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November 3, 2020 46 min

Episode 45


In this episode, we will be interviewing the best selling author of the book Buy Then Build, Walker Diebel. He is also a serial acquisition entrepreneur, M&A advisor, and a successful movie producer. Walker acquired seven companies over ten years and co-founded several startups.

Let’s dive right in and learn how to buy a business without having to have the money that it takes. 

[00:01 - 06:00] Opening Segment

  • Walker shares the story about his background and the beginning of his career journey
  • Acquiring some of the largest companies in the world was achievable
  • [06:01 - 14:34] Buy Then Build 

  • Walker talks about the inspiration behind the content of his book, Buy Then Build
  • Walker talks about the first company he bought in 2008 that gives him the idea to write his book
  • [15:30 - 25:59] Don’t Start a Business 

  • Walker shares his opinion on why he does not recommend starting a business 
  • Taking the odds of the startup model and just flip it over
  • [20:40 - 25:39] Ten Trillion Dollars Tsunami

  • Walker talks about the Ten Trillion Dollar Tsunami
  • There are ten trillion dollars of business value currently owned by baby boomers that need to change
  • [25:40 - 30:19] Growth Mindset Vs. Fix Mindset

  • Walker talks about Carol Dweck’s mindset traits study
  • Walker talks about Positive psychology
  • [30:20 - 37:15] Successful Acquisition 

  • Walker talks about one of the most important pieces of the puzzle during the acquisition process
  • Finding capital to buy a company
  • [37:26 - 45:24] Closing Segment

  • Favorite book:
  • Good to Great by Jim Collins
  • The Innovation Stack by Jim McKelvey 
  • Hobbies: Reading and writing, Road biking, Film producing  
  • Successful e-commerce entrepreneurs vs. people who give up: 
  • Get up early and set aside time to think. 
  • Work hard.
  • How to Connect with Walker - links below

  • Resources Mentioned:

  • Buy Then Build: How Acquisition Entrepreneurs Outsmart the Startup Game
  • Good to Great by Jim Collins
  • The Innovation Stack by Jim McKelvey 
  • Carol Dweck
  • Martin Seligman
  • Quiet Light 
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    Connect with Walker on Linkedin and Buy and Build Facebook Groups. You can also visit his website at buythenbuild.com.


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