All The Tech Leaders Who Have Taken The Ice Bucket Challenge So Far
Celebrities, CEO’s and even politicians have taken the The Ice Bucket Challenge, a fund raising campaign to raise awareness for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Governor Chris Christie challenged Mark Zuckerberg to dump an ice cold bath of water over his head this week. Zuck did exactly that and then challenged several other tech leaders to do the same. Here’s all the people in tech who’ve taken the challenge thus far.
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Mark Zuckerberg received the challenge from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. He then challenged Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg. Watch it in action: http://on.fb.me/1Bs6Z7H
Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft, accepted Zuck’s challenge and even went as far as engineering his own ice bucket dumping machine. Gates then asked Tesla founder Elon Musk, TED conference curator Chris Anderson, and Ryan Seacrest to do the same. Watch it in action: http://bit.ly/1Bs74YP
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, took the challenge from Zuckerberg. Sandberg was joined by dozens of other coworkers in support. According to Facebook, 15 million people across the social network have posted, commented or liked a post related to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Watch it in action: http://on.fb.me/1Bs78bg
Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors engineered his own water dumping contraption that allowed his five boys to do the deed. Musk then allowed his sons to choose Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson, Johnny Depp and skateboarding legend Tony Hawk to take the challenge next. Watch it in action: http://bit.ly/1Bs7f6w
Twitter CEO Dick Costolo took the challenge. He then tweeted out asking Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff and CNBC anchor Carl Quintanilla to do the same.
Watch it in action: http://bit.ly/1Bs7oqJ
Zillow’s Spencer Rascoff chilled out and posted it to Vine. He then named LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner and the host of CNBC’s Mad Money Jim Cramer as his successors.
LinkedIn’s Jeff Weiner accepted the challenge from Zillow’s Spencer Rascoff and then let employees dunk him. Anyone else notice the water was in “LinkedIn blue?” That’s because instead of wasting water, Weiner chose to use Gatorade. Weiner challenged CEO of Workday Aneel Bhusri, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings (second challenge) and Pando Daily’s Sarah Lacy. Watch it in action: http://bit.ly/1Bs7u1v
Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, happily accepted Mark Zuckerberg’s challenge by allowing employees to ceremoniously throw the bucket of ice water on his bald head. He then issued the challenge to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Google CEO Larry Page. Watch it in action: http://bit.ly/1Bs7FcZ
Larry Page and Sergey Brin
Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin took the ice bucket challenge simultaneously. Props to the two of them for the ref to HBO’s Silicon Valley for the dousing. The two wore Hooli and Pied Piper tshirts at the event. Watch it in action: http://bit.ly/1Bs7IWd
Amazon’s Jeff Bezos promplty took to the stage for some stand up comedy after accepting the challenge to raise awareness for ALS. He made a light joke that if he challenged Edward Snowden the bucket would just leak (har har). Bezos ended up shooting for the stars (literally) asking three Star Trek legends, William Shatner, George Takei and Patrick Stewart to take the ice bucket challenge within 24 hours. Watch it in action: http://bit.ly/1Bs7Kxy
Apple CEO Tim Cook was not the least of the tech leaders to get drenched in ice this past week. Musician Michael Franti was more than happy to help him, too. Cook then called out Disney CEO Bob Iger and of course Apple’s new employee, Dr. Dre to go next. Watch it in action: http://bit.ly/1Bs7PBp
John Legere ice bucket
T-Mobile CEO John Legere took a chilly soak in front of a bunch of his employees. Apparently people like watching their boss get drenched in ice cold water. Legere then threw down the gauntlet to the CEOs of wireless competitors AT&T, Sprint and Verizon. Watch it in action: http://bit.ly/1Bs88Mr
Ralph de la Vega
ATT CEO Ralph de la Vega made no mention of the challenge from T-Mobile’s John Legere. Instead, de la Vega made it clear the only reason he got doused was because of a challenge from AT&T’s director of executive communications Clay Owen. Watch it in action: http://bit.ly/1Bs8h2z
Snapchat’s CEO Evan Spiegel sat poised on a warm, sunny beach, iPhone before getting soaked. Didn’t look like there was much ice in that bucket, but it did seem cold enough that Spiegel had a hard time speaking for a bit after. He then nominated Snapchat co-founder Bobby Murphy, Jared Leto and Colbie Caillat. Watch it in action: http://bit.ly/1Bs8suI
Author, blogger and a part of our weekly Gillmor Gang, Robert Scoble surrounded himself with friends and other technophiles for the chilly challenge. Scoble asked his tailor Scott Jordan, Data Collective’s Zach Bogue and our TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington to take an ice cold bath next. Watch it in action: http://on.fb.me/1BsagDM