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Buy Then Build: How Acquisition Entrepreneurs Outsmart the Startup Game

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The strategy outlined is spot on and is the type of advice I personally have given dozens of people over the years. I’ve also grown through add-on acquisitions, which has proven to be less expensive and more successful than driving growth exclusively through sales efforts. Walker Deibel is an entrepreneur and investor who has co-founded three startups, acquired seven companies, and consulted or participated in over 100 business transactions. While highly readable, the book is intended as a cursory introduction and does not delve into the minutiae of the process.

He hits the major steps, from getting debt, thinking about due diligence, closing and transitioning, while avoiding gory detail. Its strength lies in its ability to resonate universally, eliminating the need for convoluted explanations. The other is the proliferation of niche businesses on the internet which expands the number of small businesses that can operate profitably. The best part of the book for me was when he discussed the mindset needed for entrepreneurship in general. With a focus on the benefits of acquiring established companies, Deibel's book is a valuable resource for aspiring business owners.

It provides actionable advice on identifying, evaluating, and acquiring existing companies as a path to entrepreneurial success. Typos distract readers and make us think that you haven’t thought much about what you are communicating. We developed a proprietary eCommerce software to help companies with multiple locations gain efficiencies in their supply chain. Instead of scrolling through your social media news feed, this is a much better way to spend your spare time in my opinion. I believe the reason is that they lack a process to get them from where they are today to where they want to go.In the words of Jim Collins, "BHAGs are bold, falling in the gray area where reason and prudence might say 'This is unreasonable,' but the drive for progress says, 'We believe we can do it nonetheless. Have the right mental attitude ( that section was very hard to read for anything in life you have to have the right attitude). The author suggests that while it is important to be dedicated to the success of the acquired company, it's equally essential not to let business ownership completely consume your personal life.

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