Pittsburgh Startup Trivia Contest Recap

Thanks to everyone who participated in last week’s Pittsburgh Startup Trivia Contest! Based on the number and accuracy of responses we received, it is clear that you guys know (and love) your local startups! We hope you had fun and learned a little more about all the great things happening in Pittsburgh’s flourishing startup scene.

If you didn’t score a free pass, tickets can still be purchased to Startup Weekend Pittsburgh, taking place this weekend (March 23-25) at the Carnegie Lecture Hall in Oakland.

And if you missed the contest, here are the original Q&A’s. Feel free to quiz your startup-loving friends or share your own local startup trivia in the comments section below!


Original Q&A’s

Q: Which Pittsburgh startup’s app was featured in an iPhone 3GS commercial?

A: Jibbigo. Their voice translation app was featured in this iPhone 3GS ad.

Q: Which Pittsburgh startup’s products are enjoyed by Elton John, Posh Spice and Denise Richards?

A: 4moms. The company’s robotic mamaRoo and Origami are a favorite of celebrity parents.

Q: Which Pittsburgh startup’s service is used by 30 million+ users a day?

Hint: This Pittsburgh startup was acquired by Google in 2009.

A: reCAPTCHA. The company, which started as a project at the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University and was founded by Luis von Ahn–Friday’s Startup Weekend Pittsburgh speaker.

Q: Which Pittsburgh startup (that began in a CMU dorm room) was ranked #2 on Inc.’s Inc 500 list in 2010?

A: ModCloth. Believe it or not, this popular online clothing retailer, now spaning three cities–began in Susan’s tiny college dorm room.

Q: Which two Pittsburgh startups collaborated on a “blended reality” toy that exists in the physical world & online AND what is that toy called?

A: Bossa Nova Robotics & Schell Games worked together on Mechatars.

Q: In the same week—which Pittsburgh startup won awards at LAUNCH conference and SuperConf, and was featured in Time, HackerNews, and The Startup Foundry?

A: Shoefitr. Within one week, this AlphaLab alum won “Most Likely to be Acquired” at LAUNCH and “Startup Blasoff Winner” at SuperConf. They also had articles in Time, The Startup Foundry & was up-voted to the front page of HackerNews. You can read details of this epic week on Shoefitr’s blog.

Q: Name four founders/co-founders of Pittsburgh startups who have made Inc.com’s “30 Under 30” list.

A: College Prowler’s Luke Skurman (2007), ModCloth’s Susan Gregg Koger and Eric Koger (2009) and ShowClix’s Joshua Dziabiak (2010).

Q: Which Pittsburgh startup was Linkedin’s 1st acquisition?

A: mSpoke.

Q: Which Pgh startup debuted a game at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) earlier this month that educates & encourages organ donation AND what is that game called?

A: MogiMe (formerly LeftRight Studios) teamed up with Pitt & CORE to develop Doctor Transplant to spread the message about organ and tissue donation through online and mobile gaming.

Q: Which Pittsburgh startup was named one of Entrepreneur magazine’s “100 Brilliant Companies” of 2011?

A: The Resumator (SnapRetail ranked on the same list in 2010.)