There are more than 400 species of sharks living in waters all over the world and they’ve given their name to Shark Tank SA – the hot new show from M-Net and Telkom. Seated in the tank are five somewhat different kinds of sharks – five successful business entrepreneurs willing to put their own money behind great ideas from great South Africans. But it's not just a name our Sharks share with sharks. Check out a few more similarities Gil, Dawn, Vinny, Marnus, and Romeo share with the fish.
Sharks display powerful problem-solving skills, social complexity, and curiosity. These are important skills for investors to have and we think it’s safe to say that our Sharks display the same skill in the tank, especially considering the interesting pitches they hear, like this one here.
Depending on the type of shark, these fish can be either solitary or gregarious. Similarly, in the tank, sometimes Sharks close deals alone and sometimes together, like Vinny and Romeo in the latest episode. Watch it here.
There is a one in 3.7 million chance of being killed by a shark. Entrepreneurs have a somewhat better chance of landing a deal, but you still need a good pitch to hook a Shark. Get tips here.
Viewers were surprised to learn that several of the Sharks don’t eat meat. Believe it or not, there is a species of shark, the nurse shark, that does eat other fish but is also a fan of algae.
Sharks have an amazing sense of smell and can sniff out a drop of blood from kilometres away. Our Sharks probably wouldn’t be able to detect that tiny drop, but they can detect a good deal.
The great white shark is one of the most famous shark species and South African waters are one of the best places to find them. Our Sharks are all South African, but Vinny lives in San Francisco, California. The state waters are another popular great white spotting location.
Sharks, the fish, are very adaptable. Sharks, the investors, are very good at adapting too. It’s an important skill for an entrepreneur to have, which is one of the reasons they’ve come so far and made such a success of themselves. Learn more about the sharks and get more tips and advice here.
Watch the Sharks in Shark Tank SA every Sunday at 18:00 on M-Net.
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