About Us

Despite the popularity of entrepreneurship, we still haven't engineered success into the average startup.

Acquisition entrepreneurship changes that.

Buying an existing company provides a profitable infrastructure from which to build your own company, without worrying about the startup phase.

Buy Then Build was created as a passion project to underscore the trends at this unique time in history:

Buy an existing company instead of starting from scratch

Uncover the biggest opportunities (and risks) of any business

Learn how to navigate the complex acquisition process

Use ownership as a path to financial independence


Simply put, we want to help budding entrepreneurs understand the why and how of business acquisition.

Buy Then Build was created to help entrepreneurs see that there is another way. Although not every startup idea should be executed in a Buy Then Build model, most probably should.

Meet Walker Deibel

Founder, M&A Advisor

Walker is a serial acquisition entrepreneur, bestselling author, and M&A advisor. He acquired seven companies over ten years and co-founded several startups.

He holds an MBA from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis where he received the Declaration of Achievement in Entrepreneurship from the Skandalaris Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Walker is a Certified M&A Advisor and former SEC licensed stock broker.

Walker has also produced over a dozen films.

He has even held premieres at some of the world’s most prestigious festivals, including Sundance, SXSW, and Toronto International Film Festival.

Walker’s bestselling book, Buy Then Build: How Acquisition Entrepreneurs Outsmart the Startup Game, released to critical acclaim including being recognized by Forbes as “one of the top 7 books all entrepreneurs must read,” and is currently being used in many universities.

He lives in St. Louis, Missouri with his beautiful and intelligent wife and three resourceful and creative children.

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