Celebrate Jeopardy's 50 Years With This Business Q&A

Mar 19, 2014
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Merv Griffin says he originally came up with the idea for “Jeopardy” while traveling with his wife from Duluth to New York, discussing why there had not been a successful question-and-answer game on the air since the quiz show scandals of the 1950s.

“Why not do a switch, and give answers to the contestant and let them come up with the question?” he recalls in a 1964 interview. “She fired a couple of answers to me: ‘"5,280’ – and the question of course was ‘How many feet in a mile?’ I loved the idea, went straight to NBC with the idea, and they bought it without even looking at a pilot show.”

Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, Jeopardy has won a record 30 Daytime Emmy Awards since 1984. Last year, TV Guide ranked it No. 1 on the list of the 60 greatest game shows.

In the spirit of Jeopardy, let’s looks at some answers about the business world and see if you can come up with the right questions. (Scroll down to find the answers.)

  1. She wrote a book advising women to “lean in.”
  2. This doesn’t refer to ingesting a blue-colored liquid, but more to trusting in things offered by authority figures.
  3. In this movie, the computer killed four people on the voyage to Jupiter.
  4. He once worked for Apple and is author of “Enchantment,” but despite being a workaholic he plays hockey for nearly two hours every day.
  5. It’s an assessment tool that tracks your performance by getting input from customers, vendors, colleagues and subordinates.
  6. This company is based in Los Gatos, Calif. and its CEO Reed Hastings believes in offering employees unlimited vacation time.
  7. He said, “Death is very likely the single best invention of life. It is life’s change agent. If clears out the old to make way for the new.”
  8. It is an acronym for Asynchronous JavaScript and XML and is a group of interrelated web development techniques.
  9. The program that companies often use to encourage employees to become healthier, such as offering healthy food options or getting them to exercise.
  10. He has a management school named after him that is affiliated with Alliant International University and is author of the bestselling, “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There.”
  11. A recent Gallup survey finds that 82% of the time companies fail to choose the right candidate for which job function?
  12. A Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation study finds that the highest rate of entrepreneurial activity over the last several years is in this age group.
  13. In the 1988 Seoul Olympic games, he banged his head on the diving board while attempting a two-and-one-half pike but later went on to win two gold medals.
  14. In emails or texts, someone may type IIRC, which stands for what?
  15. Tony Hsieh leads this company and is known for creating a distinct and inviting corporate culture.
  16. Newsweek says the anonymous leader of this online currency company is actually Satoshi Nakamoto, but he denies it.
  17. He said: “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.”
  18. Known for its “hackathons,” this company offers a facility where employees can learn woodworking to help them develop innovative thinking– although they have to buy materials from the company’s in-house store.
  19. He’s written such books as “The Meatball Sundae” and “The Purple Cow,” and is known as an innovativemarketer who tried using Kickstarter to gauge interest in his book projects.
  20. This term refers to a co-worker, usually of the opposite sex, with whom one has a close relationship similar to a marriage – but without the sex.
  21. In Dilbert, the comic strip about the American workplace, she is the triangle-haired female engineer who sometimes uses the “Fist of Death.”
  22. She was recently named the first woman to head the Federal Reserve.
  23. This web platform lets anyone — even non-technical people — build their own business applications in the cloud.
  24. The heavenly term refers to an affluent individual who provides capital for a business start-up.
  25. He was a billionaire financier nicknamed the “Junk Bond King” who served time in prison after pleading guilty to securities violations, and now is a philanthropist funding medical research.



Answers (Questions):

1. Who is Sheryl Sandberg? 2. What is drinking the Kool-Aid? 3. What is 2001? 4. Who is Guy Kawasaki? 5. What is 360-degree feedback?

6. What is Netflix? 7. Who is Steve Jobs? 8. What is Ajax (programming)? 9. What is a wellness program? 10.Who is Marshall Goldsmith?

11. What is a manager? 12. What are baby boomers? 13.Who is Greg Louganis? 14.What is “If I remember correctly”? 15.What is Zappos?

16. What is Bitcoin? 17. Who is Warren Buffet? 18. What is Facebook? 19. Who is Seth Godin? 20. What is a work spouse?

21. Who is Alice? 22. Who is Janet Yellen? 23. What is a Intuit QuickBase? 24. What is an angel investor? 25. Who is Michael Milken?

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