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Search Funds & Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition: seeking mentorship from searchers, operators, owners, and investors


Bryan Lee Ewa Beach, HI

I'd value the opportunity to connect with mentors involved in or familiar with search funds and ETA. A few of the questions I have as I explore the industry:

(1) Feasibility/Pros and cons of a self-funded search vs. traditional search fund model
(2) What is the utility of an MBA for new searchers (specifically for veterans pivoting into the industry)? Is it a necessity?
(3) What skills are most critical for succeeding as a search fund operator? Are there programs or opportunities (short of actually operating a search fund) that can help develop these skills? Some sort of search fund internship?
(4) How to analyze/determine industry focus of search? Is over-saturation of searchers an issue?
(5) What are some networking strategies and opportunities to facilitate finding a search fund partner?
(6) How do you see the search fund landscape changing in the next decade?


4 January 2019 3 replies Career Exploration



Bryan Lee Ewa Beach, HI

Thank you both for taking the time to reply.
Donald—I just sent you a connection on LI. I’m excited to talk to you


Donald Gourley Reading, MA


I've been down your road and have quite a bit of info to share if you wish. Reach out on LinkedIn and we can set up a call. Best,
Donald Gourley


Chris Barrett New York, NY

Hi Bryan,

Thank you for your question. Although I do not have any experience in this area I was able to find some articles that might be helpful: - from Medium - University of Chicago Booth School of Business - from Jim Stein Sharpe, Entrepreneur in Residence at the Arthur Rock Center in the Entrepreneurial Management Unit at the Harvard Business School

Best regards,

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