VC Analyst vs. Growth Equity vs. Consulting vs. IB
I might have an opportunity to work full-time at a medium-sized VC firm I worked at during an internship. I would be their only pre-MBA employee, so training and salary would be limited. I would basically have the freedom to act as a partner, just without the ability to make final decisions on investments. During my internship I had free reign over how I spent my day and had the chance to meet with company CEOs and VPs by myself (even companies that have raised $15 milllion+) and either evaluate the companies for investment or offer strategic advice to current portfolio companies. The fund's partners are all top-MBA's, but the firm is generally unknown outside its main investment area (which is, however, the area I'm most interested in). I would most likely join a portfolio company, create my own, or pursue an MBA after a couple years.
I also have quite a few other opportunities in front of me (i.e. working at a top growth equity firm, IB, or consulting firm).
In some cases, my other opportunities might give me 1.5-2X the compensation, a bigger name, more secure future prospects with jobs or an MBA, and a lot more standardized training. However, I'm tempted to do the VC role because I enjoyed the learning experience so much, and I'm essentially obsessed with entrepreneurship and technology. I want to have a career as a tech founder and/or investor (I've had success as an entrepreneur in the past).
Am I crazy, or is this reasonable? I'm wondering if I'm simply being too impatient and there is value to be gained from consulting/ib/growth equity work before going into VC or starting a company, seeing that almost everyone in the industry does so in the case of VC.
Thanks for any wisdom you have to offer. Sorry for the long-winded post!