181 Business Trivia Questions (From Wall Street To Silicon Valley)

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Eli Robinson
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September 5, 2022

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181 Business Trivia Questions (From Wall Street To Silicon Valley)

  1. Famous for being the world's first publicly traded company on the world's first stock exchange, what defunct company holds the record for the most valuable company ever? After adjusting for inflation, the value is more than $7 trillion in today's dollars.  Answer: Dutch East India Trading Company
  2. What is the last name of the business tycoon behind the "No. 5" perfume?  Answer: Chanel
  3. What American businesswoman wrote a book encouraging women to "Lean In" to their work and stated the following? "A truly equal world would be one where women ran half our countries and companies and men ran half our homes."  Answer: Sheryl Sandberg
  4. Kevin Plank remains the CEO of what apparel company that he founded in 1996?  Answer: Under Armour
  5. What public U.S. technology company had the 3rd highest Market Cap at the close of each quarter in 2017? The company's name is a portmanteau.  Answer: Microsoft
  6. What technology company was founded in 1982, had a portmanteau name, was acquired by Hewlett-Packard in 2002, and briefly featured Apple CEO Tim Cook as a Vice President?  Answer: Compaq
  7. What set of processes was introduced by Motorola employee Bill Smith in 1986 and solidified its spot in the business world after Jack Welch made it a central part of his strategy at General Electric in 1995?  Answer: Six Sigma
  8. In January of 2018, Amazon, JP Morgan, and what third corporate behemoth announced a plan to work together on providing transparent healthcare plans to employees?  Answer: Berkshire Hathaway
  9. What company was founded in 1888 by British businessman Cecil Rhodes and controls 35% of the global market for its main product? The company's initial financing was provided by the Rothschild Family.  Answer: De Beers
  10. What is the last name of the current head of the U.S. Small Business Administration? With first name Linda, she is also a co-founder of WWE.  Answer: McMahon
  11. What founder of the Roc Nation entertainment company once famously said the following? "I'm not a businessman; I'm a business, man."  Answer: Jay Z
  12. What is the common five-word business rule or maxim that has been attributed to consumer-focused entrepreneurs such as H. Gordon Selfridge and John Wanamaker?  Answer: The customer is always right
  13. Bret Easton Ellis wrote what 2-word novel in 1991 about a serial killer and Manhattan businessman?  Answer: American Psycho
  14. Anne Wojcicki co-founded and currently is CEO of what privately genomics and biotechnology company that won Time Magazine's "Invention of the Year" award in in 2008 for offering the first at-home autosomal DNA test for ancestral purposes?  Answer: 23andMe
  15. At the height of Frank Lloyd Wright's career in 1927, he surprised contemporaries by designing what type of retail outlet? The design was part of his utopian city concept and although intended for Buffalo, NY the structure was eventually built in Cloquet, MN where it remains in business.  Answer: Gas Station
  16. The Anglo-Persian Oil Company was founded in 1908 following the discovery of a large oil field in Masjed Soleiman, Iran. By what name is this company known today?  Answer: BP
  17. The richest man in Georgia is the Chairman of what conglomerate that contains a cable television business, a media business, and an automotive-related business?  Answer: Cox Enterprises
  18. The Italian company Piaggio manufactures a vehicle under an iconic brand synonymous with their style of a painted, pressed steel unibody vehicle. The name is inspired by the Italian word for "wasp." What is this brand?  Answer: Vespa
  19. Unsurprisingly, the Sam M. Walton School of Business is a school within what larger university?  Answer: University of Arkansas
  20. A self-confident businessman, what is the name of Jerry's father in Seinfeld?  Answer: Morty
  21. Although he was born in Ohio, this man moved to Savannah at the age of nine with his family and became associated with Geogria for much of his life as he founded, grew, bought, and sold multiple businesses, including the state's MLB baseball team. Who is this Co-Chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative?  Answer: Ted Turner
  22. The founders of Nike started the business as distributors for what "Tiger" footwear brand from Japan?  Answer: Onitsuka
  23. Born and raised in the Texas-Arkansas border town of Texarkana, what U.S. businessman was the founder of Electronic Data Systems and later ran two of the most successful third party presidential campaigns in U.S. history?  Answer: Ross Perot
  24. Both the tax preparation application TurboTax and the small business accounting program QuickBooks are products owned and sold by what publicly-traded company?  Answer: Intuit
  25. THINK was the company motto for more than 40 years, for the company often referred to as "Big Blue." What is this frequently-acronymed company?  Answer: IBM
  26. French‚ÄďLebanese‚ÄďBrazilian¬†businessman Carlos Ghosn escaped Japan in the middle of the night on December 30, 2019 by flying to Beirut while possibly hiding in a large black audio equipment box. Ghosn was facing trial in Japan and claimed he "escaped injustice." He was facing false accounting charges related to his 17 years as the CEO of what auto manufacturer? ¬†Answer: Nissan
  27. Known widely as "il Commendatore" or "il Drake," what famous motor racing driver became a household name once his surname became attached to an automobile brand?  Answer: Ferrari
  28. Reflective of Dubai's shift away from an oil-based economy towards the information and tourist sectors, what is the alliterative name of the coastal central business district that was built with over 200 buildings in the 21st century?  Answer: Business Bay
  29. The Forester and Outback were two of the top 25 best-selling cars in the U.S. in 2019. What Japanese company manufactures both of these models?  Answer: Subaru
  30. Most famous for its iconic trench coats, what British fashion company was founded in 1856 in Basingstoke, England?  Answer: Burberry
  31. AMT is the stock ticker for what Boston-based Fortune 500 company that is both a real estate investment trust and owner-operator of wireless and broadcast communications infrastructure in several countries worldwide?  Answer: American Tower
  32. What is the name for a type of rigid airship named for its German inventor that were first flown commercially in 1910 and carried tens of thousands of fare-paying passengers before World War I slowed down the airship business?  Answer: Zeppelin
  33. What notorious Boston sports fan, formerly of ESPN, sold his most recent venture to Spotify in early 2020 to bolster their podcast business?  Answer: Bill Simmons
  34. In which year did BCG officially open for business in Kuala Lumpur? Hint: In the same year, a city founded by Carthaginian general Hamilcar Barca hosted a global sporting event.  Answer: 1992
  35. He worked as a Consultant, and Project Leader at BCG between 1979 and 1982 before leaving to start his own company. He eventually entered academia as a professor at Harvard Business School. His theory of "disruptive innovation", introduced in his book The Innovator's Dilemma, has been called the most influential business idea of the early 21st century. Who?  Answer: Clayten Christensen
  36. During a brainstorming session with Nike executives just before his star client committed to Nike as his apparel sponsor, Michael Jordan's agent David Falk came up with what iconic two-word brand name?  Answer: Air Jordan
  37. The Alto computer released in 1973 was the first to feature a GUI (graphical user interface). Although Apple's far more successful Macintosh system brought the GUI to wider acclaim, what was the company that released the Alto?  Answer: Xerox
  38. What communications giant goes by the stock symbol T on the New York Stock Exchange?  Answer: AT&T
  39. Aeroflot is the flag carrier (national airline) and largest airline in what country?  Answer: Russia
  40. He attended the University of Georgia and owned several agribusinesses before entering politics. He has served as the Secretary of State in his home state while in the midst of an extremely close governorship election. He received national attention when his state was one of the first to start the "re-opening" process during the COVID-19 pandemic. Who is this man?  Answer: Brian Kemp
  41. She made her fortune by developing and marketing cosmetics and hair care products for black women. She's also listed as the first female self-made millionaire in America in the Guinness Book of World Records. Who is this woman?  Answer: Madam C. J. Walker
  42. "There's only one ______." "Get Real. Get ______." and "It's ______ or Nothin'!" are all slogans for a toy brand owned by Hasbro in which the brand's name has been removed. What is this brand? This brand sells mostly foam-based products and its late-1980s Blast-a-Ball and Arrowstorm products arguably invented an entirely new category of toys.  Answer: NERF
  43. The GMAT is an often-required standardized test for admission to graduate business schools in the United States. What does the letter "M" stand for in this initiatlism?  Answer: Management
  44. What six-letter hairstyle is popularly associated with the semi-ironic phrase "business in front, party in the back"?  Answer: Mullet
  45. What NYC-based fitness technology company raised around $75 million in its approximately four years in business before being acquired by Lululemon for $500 million in 2020?  Answer: Mirror
  46. What famous drink was introduced as "Brad's Drink" in New Bern, North Carolina in 1893 at a drugstore? The product was renamed five years later after the Greek "p" word for "digestion."  Answer: Pepsi Cola
  47. The process of reducing the number of defects is typically known in manufacturing by the letters QC. What do those letters stand for?  Answer: Quality Control
  48. October 29, 1929 is a day in which the Dow Jones industrial average dropped 11% in a single day and is commonly known by what dark two-word phrase?  Answer: Black Tuesday
  49. What is the "trashier" name for a "high yield bond" that is typically issued by companies with low credit ratings?  Answer: Junk bonds
  50. Which eyewear startup founded in 2010 began with an online-only business model and promised to donate one pair of glasses for every pair purchased?  Answer: Warby Parker
  51. Charles H. Taylor is one of six businessmen that founded a company in 1872 which has continued to exist until the present day in Boston. The company was purchased in 2013 by Boston Red Sox and Liverpool F.C. owner John W. Henry for $70 million. What is the company?  Answer: The Boston Globe
  52. What numerical chapter of bankruptcy under U.S. bankruptcy code allows a company to reorganize?  Answer: Chapter 11
  53. This common manufacturing philosophy is the combination of a number and a Greek letter. Together, they refer to a set of techniques and tools for process improvement. Jack Welch made it central to his business strategy at General Electric in 1995. What is the two-word name of this technique?  Answer: Six Sigma
  54. When the stock market index S&P 500 is referenced in the U.S., technically "S&P" no longer stands for anything. However, what did these two letters previously stand for?  Answer: Standard and Poor's
  55. Mehndi is a form of body art and temporary skin decoration that originated in ancient India and is still popular today in many countries on the Indian subcontinent. The practice uses a pasted made from the leaves of what plant?  Answer: Henna
  56. Although less famous than co-founder Jimmy Wales, Alaska native Larry Sanger was a co-founder of what famous internet property although he later quit and became publicly critical of the project?  Answer: Wikipedia
  57. The business school professor and executive Michael Porter is often associated with the concept of value-based healthcare after releasing a book in 2006 with Elizabeth Olmsted Teisberg on the topic. However, Porter is more often associated with his famous "Five ______" of business strategy. What word fill's the blank?  Answer: Forces
  58. In January 2020, global payments company Visa acquired a financial technology startup for a price of more than $5 billion. The company provides the "plumbing" for linking bank accounts to payment apps so transfers can be easily sent over Wi-Fi or cellular networks. The company shares its name with a clothing pattern. What is the company?  Answer: Plaid
  59. Paul Allen, an American billionaire who passed away in 2018, was the owner of the Portland Trailblazers (NBA), Seattle Seahawks (NFL), and a part owner of the Seattle Sounders (MLS). Before entering the world of sports ownership, Allen was best known for co-founding what company?  Answer: Microsoft
  60. What is the name of the security company founded in 2006 by two Harvard Business School students who couldn't find a security company designed to help renters? The couple was interested in the field after multiple friends in Cambridge had experienced break-ins. By 2014, the company has raised more than $50 million in venture capital.  Answer: Simplisafe
  61. What is the seven-letter name of the cloud-based business phone system that was founded in 2002 and is named after a physical feature on a digital phone?  Answer: Dialpad
  62. With a valuation north of $1 billion and more than $700 million raised in venture capital, what is the four-letter company that offers business credit cards to technology companies and brands itself as "the financial OS for the next generation of business"?  Answer: Brex
  63. What mythical term was first popularized in 2013 by venture capitalist Aileen Lee to describe a startup with a market valuation of more than $1 billion?  Answer: Unicorn
  64. In the insurance business, what is the name for a person whose job it is to analyze statistics to calculate risks and price premiums accordingly?  Answer: Actuary
  65. In January 2020, Amazon began construction of its second headquarters, known as HQ2, in the Crystal City neighborhood of Arlington County in what state?  Answer: Virginia
  66. What athleisure brand was once designed with a specific "muse" in mind: a 32-year-old woman named Ocean making $100,000 a year?  Answer: Lululemon
  67. With alumni including Elon Musk and Sundar Pichai, what is the name of the University of Pennsylvania's renowned business school?  Answer: Wharton School
  68. When the country's oldest surviving African-American bank was founded by a businesswoman in 1903 in Richmond as St. Luke Penny Savings bank, she became the first female bank president in the U.S. Who was this woman?  Answer: Maggie Walker
  69. What is the name of the Austin-based software business founded by brothers David and Donald Yonce considered to be in the middle of the December 2020 Federal government hack?  Answer: SolarWinds
  70. Although it spun off as an independent company in 1993, Allstate was founded in 1931 as part of what major American corporation?  Answer: Sears, Roebuck and Co.
  71. What kind of security, which derives its value from an underlying asset or benchmark, began as a way to limit exchange-rate risk, but now encompasses a wide range of futures, forwards, options, and swaps?  Answer: Derivative
  72. In economics, what 9-letter word means simultaneously buying an asset in one market and selling the asset in another to take advantage of price differences between markets?  Answer: Arbitrage
  73. With an initial enrollment of 50 students and the name Business Training College, what is the name of the downtown Pittsburgh university that currently has over 3,000 undergraduate students and the Pioneers as their nickname?  Answer: Point Park University
  74. The Golden 1 Center is an indoor arena located on the site of the former Downtown Plaza shopping center that opened in 2016. The title sponsor Golden 1 is what type of business? We're looking for a two-word answer that starts with the letter "C."  Answer: Credit Union
  75. Generally considered a rough proxy for whether the rewards of an investment justify the risk, Nobel Prize winner Bill Sharpe created the eponymous ratio which divides investment return by what denominator?  Answer: Standard deviation
  76. A photo of him wearing a "Monkey Business Crew" shirt with Donna Rice tanked the 1988 presidential campaign of what Colorado senator?  Answer: Gary Hart
  77. Premiering in 1961 and revived in the 1990s in a production starring Matthew Broderick, what word fills in the blank in the title of the Frank Loesser musical, "How to Succeed in Business Without Really ___?"  Answer: Trying
  78. Although mostly known for being the largest for-profit genealogy company in the world, what is the name of the Levi, Utah based company that has also sold more than 20 million DNA kits to customers?  Answer: Ancestry.com
  79. Vernon Rudolph bought a sweet yeast-raised recipe from a New Orleans chef, rented a building in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and started a company in 1937. Fast forward almost 100 years later, and the alliterative company started by Rudolph is still headquartered in North Carolina featuring a classic red-and-green logo. What is this company?  Answer: Krispy Kreme
  80. First coined and explained by 19th-century mathematician William Forster Lloyd, what is the "tragic" term in economics which describes a situation where individual users act independently according to self-interest and ultimately deplete a resource through uncoordinated action?  Answer: Tragedy of the Commons
  81. With more than $140 million in funding raised as of April 2021, what is the London-based fintech company with a Plaid-like technology that declares "We build intelligent infrastructure that puts fintech at people's fingertips. Empowering businesses in every industry to create first-class financial experiences."?  Answer: TrueLayer
  82. What document can be defined as a statement of financial position, listing a company’s assets, liabilities, and equity? It can be used to determine financial return and a business’s capital structure.  Answer: balance sheet
  83. What Tampa, Florida theme park, which first opened in 1959, was originally developed as a marketing vehicle for the owner's beer business, and featured stables housing some of the world's most famous Clydesdales?  Answer: Busch Gardens
  84. The Supply Chain Council provides a model of the¬†business¬†practices that lead from production to consumer satisfaction, a model known by what 4 letter acronym? It sounds like a word from the first sentence of the Gettysburg Address, minus the ‚ÄúE‚ÄĚ. ¬†Answer: SCOR
  85. What best-selling self-help book by Dale Carnegie, first published in 1936, helps people navigate¬†business¬†and social interactions with chapters like ‚ÄúBe A Leader‚ÄĚ? ¬†Answer: How To Win Friends And Influence People
  86. Founded in 1983 in Mountain View, CA, what accounting software was imagined as Quicken for small business owners?  Answer: QuickBooks
  87. What Canadian retail business, now a department store owner in modern day Canada, was a largely fur trading company that traded with Indigenous Canadians starting in the 17th century? It was named for a large bay that touches four provinces, discovered by Sir Henry in 1610.  Answer: Hudson's Bay Company
  88. American business "e"xecutive and philanthropist Joseph Deitch founded what Prize Foundation in 2018 to empower individuals and organizations that benefit the human experience?  Answer: Elevate
  89. The second season of the Bloomberg-produced podcast "Foundering" was released in 2021 and focused on the dramatic rise of the app TikTok. The prior year's first season focused on the rise and fall (and rise again?) of what company founded by Adam Neumann?  Answer: WeWork
  90. Referring to efforts to verify identity, suitability, and risk in a business relationship, the fintech abbreviation KYC stands for "know your WHAT?"  Answer: customer
  91. Which Autotrader product allows you to List your vehicles in outside markets. You select the DMAs where you can deliver and expand business reach and sales opportunities.  Answer: Market Extension
  92. Long before he played Ethan Hunt in the "Mission: Impossible" films, what actor played a teenager who gets into trouble while his parents are away in the 1983 film "Risky Business?"  Answer: Tom Cruise
  93. Though its CEO has described fintech company Chime as a "transaction-based, process-based business model", in May 2021, California regulators ruled that the company had to stop referring to itself as what?  Answer: A Bank
  94. The musician and actor born Calvin Broadus launched a digital media business in 2015 named Mary Jane that was focused on news about marijuana. By what moniker is Broadus more generally known?  Answer: Snoop Dogg
  95. Featuring old signs from casinos and other businesses and named after the 10th element on the Periodic Table, what museum opened in 2012 in Las Vegas?  Answer: The Neon Museum
  96. What website offers business a project management tool, and also shares its name with a day of the week?  Answer: Monday.com
  97. What ‚ÄúW‚ÄĚ insurance company, whose name is a contraction of a three word phrase about career/home balance, is part of the Cameron Insurance Group? In addition to liability insurance, they also offer personal and¬†business¬†plans. ¬†Answer: Woligo Insurance
  98. What ‚ÄúL‚ÄĚ drug testing company, founded in 1978 in North Carolina, offers 36 processing locations across the country? Its name implies the clinical nature of its¬†business. ¬†Answer: Labcorp
  99. In 2009, Coca-Cola unveiled a new slogan called ‚Äú______ Happiness.‚ÄĚ Fill in the one word blank, which implies that the can of of Coca-Cola is synonymous with happiness, and you need to drink it. ¬†Answer: Open Happiness
  100. What French personal care company, founded in 1909 and the largest cosmetic company in the world, insists that you should buy their products ‚Äúbecause you‚Äôre worth it?‚ÄĚ ¬†Answer: L'oreal
  101. "There's No Business Like Show Business" is a song written by Irving Berlin for what classic Broadway musical about the life of sharpshooter Annie Oakley?  Answer: Annie Get Your Gun
  102. Mice named Sniff and Scurry are two of the main characters in what motivational business fable book by Dr. Spencer Johnson?  Answer: Who Moved My Cheese?
  103. What kind of investor provides capital for a start-up business, in exchange or ownership equity? They probably get their incredibly positive name from taking a risky investment at an early stage.  Answer: Angel Investor
  104. Beating out Australia, India, and Turkey, what north hemisphere country is the world’s largest grower of lentils and produces more than half of the world’s total lentil exports?  Answer: Canada
  105. The only African country to make it to the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup semi-finals more than once is what nation with enough business for three capital cities?  Answer: South Africa
  106. The company that manufactures AstroTurf, calling itself ‚ÄúThe Surface Specialists‚ÄĚ and the world‚Äôs biggest¬†business¬†dedicated to athletic surfaces, is ______group. Fill in the one word blank, an activity of physical exertion and skill often involving competition for entertainment. ¬†Answer: Sportgroup
  107. One of Lockheed Martin‚Äôs core¬†businesses is to offer missiles and ________ Control. Fill in the one word blank, which The Doors asked to ‚ÄúLight My ______‚ÄĚ in 1967. ¬†Answer: Fire Control
  108. Commonly nicknamed ‚ÄúBlack Wall Street‚ÄĚ due to the thriving African American¬†business¬†within the area, what district in Tulsa, Oklahoma was burned to the ground during the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre? ¬†Answer: Greenwood
  109. Canada Goose avoided 2021's supply chain issues by exporting all their goods from what very guessable country that manufactures them?  Answer: Canada
  110. The ‚ÄúTop Of The Rock‚ÄĚ, an observatory designed like an ocean-liner, is on top of what NYC skyscraper and center? It is named after a 19th and early 20th century¬†business¬†magnate, although it is probably better known as a home for NBC and for the show ‚Äú30 Rock.‚ÄĚ ¬†Answer: Rockefeller Center
  111. The 2002 Eminem song "Business" is about Eminem's successful partnership with what rapper who went on to found Beats Electronics?  Answer: Dr. Dre
  112. Canada's vertical $10 banknote features a portrait of what successful Black businesswoman who was jailed, convicted and fined for defiantly refusing to leave a whites-only area of a movie theatre in 1946?  Answer: Viola Desmond
  113. Opening for business in 1893, what hotel located across from Chicago's Grant Park was declared the most haunted place in Illinois by Travel + Leisure magazine in 2016?  Answer: Congress Plaza Hotel
  114. A 2021 Lil Nas X song, whose music video addresses the lawsuit Nike filed against his ‚ÄúSatan Shoes‚ÄĚ, is about an ‚Äú______ Baby.‚ÄĚ Fill in the one word blank, an ‚ÄúI‚ÄĚ word usually associated the economic strength of a particular¬†business. ¬†Answer: Industry Baby
  115. A couple of German immigrants started a monocle business in Rochester, New York: those are the humble-ish beginnings of what contact lense-makin' juggernaut?  Answer: Bausch + Lomb
  116. What 2019 Guy Ritchie film stars Matthew McConaughey as an American trying to sell off his cannabis business in London?  Answer: The Gentlemen
  117. On January 3, 2021, what former businesswoman was found guilty of four of 11 charges for defrauding investors out of hundreds of millions of dollars while she was CEO of Theranos?  Answer: Elizabeth Holmes
  118. What spin-off of ‚ÄúAll In The Family‚ÄĚ, starting in 1975, features Sherman Helmsley and Isabel Sanford as the titular African-American couple, moving into a white high rise building due to the success of the family dry cleaning¬†business? ¬†Answer: The Jeffersons
  119. An important ratio that helps home buyers determine how much house they can afford, DTI stands for what, in real-estate parlance?  Answer: Debt to Income
  120. No lie: Burger Kings in Russia briefly launched a cryptocurrency named after what signature burger?   Answer: Whopper
  121. Howard Aiken received a PhD in Physics from Harvard in 1939, and in 1944 he installed the Harvard Mark I, a computer designed for what giant company in the computer field?  Answer: International Business Machines
  122. What ‚ÄúC‚ÄĚ term refers to the period when a home sale is considered final. For a lot of¬†businesses, it‚Äôs a time around 5 PM. ¬†Answer: Closing
  123. What ‚ÄúB‚ÄĚ term refers to a warehouse that is managed by the customs office or the government, allowing companies to store taxable goods for¬†business¬†purposes? It is a word also used to describe something that is securely joined to another thing, often by adhesive. ¬†Answer: Bonded Warehouse
  124. A museum in Dover, DE that is dedicated to 19th and 20th century¬†businessman E.R. Johnson, is particularly focused on what ‚ÄúV‚ÄĚ invention made by his company, one of the leading phonographs and record players of the early 20th century? ¬†Answer: Victrola
  125. Founded in 1884 in Leeds, the acronym M&S refers to what UK retail giant whose products include clothing, home accessories, flowers, and furniture?  Answer: Marks & Spencer
  126. Reflecting its headquarters at Love Field in Dallas, as well as an old marketing campaign in which in-flight snacks were called "love bites" and "love potions," LUV is the stock-ticker symbol of what directionally named airline?  Answer: Southwest
  127. What is the four-word formal title of the UK position currently held by Rishi Sunak, roughly equivalent to the United States Secretary of the Treasury?  Answer: Chancellor of the Exchequer
  128. Crown Royal whiskey is produced in what country with QE2 on their $20 bill?  Answer: Canada
  129. Broadway St in Cincinnati is home to a Casino based on what musical business franchise, often associated with a chain of cafes and its collection of music memorabilia? Bands associated with its titular genre include Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin.  Answer: Hard Rock Casino
  130. A harbour adjacent to Sydney, Australia‚Äôs city centre, on the western outskirts of the city‚Äôs¬†business¬†district, is ______ Harbour. Fill in the one word ‚ÄúD‚ÄĚ blank, a term of affection and the surname of the family that ‚ÄúPeter Pan‚ÄĚ visits. ¬†Answer: Darling Harbour
  131. A startup company that offers affordable 401K plans to small and medium-sized¬†businesses is ______ Interest. Fill in the one word ‚ÄúH‚ÄĚ blank, a member of the species Homo Sapien. ¬†Answer: Human Interest
  132. Who was nicknamed "The Prophet of Spindletop" for his work in the Texas oil business? He leased the land on Sour Hill Mound to Anthony Lucas for drilling, resulting in the gusher that changed the oil industry.  Answer: Patillo Higgins
  133. A company that helps¬†businesses deploy open source PostgreSQL is ______ Data. Fill in the one word ‚ÄúC‚ÄĚ blank, also an adjective used to describe making a sharp noise when bitten or crushed. ¬†Answer: Crunchy Data
  134. What prestigious private research university in Houston is named, not for a staple grain grown in paddies, but for the businessman whose fortune was used to found the university?  Answer: Rice
  135. Former J.P. Morgan Chase employee Bruno Iksil acquired what large mammalian nickname after losing the company a staggering $6.2 billion with a 2012 trade?  Answer: London Whale
  136. Got an idea for a new product? Before you open a business, which key principle of startup would you use to confirm people want to buy what you want to sell?  Answer: Market validation
  137.  Businesses can save money on liability insurance by getting a policy with SIR. No, that’s not a person. What is SIR an acronym for?  Answer: Self-insured retention
  138. In 2012, President Barack Obama signed the JOBS Act (also known as the CROWDFUND Act) into law to help small businesses in the U.S. get funded. What does the acronym JOBS stand for?  Answer: Jumpstart Our Busines Startups
  139. The Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, Texas is named after what business magnate who ran for president as an independent or third-party candidate in 1992 and 1996?  Answer: H. Ross Perot
  140. Bearing the names of two 19th-century businessmen (one of whom also gives his name to the most populous city in a different state), which building in Portland is the tallest in Oregon?  Answer: Wells Fargo Center
  141. The ______ Principle states that starting a business actually gives entrepreneurs a chance to see other opportunities that they would not have known about (or been able to pursue) otherwise.  Answer: Corridor
  142. If you work in supply chain management you’re probably familiar with the top software company in the business. What’s the name of the company that started in Germany in 1972 that’s especially well-known for its enterprise resource planning (ERP) software and more recently its cloud-based products?  Answer: SAP
  143. GNI is the end-of-the-year tally of how much money a country’s people and businesses earned. The equation could look like: the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) + what its citizens earned abroad - how much the country had to pay out abroad. The amount used to be called gross national product (GDP). What does GNI stand for?  Answer: Gross National Income
  144. Which term applies when you take over a fledgling business and sell off whatever it has (like property) to make money rather than trying to save it?  Answer: Asset Stripping
  145. Named the World's Most Powerful Woman by Forbes Magazine in 2021, MacKenzie Scott's roughly $50 billion fortune is thanks to her 4% stake in which company, one of the "Big Five" tech companies, alongside Alphabet, Apple, Meta, and Microsoft?  Answer: Amazon
  146. Urban _____ is the rapid spread of a city‚Äôs¬†businesses and housing into nearby land‚ÄĒusually with little to no planning. ¬†Answer: Sprawl
  147. What company (headquartered in Washington, not Alaska) traces its roots to a 1930s company started by Linious McGee to help support his fur trading business?  Answer: Alaska Airlines
  148. Which global fintech and SaaS company, founded in Ireland in 2009, gives businesses the ability to process online payments in more than 100 currencies, or in-person with a physical card reader they can hook up to a smartphone that connects with Terminal (its POS)?  Answer: Stripe
  149. If you want to make a¬†business¬†idea come to life, first you need to have an MVP‚ÄĒa very basic, but functional, version of your product that you can test out with potential investors and buyers. Not quite your ‚ÄúMost Valuable Player,‚ÄĚ but what does MVP stand for? ¬†Answer: Minimum Viable Product
  150. Name the company: Founded in 2003; Won a Codie award for "Best Business Intelligence Solution" in 2008; Acquired by Salesforce in 2019.  Answer: Tableau
  151. Brand ______ refers to the value a brand’s name gives a product beyond what the product actually does by design. Basically, it’s the "coolness factor" a consumer perceives getting when they own a brand-name product.  Answer: Equity
  152. Fair Isaac Corporation came up with a way to calculate your creditworthiness, but you probably know the company as what four-letter acronym that's associated with your credit score?  Answer: FICO
  153. If your business offers a product or proprietary technology, which type of formal agreement can customers can pay for that gives them permission to use it while you still own the rights?  Answer: License
  154. If B2B means ‚Äúbusiness-to-business‚ÄĚ (when¬†businesses interact with each other) it makes sense that B2C means¬†business-to-_____ (when¬†businesses interact with end-users or customers). ¬†Answer: Consumer
  155. What DC-area restaurant chain, whose name sounds like a business communication, is famous for its Ted's Tarts, a homemade take on Pop-Tarts?  Answer: Ted's Bulletin
  156. Ding-dong! Which Amazon communication service for businesses lets you chat with folks in real-time using whichever method serves you best?  Answer: Chime
  157. What food manufacturing company headquartered in Battle Creek, Michigan, uses several animal mascots to sell its cereals, such as Newton the Owl, Tony the Tiger, and a rooster named Cornelius?  Answer: The Kellogg Company (Kellogg's)
  158. Which term describes a group of businesses built on the same property that make use of renewable resources and recycling?  Answer: Eco-Industrial Park
  159. Pete Townshend had nothing to do with monkeypox being declared a public health emergency by what, uh, international, uh, wellness, uh, consortium?  Answer: World Health Organization / WHO
  160. If you’re borrowing money to finance your business and you want to know how much interest you’ll pay on it in a year, look for the APR. What is APR an acronym for?  Answer: Annual Percentage Rate
  161. Zoho's a suite of web-based business tools includes a password manager that shares its name with which super-secure storage container that's usually guarded with a combination lock and found in banks (or perhaps hidden behind a painting in your office)?  Answer: Vault
  162. Which city that starts with M is the financial heart of the Philippines, with more than 62,000 registered businesses as of 2012?  Answer: Makati
  163. Money back guaranteed if you don't like this question: What 3-letter network has made home shopping into a multi-billion dollar business? But wait, there's more! It's owned by Qurate Retail Group. HSN is its sister station. Lori Greiner is its "Queen." Operators standing by for your answer.  Answer: QVC
  164. Often expressed as a percentage, which ‚ÄúM‚ÄĚ term refers to how much money your product has earned after you take your expenses into account? ¬†Answer: Margin
  165. Capital ______ (CAPEX) refers to how much money a company has to shell out to improve their¬†business‚ÄĒfor example, through buying or updating the equipment they use to make their product. ¬†Answer: Expenditure
  166. According to the ______ Doctrine (or Clause), the jurisdiction over an investment comes down to whichever country that investment is located in.  Answer: Calvo
  167. A co-_____(co-op for short) is a kind of¬†business¬†that isn‚Äôt owned by just a small group of people. Instead, lots of people‚ÄĒincluding consumers‚ÄĒcan own a part of it. ¬†Answer: Operative
  168. While most mammals are in the pregnancy¬†business¬†what oft duck-billed ‚ÄúP‚ÄĚ monotreme, ostensibly not a fan of Labor Day, actually lays eggs in lieu of the whole live birth thing? ¬†Answer: Platypus
  169. Named after Syrian-Saudi-Canadian¬†businessman Wafic Rida Sa√Įd, the Sa√Įd¬†Business¬†School is the¬†business¬†school of which British university? ¬†Answer: University of Oxford
  170. Starring Michael Keaton as titular business mogul Ray Kroc, the 2016 film "The Founder" portrays the origin story of what golden-arches fast-food chain?  Answer: McDonald's
  171. Clocking in at 2 hours and 32 minutes (according to its IMDB.com runtime), which of the 9 movies in the Skywalker Saga is the longest?  Answer: The Last Jedi
  172. What’s the name of the tree-covered planet that Wookies call home?  Answer: Kashyyyk
  173. The planet of Tatooine is part of a binary star system. Its two suns share what name, being distinguished only by Roman numerals following this name?  Answer: Tatoo (Tatoo I and Tatoo II)
  174. With long limbs, lozenge-shaped furry bodies, and a name that contains lots of letters from the end of the alphabet, what species of Endor included Joh Yowza and Wam Lufba?  Answer: Yuzzum
  175. The first film in the Skywalker Saga, which Star Wars movie (Episode I) was released in 1999 and starred Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, and Natalie Portman?  Answer: The Phantom Menace
  176. Featuring noted rogue Han Solo's proposal to Princess Leia, the 2022 latest Star Wars novel is called "The Princess and the" WHAT?  Answer: Scoundrel
  177. ‚ÄúStar Wars¬†Episode II: Attack of the ______‚ÄĚ was released in 2002 and welcomed back an all-star cast, including Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, and Samuel L. Jackson. ¬†Answer: Clones
  178. Combining a Star Wars character, red cups popular with fraternities, arias in operas, and Alex Honnold’s daring rock climbing style would get you a group of WHAT?  Answer: Solos
  179. What is the name of the carnivorous creature from Tatooine that C-3PO is talking about when he says "In its belly, you will find a new definition of pain and suffering, as you are slowly digested over a thousand years?"  Answer: Sarlacc
  180. At Wimbledon in 2022, Ons Jabeur became the first African woman to reach a Grand Slam singles final in the Open Era. She's from what way northern African country that doubled as Tatooine in "Star Wars"?  Answer: Tunisia
  181. "Exsqueeze me", "I spake", and "Oh, Gooberfish!" are lines spoken by which divisive character in "Star Wars: Episode 1- The Phantom Menace?"  Answer: Jar Jar Binks

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