September 26, 2007

Thursday Trivia -5 Steve Jobs special

•Steve Jobs was born on the 24th of February 1955 in San Francisco, California and one week later put up for adoption by his unmarried mother who was attending graduate school

• Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak went into business together producing “Blue Boxes” which used a whistle from Cap’n Crunch breakfast cereal boxes to reproduce the 2600Hz tone used by the AT&T long distance telephone system, which allowed free long distance phone calls to be made.

• One of the reasons why Steve Jobs & Steve Wozniak named there company as Apple – Apple would come before Atari in the phone book

•To raise capital for Apple computers Steve Wozniak sold his HP 65 electronic calculator for $500 and Steve Jobs sold his Volkswagen bus for $1000, but the buyer paid only half because the van blew its engine within weeks of the sale

•Steve Jobs and Mike Scott fought over the awarding of employee numbers, Steve jobs was upset that he was designated employee number two, to Steve Wozniak's number one. Steve Jobs finally fought and got “Number Zero”

•Steve Jobs named Apple’s personal computer as Lisa. Apple stated that the name was an acronym for Local Integrated Software Architecture. Lisa is the name of Steve jobs first daughter. He refused to accept Lisa as his own daughter, he went to a paternity test, the report came back showing a 94.97% chance that he was the father of Lisa Nicole

•Steve Jobs & Wozniak, without any college degrees, money or experience went on to build a Fortune 500 companies in less than five years

•“If you wanted to get Steve jobs to agree to a new idea, something that was a good idea but that Jobs hadn’t thought of, you told him the idea, and then just let him reject it. A couple of weeks later he would come rushing over to you and tell you how he had just had a great idea and would proceed to tell you the same idea. As far as Steve was concerned, it was now his idea ”Reality Distortion field" is the phrase coined by Apple employees to describe this tactic

•Steve jobs sold most of his stock in the aftermath of his departure in 1986, he retained only a single share in Apple just to receive the company’s annual reports

•Many employees at Apple developed a fear of encountering Jobs while riding in the elevator. When ever Steve jobs meet a employee in elevator he used to ask a question What do you do for me(Apple)?" and they say something like "I work in the so-and-so dept" then Steve will get all hot headed if he hates that dept or some project the person worked on then fire them on the spot. The act came to be known as "Getting Steved."

•A Regular Guy Written by Steve's biological sister Mona Simpson is directly inspired by Steve's life... but it's officialy a fiction and should not be considered a biography.Some other books written on Steve Jobs:
The Little Kingdom, The Journey Is the Reward, Steve Jobs & The NeXT Big Thing, The Second Coming Of Steve Jobs, iCon, Accidental Millionaire (claims Steve's success was a fluke), Apple Pixar mania

source- wikipedia,icon

Still working on Dropouts who made big in Business world.. will try to post it next week

September 20, 2007

Thursday Trivia - 4

•King Mswati, Forbes Richest Royals youngest member and the only one from sub-Saharan Africa is 39-year-old King Mswati III of Swaziland, with a net worth of $200 million. Almost every year, he chooses a new bride from among 20,000 naked bare-breasted virgins; so far, he has 13 wives and is building a palace for each

•During World War II, Germany created special currency, specifically for concentration camps

•The Guinness Book of Records declared the "longest real word" in the English language to be “floccinaucinihilipilification” (29 letters)

•Kim Jong-il, dictator of North Korea. Kim Jong-il is known as Hennessy greatest customer, he spends $720,000 per year on the cognac while many North Koreans live in extreme poverty. Hennessy Cognac is one of the finest and oldest cognacs in the world

•Nokia 2100 is the first phone to feature the famous Nokia tone. Nokia’s target is to sell 4,00,000 phones but sold 20 million phones

ok, less content this week some very interesting stuff on steve jobs..mail me if you know anything interesting about steve

Minister of Public Spaces

when asked what her ideal job would be,Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop replied: "Minister for Public Spaces - I'd give every town its Day of Delight. There'd be pianos in the squares, music and dancing, and mad, unexpected sculptures everywhere."

(Via - Telegraph)

September 17, 2007

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easy one..Vidya(not sure of her name), the check de girl..goalkeeper n captain of Indian womens hockey team acted in a commercial with Sharukh Khan..which one?

Answer in Comments

September 12, 2007

Thursday trivia - 3

Sorry, could not post on drop outs who made big in business world, will try to post very soon.

• Forrester reports about 30 percent of social networking site users befriended made a brand profile to become eligible for exclusive offers, events or sales or because another friend recommended it (the cool factor). Forrester has dubbed this type of marketing "friendonomics,"

• During World War II, Japan occupied many countries in Asia, the Japanese Government printed their own currency in those countries called "Japanese Invasion Money" or JIM

• During World War II, Nazi Germany used prisoners in the Sachenhausen concentration camp to produce very high quality forgeries of the Bank of England’s £5, £10, £20, and £50 notes. These were considered the most perfect counterfeits ever produced during the war

The idea was to drop the forged banknotes over England from airplanes and thus wreck the British economy - however, the Germans used these notes to pay their spies abroad instead. In fact, after the war, a German spy Elyesa Bazna, unsuccessfully tried to sue the German government for outstanding pay!

• More than 25% of the entire population of the world has collected stamps at one time in their life.

• co-branding initiatives rolled out last year - Puma has worked with Mini to produce a special-edition car; Acer has worked with Ferrari to create a laptop computer; Volkswagen has partnered with Apple to create an iPod-compatible Beetle

. The Learning Annex has offered Paris Hilton a cool million bucks to teach a one-hour "How to Build Your Brand" seminar

September 05, 2007

Thursday Trivia

here goes the second Thursday Tivia, a weekly series to enrich your grey cells with business trivia

•Donald trump Wrote Surviving at the Top just before his company plunged into bankruptcy

•The biggest live audience ever recorded was one billion people for the Chinese New Year celebrations gala shown by Chinese state govt broadcaster CCTV.

•M&A accounted for 34% of all company name changes among US companies in 2006

•The Swiss watch industry has had a specialized horizontal structure in which producers of movements and producers external parts supply their products to assemblers, called "etablisseurs", who put them together and make complete watches and clocks.

•In the 70’s Ralph Lauren introduces his women’s wear line, inspired by his wife who would go into boys stores for shirts and hacking jackets.

•Japanese people buy over 40 percent of luxury goods worldwide.

•Ex-American, President Dwight Eisenhower discouraged May Day protests by proclaiming May 1 as "Loyalty Day."

•Volvo is offering a tool to help drivers realize when they are too drunk to drive.Its Alcoguard device tests alcohol levels in drivers and will be available as an option on its 2008 Volvo S80, V70 and XC70 models

•Steve "Woz" Wozniak changed his name into Rocky "Raccoon" Clark to complete his Berkeley degree to avoid any untoward publicity or recognition due to his industry celebrity status. Wozniak created the pseudonym using his then wife's maiden name, Clark, and his dog's only name, Rocky.

Stay tuned for next weeks special on college dropouts who built successful business empires

shoot a mail or drop a comment if u know any trivia of college drop outs..even names will do

September 02, 2007

Go veggie!! Save earth

Animals raised for food generate more greenhouse gases than all cars and trucks combined according to a report by UN.

Environmental groups released that billboards featuring a cartoon image of Mr. Gore eating a drumstick next to the tagline: “Too Chicken to Go Vegetarian? Meat Is the No. 1 Cause of Global Warming.”
These Billboards are targeted at Algore who fights against global warming, but a non-veggie ..poor chap more on it here