) Dassault Aviation

Q3. Identify this famous investor, Forbes named him as the #1 venture capitalist in the year 2004. His notable investments include Tivoli Systems (acquired by IBM), Forte Software (acquired by Sun Microsystems), Kiva Software (acquired by Netscape), Information Advantage (acquired by Sterling Software), Arbortext (acquired by PTC), Resonext Communications (acquired by RF Micro Devices), Showcase (acquired by SPSS) and Zettacom (acquired by IDT)

Promod Haque of Norwest Venture Partners.

Q4. One of their first products was Auréole an innovative hair colour formula invented by its founder. Later the founder registered the company as Société Française de Teintures Inoffensives pour Cheveux (Safe Hair Dye Company of France). Michael Bar-Zohar's Bitter Scent revolves around the company's involvement in the pits of Nazi ideology during World War II.

Identify this company.

L’Oreal. Eugene Schueller founded L'Oreal

Q5. ConnectIQ. What's the connect?

Sodexho - A French multinational corporation and one of the largest foodservice companies in the world

Show in the picture is its founder Pierre Bellon, the SodexhoPASS Meal Voucher and Gift Voucher

Q6. Whose print ad is this?

The Economist

Q7. In the 18th century Julius Johannes, a qualified miller noticed that several women factory workers ended up getting reduced time for housework and preparation of meals, working class families suffered from poor nutrtion. In view of this state of affairs Julius decided to produce appliances for roasting and grinding dried vegetables (peas and beans) given their rich nutritive value, to make flour thus enabling housewives to make a quick nourishing soup.

Eventually, he put his instant product - vegetable powders - on the market. Julius distinguished his products by a four branched star, with a cross in its heart. The Cross-Star trademark was registered. Today we know this brand by a different category of product than the one it started with.

Identify the brand

Maggi (the 2 minute noodles brand now under Nestle)

The picture on the left shows an artist probably painting the 24th copy of one of his most famous creations (well it's known that he created 24 copies of his original work).
The picture on the right shows the US Trademark Registration No 34690 granted on July 10, 1900 to this artist's creation. A seemingly innocuous request from a person led to the disappearance of his work as a label trademark. Today we know it as one of the most well recognised images till date.

Which trademark? Enough clues in the picture :-)

His Master's Voice (HMV). Nipper a little fox terrier sits inquisitively listening to his master's voice coming from the horn. the famous painting is one of the world's most recognized and best loved trademarks. Francis Barraud painted HMV
. Emile Berliner (the German-born and Washington-based inventor of the flat disc record and the gramophone) sought a trademark for it which was granted by the patent office on July 10, 1900. Pic1 Pic2

Q9. Tuvalu is a Polynesian island nation located in the Pacific Ocean with a total area of just 26 sqkm and is the second-least populated independent country in the world. The government of Tuvalu derives about one-fourth of its revenues from returns on International Trust Fund investments what is the other major component of revenue for this island nation?

The other major component of revenue comes from leasing its highly fortuitous .tv Internet Top Level Domain (TLD) and from use of its area code for "900" line (premium rate telephone numbers)

Q10. Identify the companies against their NYSE tickers

i. COF - Capital One

ii. BSX - Boston Scientific

iii. HET - Harrah's Entertainment

iv. PD - Phelps Dodge

Scores (in the order of receipt)

Nikhil Narayanan - 4 (got sula wines correct)
Murali Duggineni - 6
Ashish Golcha - 8
Rohit Jain - 3
Santanu Dey - 4
Balaji Krishnan - 1
Mahendra Singh Chauhan - 6
Shrinidhi Rai - well tried
Jeevesh Gupta - 3
Jacob Dijo - well tried

October 17, 2006

TriviaYogi i - Bizz 4

Q1. ConnectiQ

founders of a successful web start-up.
the pic below shows a cat pawing at a dangling string

Connect is YouTube. The pic shows founders of YouTube (Chad Hurley, Steven Chen and Jawed Karim from l to r). They were the employees of PayPal prior to starting this hugely successful startup which has now been taken over by Google.

Shot by Steve Chen the first video to debut on YouTube shows Steve’s cat ‘Pajamas’ pawing a dangling string. (Video here)

Q2. Identify the Logos

1. Essenza Di Wills – an exclusive line of prestige fragrance products from ITC

2. Oberoi Hotels

3. Grameen Bank (Banking for the Poor)

4. DBS – Development Bank of Singapore

Q3. Identify these symbols? ( an explanation...appreciated :-) )

The ubiquitous coding system used by our Mumbai Dabbawalah’s.

Eg: Symbol no 2

D : Code for Dabbawala at residential station

GH : Ghatkopar (suburb in Mumbai)

13 : Code for destination station eg: Churchgate Station (Nariman Point)

2 P 9 : Code for Dabbawalas at destination

P : Prajapati Towers (building name)

9 : Floor No.

Q4. Time - Summer of 1967. Location - Charni Road.

Mrs. Sheela Mane, a 28-year-old housewife residing in flat on Charni Road is out in the balcony drying clothes. From her second floor flat she can see her neighbours on the road. There are other people too. The crowd seems to be growing larger by the minute. Unable to curb her curiosity Sheela Mane hurries down to see what all the commotion is about. She expects the worst but can see no signs of an accident. It is her four-year-old who draws her attention to the hoarding that has come up overnight. Something or rather someone was introduced to the world and People simply loved it.

What was it?

The Utterly Butterly girl (Amul Moppet).
In 1966 Sylvester daCunha, then the managing director of the advertising agency, ASP, clinched the account for Amul butter. The Amul girl was created by "Eustace Fernandez (the art director) and Sylvester daCunha.

Q5. Whose print ads are these?

@ Ad 2 – a hoarding that’s put up in Pune. (an example of Curiosity Advertising). Name the brand.

ad 1 – Air India The occasion - celebrating 50 years of flying to Paris (Check it here)

ad 2 – Shark Tooth the indigenously developed vodka brand by Diageo

Q6. With a desire to apply the “Think Global Act Local” strategy this ex-IITian duo started their new venture targeting the local web user population. Their product uses Crawl Technology, a complex computing system that crawls the web identifying local content using sophisticated algorithms.

Identify this start up whose name is derived from ‘a person who provides guidance to other in times of need’.

As Baidu is to China Guruji is to India. The Indian search engine founded by Anurag Dod and Gaurav Mishra.

Q7 In 1941 George de Mestral while hiking with his dog along the alpine countryside was inspired by this natural phenomenon, he was prompt enough to appreciate it's engineering implications. After eight years of efforts he developed the product and a process that could deliver it consistently. The product is ubiqutous today and its name synonymous with its trademark that was derived from the French words 'crochet' and 'velours'.

Name the brand.


Q8 Identify this business personality.

Carly Fiorina (ex President and CEO HP). She has recently released her book Tough Choices: A Memoir

Q9 ConnectiQ (the picture says it all)

The late Geoffrey Frost ex-Chief Marketing Officer Motorola and the person instrumental in reviving Brand Motorola. With WPP Group's Ogilvy & Mather, Frost shaped the "Moto" campaign and the hugely successful line up of cell phones with four letter names - RAZR, PEBL, ROKR, CRZR, RIZR. The GFRY Design Studio (Geoffrey Frost Memorial) at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago is a tribute to this marketing legend.

Q10 In 1783 Smith Kendon proprietor of a small London based firm produced the original recipe for this product. It was promoted as a 'stomach calmative' that would relieve intestinal discomfort (the products ads suggested that it could act as an antidote to the poisons in the stomach). This led to the start of the iconic "curiously strong" branding campaign that still defines the brand to this day.
Identify the brand.

‘The Curiously Strong Mint’

September 25, 2006

TriviaYogi i - Bizz 3

Q1. Hundreds and thousands of times, for her I searched in chaos, suddenly, I turned by chance, to where the lights were waning, and there she stood.
These lines compare the search for retreating beauty amid chaotic glamour with the search for one's dream while confronted by life's many obstacles. Identify this company (a big hint there)

The name of Baidu is inspired by a poem constructed in the ci form by the poet Xin Qiji, written more than 800 years ago during the Song Dynasty. The poem compares the search for a retreating beauty amid chaotic glamour with the search for one's dream while confronted by life's many obstacles. Hundreds and thousands of times, for her I searched in chaos, suddenly, I turned by chance, to where the lights were waning, and there she stood. Baidu, literally meaning hundreds of times.

Q2. This was the first logo designed by the company’s founders in 1976. Not continuing with it for long they replaced it with the iconic logo that we know today. Name this maverick company.

Apple Logo. Steve Jobs and Ronald Wayne designed the first logo. It depicts Sir Isaac Newton sitting under an Apple Tree. It was immediately replaced by the one designed by Rob Janoff (the rainbow coloured silhouette of an apple with a bite taken out of it)

Q3. The founder J Darius Bikoff began his personal quest for better water in the early 1990s when a New York city water scare lead him to scour local supermarkets for a healthier alternative to tap water and a more beneficial option than spring water. There were many waters out there, but none offered any more value than the rest. When Bikoff did his own research, he found a void in the bottled water industry
. He thus created ______________ brand. (think M&A)

A brand form Energy Brands Inc. The Tatas have picked a 30% stake (for $677 million) in this US based company. Their immensely successful line of products includes the vitaminwater, fruitwater and smartwater.

Q4. He worked as a brand manager at Spinnaker Software post his MBA and in 1995, he founded Yoyodyne a leading interactive direct marketing company, Yahoo! acquired Yoyodyne in late 1998. Last year he launched his new venture Squidoo. Identify this personality?

Seth Godin.
Godin graduated from Tufts University in 1982 with a degree in computer science and philosophy, he earned his MBA in marketing from Stanford Business School . From 1983 to 1986, he worked as a brand manager at Spinnaker Software.In 1995, Godin founded one of the first online marketing companies, Yoyodyne. He sold the company to Yahoo! in 1998. As a part of the sale to Yahoo!, Godin became Vice-President of Permission Marketing at Yahoo!

Q5. The Mosaic symbol of this company is meant to convey the diversity and dynamism that define its group cos around the world. In its bright colors and unmistakable energy, the Mosaic symbol is meant to be a visual metaphor for the _______ family of companies. Which group is being referred to here?

Altria Group.
It is the parent company of Kraft Foods, Philip Morris International, Philip Morris USA and Philip Morris Capital Corporation. It changed its name from Philip Morris Co to Altria in order to reflect its identity as a parent company for both the tobacco and food companies

Q6. In 1806 William founded this company which predominantly sold starch, soap, and candles he then partnered with Francis Smith and subsequently in 1812 purchased Smith's share of the company after which he offered a partnership to his brother Bowles. In 1820 they introduced their company's two major products Windsor soap and Pearl starch. The entity as we know today was formed in 1928 after a merger with B.J.Johnson Soap Co. Identify the company.

Colgate and Palmolive. The B.J. Johnson Soap Co was renamed to Palmolive & Co due to their best selling soap. It took over Peet Brothers to form Palmolive Peet Co. In 1928 Palmolive Peet Co merged with Colgate

Q7. Identify whose print ad is this and it's purpose? (very workable)

It is an ad for a fictional furniture brand depicts the soccer star Marco Materazzi as a durable armoire. Carlo Cavallone, a copywriter at Wieden & Kennedy in Amsterdam , the agency that created the campaign for Nike, says the ads were intended to rub it in a bit, but without being chauvinistic. Materazzi is shown in the shape of an armoire, as a stylized representation of a fictional furniture brand called Armadi Materazzi. Its slogan: Solidit mondiale testata a prova di testate (World-class solidity, proven to be head-butt-proof).

Q8. It was started in 1892 with the manufacturing of biscuits in a small house in central Kolkata. Later the business was acquired by the Gupta brothers and operated under the name of V.S.Brothers. In 1918 C.H. Holmes, an English businessman was taken as a partner and the company was launched with its present name. A well known Indian business family and Groupe Danone are stakeholders in it. Name the company.

Britannia Industries

Q9. This question was forwarded by a friend (Ashish Dikshit) and a further exploration lead me to a biz angle :-D.

What do the pictures / symbols signify? What's the business application of these pictures/symbols? (a toughie)

These are Crop Circles (agriglyphs) ( Crop Circles are areas of cereal or similar crops that have been systematically flattened to form various geometric patterns. The biz application part is Advertising. Circlemakers is one such company founded by John Lundberg (UK) which is into advertising through crop circles. has created numerous crop circles since the mid 1990s for movies, T Shows, music videos, adverts and PR Stunts. Clients to date have included Microsoft (X Box campaign), Nike, Shredded Wheat, AMD, Hello Kitty, Pepsi, Weetabix, BBC, The Sun, Mitsubishi, O2, Big Brother, National, NBC TV, Orange Mobile, History Channel and the Discovery Channel.

Q10. An easy one to end with, identify the companies with their NYSE ticker symbols

BOL - Bausch and Lomb

HDI - Harley Davidson (On Aug 15 2006 the ticker was changed to HOG)

FNM - Fannie Mae

MHP - McGraw Hill Publications

WHR - Whirlpool Corp

September 04, 2006

TriviaYogi i - Bizz 2

Q 1. In October 1899, John Barbey and a group of of investors launched the Reading Glove and the Mitten Manufacturing Company. Starting with a total investment of 11000 $, a 320 sqft factory was leased for 60$ a month. This became the predecessor to a world famous apparel company. Name it.

V F Corporation (Vanity Fair) - one of the world's largest apparel companies and a leader in jeanswear, intimate apparel, daybacks and workwear. The brands under VF include Lee, Wrangler, H.I.S, Bulwark, Jansport, Nautica, Vanity Fair and many more.

Q 2. Identify the logo - one of the biggest apparel makers in the world.

Mattel. Annually, more than 105 million yards of fabric go into making clothes for Barbie and her friends.

Q 3. Established by ______________ in 1928, the group started as an indenting house (importing and distributing foreign goods) and became a distributor of several popular consumer products with world-renowed brand names like Wood wards, Cadburys, Lever, Ovaltine, Pond's, Kelloggs, Brylcreem, Beecham, Waterman's, Shaeffers, Sunlight and many more.

Name the group and its founder

TTK Group. It was founded in 1928 by TT Krishnamachari the ex-finance minister of India.

Q 4. Connect the two personalities with their company logo

Hint: They were associated with Intel

Vinod Dham and Tushar Dave founded New Path Ventures LLC the first Indo-US venture capital fund that focuses on cross border investments to leverage India's cost effective talent and high growth emerging market.

Tushar Dave started his career at Intel as a Design Engineer in the advanced processor development group and played a key role in the design of 32-bit microprocessor.
Vinod Dham needs no introduction :-)

Q 5. Connect the visuals.

Hint: A company that's specialising in solutions for the retail and the financial industry.

. The company began as the National Manufacturing Company (pic2 is its logo) of Dayton Ohio which was established to manufacture and sell the first mechanical cash register (pic3) invented in 1879 by James Ritty (pic4). In 1884 the company and the patents were bought by John Henry Patterson (pic1) and his brother Frank Jefferson Patterson and the firm was renamed the National Cash Register (NCR) Company.

August 19, 2006

TriviaYogi i - Bizz 1

Q1) Name this influential thinker, professor and a former Secretary of Labor US Government (Bill Clinton)

He is Robert B. Reich, Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. He has served in three national administrations, most recently as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton. He has written ten books, including The Work of Nations, which has been translated into 22 languages; the best-sellers The Future of Success and Locked in the Cabinet, and his most recent book, Reason. His articles have appeared in the New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal. Robert Reich is co-founding editor of The American Prospect magazine. (that's the extension question 3 :) ). His weekly commentaries on public radio's "Marketplace" are heard by nearly five million people.

Q2) Connect this Knight Commander, Royal Victorian Order 1998 (Hint : Prince Charles's confidante) to the famous accountancy firm. (Please elaborate the connection)

Sir Michael Peat, he is the trusted member of the Clarence House and a private secretary to Charles, Prince of Wales since 2002. The connect here is that he is the great grand son of William Barclay Peat founder of the accountancy firm Peat Warwick which was later merged with other entities to form KPMG (Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler formed in 1987 with the merger of Peat Marwick International (PMI) and Klynveld Main Goerdeler (KMG), and their respective member firms). Sir Michael Peat also worked with KPMG from 1972 – 1993.

Q3) An extension of Q 1 here. What connects these three personalities?

Founders of the famous American Prospect Magazine viz Robert Reich, Robert Kuttner and Paul Starr respectively. This popular magazine was founded in 1990

Q 4) Connect a Before-After, the person on the right is at the helm of this telecom major after replacing the person on the left this June 2006?

Jorma Ollila and Olli Pekka Kallasvuo. Kallasvuo replaced Ollila this June as the President and CEO of NOKIA

Q 5) Connect the three pictures

PS: Courtesy Tata Crucible 2005, it's not the entire question one of the pics has not been included.

The Connect is Dollar Vests. First pic is the plant location of Bhawani Textiles Ltd makers of the popular Dollar Vests and Briefs. Salman Khan endorses their men's brand and Pokemon is their series of products for children (vests and briefs).