More than just words: Dragons’ Den judge interview sparks serious Twitter debate on SA startup space


A war of words seems to have broken out on Twitter following the publication of our interview with entrepreneur Vinny Lingham yesterday. Lingham will be appearing as one of the dragons in South Africa’s version of the popular entrepreneur pitching show, Dragons’ Den.

In our interview, Lingham stated that he felt “very few people” in the South African tech investment landscape understood technology and how to go about making worthwhile investments in the sector. Lingham’s comments, which were made largely on the back of his Dragons’ Den experience, talked about the number of successful exits and the disconnect between wealthy individuals and entrepreneurs.

Twitter has been up in arms about the comments and we gathered the tweets for you, both good and bad. Some people argue that Lingham has touched on some salient problems in SA’s startup community, while others feel he is too far removed from the ecosystem.

The positive:









The negative:








Here’s an exchange between Lingham and founder of mobile payment company Fundamo, Hannes van Rensburg:







There was a further word scuffle about South Africa’s entrepreneurial success stories:

Keen to flesh out the debate with more than 140 characters? Pop us a mail at submit [at] memeburn [dot] com with your thoughts.



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