Search funds started over 30 years ago, and there is now valuable information available.
Below are selected references and resources we think might be helpful.
Here you will find a timely note regarding managing in a crisis: Letter To A Young Operator
In this webinar moderated by Jan Simon, search fund investors Coley Andrews, Sara Rosenthal, Peter Kelly, Will Thorndike and Simon Webster discuss the findings of studies conducted by IESE Business School and Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Chicago Booth PCEI, Emerging Tools for Search Fund Acquisitions: Employee Stock Ownership Plans
Chicago Booth PCEI, The Evolution of Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition
Entrepreneur, Business-Buying Search Funds Gain Momentum
Ernst & Young, Enabling Entrepreneurs
Financial Times, Some prefer buying a business to building it from scratch
Financial Times, Entrepreneurs use business school tool to buy companies globally
Financial Times, Graduates hunt for ‘search fund’ success
Forbes, Acquiring Companies Without Money: The Rise of Fundless Search Models
Forbes, Stanford’s B-School Sensation: Plot A Takeover In Two Weeks
Forbes, The Search Fund Model: How To Become A 28-Year Old CEO
Fortune, Offering an Exit Strategy for Aging European Business Owners
Handelsblatt Global, Search Funds To The Rescue
Harvard Business Review, Buying Your Way into Entrepreneurship
Harvard Business Review, Retiring Boomers Should Consider Selling Their Companies to Millennials
Harvard Business Review, What Family Businesses Can Learn from the Military
Harvard Business Review, Which MBAs Make More: Consultants or Small-Business Owners?
Harvard Business Review, Why More MBAs Should Buy Small Businesses
Harvard Business Review, Why You Should Buy a Business (and How to Do It)
IESE SFC, Considerations for Entrepreneurial Acquisitions
IESE SFC, 2018 International Search Fund Study: Selected Observations
IESE SFC, Re-Thinking Search Fund Incentive Structures
IESE SFC, Search Funds, a High Potential Asset Class
IESE SFC, Search Funds-What has made them Work?
LAVCA, Search Funds: A New Way to Find Returns
Stanford Business Insights: How CEOs-In-Waiting Buy The Companies They Want to Run
Stanford CES, 2020 Search Fund Study: Selected Observations
Stanford CES, Search Funds: Best Practices for the Search Phase
Stanford CES, Search Fund Primer
Stanford CES, What it Takes to be a Search Fund Entrepreneur
Stanford, Videos on Search Funds
The Economist, Seek and we shall fund
Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, Note on Search Funds
Wall Street Journal, Appreciating the Big Role of Small Businesses
Wharton, Looking for a Company to Run? Search Funds Could Be the Answer