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Buy Then Build: How Acquisition Entrepreneurs Outsmart the Startup Game

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I really enjoyed learning about Walker's process and the many fascinating statistics he brings to prove why acquisition is normally the way to go. If entrepreneurs are investing the money anyway, why wouldn’t they acquire something already established to begin with? There weren’t any quality resources on the subject and my world-class MBA education hadn’t offered insight into this area. To this end, he advises new owners to reassure employees about job security and communicate the benefits of the new management.

A pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. It’s an approach to entrepreneurship that provides the best odds for the outcome entrepreneurs want to achieve; namely running, and owning, a successful business that they can be passionate about and put their fingerprint on. I do find the subject quite intriguing (which is why I read the book), and having gone through an acquisition and multiple tuck-ins, it was nice to take a step back and truly codify the process. Walker Deibel is an entrepreneur and investor who has co-founded three startups, acquired seven companies outright, and has consulted or participated in over 100 business transactions.After reading more about acquisition entrepreneurship lately and not just in this book, I have come to realise that you can read a lot, but you can't learn the soft skills or on the ground skills that are required unless you actually do a deal (handheld or not).

Its strength lies in its ability to resonate universally, eliminating the need for convoluted explanations. The only reason I am not giving it a 5 star is because I have not yet implemented what I read, I just happened to have the opportunity to be a partner in a business so I am implementing what i read in the following book: "Traction" by Gino Wickman. Tipo de industria (producto, distribución o servicio), tipo de crecimiento, el tamaño de SDE y limitantes. A partir de conocimientos obtenidos en otros libros ahora entiendo que existen amplios catálogos de libros de negocios que simplifican las circunstancias económicas de las empresas estudiadas y proveen de información al lector que puede ser mal interpretada o no comparada con otras variables. I’ve acquired 6 companies over the last 10 years and made them more valuable than when I bought them.As a book that's supposed to give you an in-depth understanding of this investment type, the author is actively misleading the reader. One of the most interesting investment opportunities I’ve seen in the last few years is acquiring and growing a small business.

While he constantly tells readers not to make excuses, I do feel I am a little young to get into this quite yet (sorry for the excuse). He shares his expertise on the process of finding, evaluating, and successfully running a business, offering practical advice and real-life examples. In his book, Walker thoroughly explains every single step you need to consider when becoming an acquisition entrepreneur!

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