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Do you speak start-up? An entrepreneurial vocab quiz.

“Once we pivot, we’re likely to have a good seed round with angels so we can finally disrupt the tech business. Let’s just hope we’re not ramen-profitable, haha!”

Did that sentence sound like gibberish to you? If you’re not in the start-up world, it likely would. Start-ups are filled with their own jargon, buzzwords, and colloquialisms popularized by an explosive tech scene and the esoteric communities it functions within. But with many start-ups making an appearance in our daily lives (Facebook, Snapchat, Air BnB) you may know more of the language than you think.

So here is the challenge: can you translate the start-up world to our own? Take this quiz to see if you speak the start-up slang.

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Designer Anthony Grant works on his computer at Eventbrite headquarters in San Francisco, California in this May 2012 file photo. More than ever, technology entrepreneurs are choosing the urban charms of San Francisco over the sprawl of neighboring Silicon Valley. Dr. Cornwall suggests start-ups perfect a five-slide pitch to cleanly and clearly communicate their business model.
Robert Galbraith/Reuters
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Question 1 of 15

1. Define: pivot

A dance move in which the dancer smoothly switches directions – a popular move at tech company parties.

 

A point at which a company decides to forgo a certain endeavor and focus on a new product or venture.

 

The time in a business meeting when an entrepreneur stops talking about a product and asks for questions from those in the meeting.

 

When an entrepreneur decides an investor is no longer worth pitching to, and switches to a new target for investment.

 
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