Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition 101


(4 ratings)


3 Weeks


Cohort-based Course

Buying a company is a proven path to autonomy and wealth. Learn the methods and skills to succeed.

Course overview

Learn the primary methods and skills needed to buy a company

The current culture around entrepreneurship focuses almost exclusively on starting a company or joining a startup. But what if you could become a business owner without the struggle of starting from scratch?

Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition (ETA) offers the autonomy and wealth creation of entrepreneurship with lower risk. Investors can be used to fund the acquisition, meaning you don't need significant personal capital to participate in ETA.

In this three week course, you'll learn the major ETA models, such as search funds and self-funded search. You'll understand the skills and capital needed to participate in each method, and you'll gain a clear understanding of the potential financial upside of each method.

Sessions are highly interactive, and each student will be placed in an Accountability Group to help ensure follow-through during and after the course.

Who is this course for


Business & Military Leaders

Put your skills & experience to work for yourself


Tech Professionals

Pivot from building products to building companies  


Aspiring Founders

Explore a different path to ownership with a higher chance of success  

What you’ll get out of this course

Define your entrepreneurial career vision

You'll begin by defining what are you looking to accomplish via entrepreneurship. Clarity around what matters to you will help you select the right ETA model with higher confidence.

Find the best ETA model for you

I spent six months learning the different ETA models and will summarize them, allowing you to choose the right model for you. The models include: search funds, accelerators, self-funded search, holding companies and independent sponsors.

Next steps and peer accountability

After choosing the right ETA model for you, define a concrete set of next steps to help achieve your goals. Join an Accountability Groups with other students on a similar path to help ensure follow-through.

Course syllabus

3 live sessions • 10 modules • 23 lessons • 1 project
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  • Post-Course


    • Join Discord

  • Bonus


    • Reading

    • Listening

    • Communities


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What students are saying

Meet your instructor

Chris Tyler

Chris Tyler

I've always wanted to take the leap to entrepreneurship, but being a startup founder wasn't right for me. I never landed on an idea I was passionate about, and I didn't want the grind of starting from scratch.

When I learned about Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition (ETA), I was intrigued and also overwhelmed by the different methods. Should I raise a search fund? Start a software holdco?

I spent six months learning the different ETA methods, and in June 2023 I left my job at Meta and raised a search fund.

I created this course to help people shortcut the six months I spent digesting the options in the ETA world. I'm passionate about helping people clarify their entrepreneurial vision and choose the right Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition model for their skills and interests.

Learning is better with cohorts

Learning is better with cohorts

Active hands-on learning

This course builds on live workshops and hands-on projects

Interactive and project-based

You’ll be interacting with other learners through breakout rooms and project teams

Learn with a cohort of peers

Join a community of like-minded people who want to learn and grow alongside you

Course schedule

2-4 hours per week
  • Wednesday Live Classes

    5:00pm - 7:30pm PT

    Each class will optional pre-work and follow-on projects. All classes will be recorded. ~50% of class time will be interactive and attendance is strongly encouraged.

  • Friday Office Hours

    2:00pm - 3:00pm PT

    Chris will be available to answer questions and brainstorm next steps for your ETA journey.

  • Guest Speakers

    Three sessions, timing TBD

    We'll talk to three people currently on the ETA path. Speakers will be selected based on interest from class attendees.

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