Sell 7-figure business for EB?
In a bit of a conundrum here and would be interested in your opinions.
I have an EB FT 2022 offer in hand for NYC and have heard good things about the team culture.
The issue is that the business I founded is valued at around $1.5m at the moment that could potentially be sold at any time with 1-2 months of intense work (booming demand for my business type). I feel confident I could do it all again if required and really enjoy the autonomy of 'being my own boss' vs the opposite of that in IB which I spent a summer doing last year. Because of this, IB long-term isn't really an option, I'd be looking to do it for 1-2 years for the development of a different skillset (professional skills, seeing how a larger org operates, working in a larger team etc.) and the likely benefit of having IB on the resume for raising capital for any future businesses (I assume this will have a significant impact on ability to raise capital by showing I have a professional side as well?).
Essentially, I feel I currently have the skillset of building a low 7-figure business but want to expedite the process of learning how to build/attract the right investors to get to 8 figures, and I'm wondering if a year or two in IB will help me to do that.
Part of me feels crazy for even considering the IB offer, but another part says it may be the prudent long-term move as I see many of the most successful startup founders (in terms of capital raised) these days have spent a few years in a professional setting, whether that be IB/PE/consulting and find that trend hard to ignore.
Regardless of how much I automate, doing both IB and business is a no-go really as I'm fairly confident the business will die a slow death, so it's one or the other for a year or two really.
All opinions appreciated, thanks!