ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: 4 from Asia-based startups/investors


Here are our picks for the most memorable and creative ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos!


As of August 20, 2014, the ALS Association had raised a total of US$31.5 million in donations, according to the organisation’s official website. The non-profit, which assists those with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) — a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord — had only raised US$1.9 million the same time last year.

What happened? Well, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge came to life. Pour a bucket full of ice and water over your head or donate a sum of money to the good cause, or both! Then, challenge a few other people to go forward with this viral hit. Rinse and repeat.

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Here are a few of the most creative and memorable videos from the Asian startup/investor scene!

#4: Moo Natavudh from Ookbee
According to the CEO of Thai startup Ookbee, the company collected a total of THB 55,000 (US$1,716) which will be donated to an ALS charity and Thailand Red Cross.

#3: Hiroyuki Kiga from Yello Mobile
If this video doesn’t show you that there is magic in everything, we don’t know what will! Check out Kiga wielding those cards!

#2: Kuanhua Hsu from GREE Ventures
Remember our article about Kuan being a ‘Morpheus’ to startups? Well, spoiler alert — that special character will make an appearance in this video.

#1: Hironao Kunimitsu from gumi
Japanese gaming company gumi’s Founder and CEO Hironao Kunimitsu combines the two things we love so much: geishas and surprise attacks. Don’t get it? Watch on!

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Elaine Huang

Elaine is a fervent believer that if there ever is a zombie apocalypse, we will all be snapping away at them with our phones and posting them onto Instagram. A Mass Communication graduate of Ngee Ann Polytechnic's School of Film and Media Studies, she enjoys writing about technology and entrepreneurs. When not hashtagging her way through all sorts of trouble, Elaine is probably contemplating how to write in the third person.

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  • Hiro

    thanks for the article Elaine!

  • Elaine Huang

    No problem, Hiro, although I’m not quite which one of the two you are. :P

  • D

    Thanks for mentioning gumi, Elaine, but I’m not sure Mr. Kunimitsu is a “geisha” :P He is wearing a kimono at least ;)

  • Hiro

    the one with the cards :)