I spoke today with a very successful entrepreneur. He worked in very senior strategy roles for a F50 company where he admitted to earning well over a mill a year all in comp before leaving to join a start up that offered him 1/10th his previous pay and stock options which at the time were worthless.
I asked him, what about that start up gave him the motivation and inspiration that he believed in it so much to jump ship.
His response was that he never had a choice. He was so enthralled, so obsessed and in love with the business idea, he had to do it. His advice was that if I was ever considering joining a start up company, and I think I have a choice, don't do it. Go to the biggest, baddest firm you can with the most powerful people and network. But once you do fall in love with a company and can't help but go join it, God help you, may you be stronger for it.
Just wanted to share, and see if folks had thoughts on entrepreneurship in general, and what to think about before joining a venture.