The SPN 2011 News Quiz answers and top scorers

Stumped? Below you'll find the answers to our 25-question SPN 2011 News Quiz featuring questions about individuals and companies either based in or connected to the Silicon Prairie. First, you'll find the quiz in its entirety (no answers, orginally posted December 22) in case you haven't tested your Silicon Prairie skills, and below the quiz,

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Stumped? Below you’ll find the answers to our 25-question SPN 2011 News Quiz featuring questions about individuals and companies either based in or connected to the Silicon Prairie. First, you’ll find the quiz in its entirety (no answers, orginally posted December 22) in case you haven’t tested your Silicon Prairie skills, and below the quiz, you’ll find the answers.

Congrats to our two top scorers, Derek Homann of Omaha and Bob Devany of Lincoln, who each answered 14 questions correctly. Can you get 14? Let us know your score the comments below. Good luck!

Here’s a hint: all the answers can be found in our archived content from the past 12 months (psst… there’s a search bar in the upper right).

The Quiz

Multiple Choice

1. Two of three original Hayneedle founders launched a social commerce startup named:

  • Zorbex
  • Xtra Social
  • Xuba
  • Snappy
  • None of the above

2. T8 Webware released an app at Finovate Fall that aggregates a user’s bank balance and transaction data. Name that app:

  • Get
  • Grip
  • Grab
  • Grin
  • None of the above

3. Nebraska Global closed its first round of fundraising in October, totaling more than $37 million. How much of that total was unannounced prior to October?

  • $15.3 million
  • $17.7 million
  • $19.4 million
  • $21.5 million
  • None of the above

4. In October, Twitter acquired the marketing trademark for “tweet” from a company in the Silicon Prairie. Name that company:

  • Tweetad
  • Tweetful
  • Tweet & Co.
  • Birdnest Inc.
  • None of the above

5. SkyVu Entertainment released its first multi-player game. Name that game:

  • Battle Bears Rumble
  • Battle Bears Royale
  • Battle Bears Cagefight
  • Battle Bears Fast & Furious
  • None of the above

6. In an office tour video, Hudl showed off a word painted on the wall in its entryway. What was that word?

  • Champions
  • Win
  • Hudl
  • Dominate
  • None of the above

7. MindMixer launched its first site for a political client. Name this site:

  • Ben Bounces Ideas
  • Lee Listens
  • Chuck’s Chamber
  • Sly’s Sounding Board
  • None of the above

8. A web design and development studio designed a home phone app for children that went on to win a Twilio Client Developer Contest. Name the app:

  • Phone-a-Friend
  • Bumble
  • Buzzy
  • Phone.ly
  • None of the above

9. This company describes itself as a “Pandora for local music”

  • Music Everywhere
  • City Soundtrack
  • Locusic
  • Local Listen
  • None of the above

10. In September, a Kansas City startup was purchased by an internet giant. Name this internet giant:

  • Amazon
  • Ebay
  • Google
  • Netscape
  • None of the above

Short Answer

Spelling counts!

11. A second grader from Ames, Iowa qualified as a regional finalist for “Doodle 4 Google” for his entry relating to the work of a charity he raised more than $3,000 for in February. Name that charity:

12. Following a summer internship at RapLeaf, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln student returned to school and in spare time launched a website to educate consumers about internet privacy issues and give users an easy way to opt out of online tracking. Name this student:

13. After a couple major German blogs brought notice to this desktop widget and later iOS app abroad, the creators of the app released a German version. Name this app:

14. Following the release of Instagram’s API, this Kansas City developer, who has since moved to San Francisco, launched a site to display all photos taken by an Instagram user. Name this developer:

15. This San Franciscan wrote a letter to this freshly launched startup that said he would pay for an opportunity to work in its Kansas City offices. Name this individual:

16. This Omaha developer and heavy Hacker News reader won a Hacker News Search API Competition for creating a site that, a he described it, mimics Google Trends functionality. Name this developer:

17. This Kansas City based entrepreneur made the front cover of Entrepreneur Magazine’s December issue. Name this entrepreneur:

18. This startup said its building a platform for gravestones throughout the world, or as it called them, “resting spots.” Name this startup:

19. This company raised a $4 million Series B round to help bring its web-based platform for broadcasting live, local television to market. Name this startup:

20. Thanks to Kickstarter, four Nebraskans were able to raise enough money to begin manufacturing their product. Name the product:

True or False

21. Leap2000 released an app designed to improve the experience of searching on mobile devices.

22. The founder of Sojern and the founder of RockDex teamed up to launch a new company called VoterTide.

23. Kansas City’s new slogan is the “Most Entrepreneur Friendly City.”

24. Sporting Kansas City, Kansas City’s Major league Soccer franchise, launched a company called Sporting Accelerations.

25. To test its Google Fiber project, Google announced its selection of Kansas City, Kan. and then Kansas City, Mo. as its first two cities.


 

The Answers

Multiple Choice

1. Two of three original Hayneedle founders launched a social commerce startup named: Xuba

2. T8 Webware released an app at Finovate Fall that aggregates a user’s bank balance and transaction data. Name that app: Grip

3. Nebraska Global closed its first round of fundraising in October, totaling more than $37 million. How much of that total was unannounced prior to October? – $17.7 million

4. In October, Twitter acquired the marketing trademark for “tweet” from a company in the Silicon Prairie. Name that company: None of the above – Twittad

5. SkyVu Entertainment released its first multi-player game. Name that game: Battle Bears Royale

6. In an office tour video, Hudl showed off a word painted on the wall in its entryway. What was that word? – Dominate

7. MindMixer launched its first site for a political client. Name this site: Lee Listens

8. A web design and development studio designed a home phone app for children that went on to win a Twilio Client Developer Contest. Name the app: Bumble

9. This company describes itself as a “Pandora for local music”: Locusic

10. In September, a Kansas City startup was purchased by an internet giant. Name this internet giant: Google

Short Answer

Spelling counts!

11. A second grader from Ames, Iowa qualified as a regional finalist for “Doodle 4 Google” for his entry relating to the work of a charity he raised more than $3,000 for in February. Name that charity: charity: water

12. Following a summer internship at RapLeaf, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln student returned to school and in spare time launched a website to educate consumers about internet privacy issues and give users an easy way to opt out of online tracking. Name this student: Calvin Pappas

13. After a couple major German blogs brought notice to this desktop widget and later iOS app abroad, the creators of the app released a German version. Name this app: QuickCal

14. Following the release of Instagram’s API, this Kansas City developer, who has since moved to San Francisco, launched a site to display all photos taken by an Instagram user. Name this developer: Josh Inkenbrant

15. This San Franciscan wrote a letter to this freshly launched startup that said he would pay for an opportunity to work in its Kansas City offices. Name this individual: Jeff Morris

16. This Omaha developer and heavy Hacker News reader won a Hacker News Search API Competition for creating a site that, a he described it, mimics Google Trends functionality. Name this developer: Jerod Santo

17. This Kansas City based entrepreneur made the front cover of Entrepreneur Magazine’s December issue. Name this entrepreneur: Bo Fishback

18. This startup said its building a platform for gravestones throughout the world, or as it called them, “resting spots.” Name this startup: RestingSpot

19. This company raised a $4 million Series B round to help bring its web-based platform for broadcasting live, local television to market. Name this startup: Syncbak

20. Thanks to Kickstarter, four Nebraskans were able to raise enough money to begin manufacturing their product. Name the product: The Prop

True or False

21. Leap2000 released an app designed to improve the experience of searching on mobile devices. – False

22. The founder of Sojern and the founder of RockDex teamed up to launch a new company called VoterTide. – True

23. Kansas City’s new slogan is the “Most Entrepreneur Friendly City.” – False

24. Sporting Kansas City, Kansas City’s Major league Soccer franchise, launched a company called Sporting Accelerations. – False

25. To test its Google Fiber project, Google announced its selection of Kansas City, Kan. and then Kansas City, Mo. as its first two cities. – True

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