Fork In the Road: Finance or Startup
Sorry for the long post. Big decision. Any input would be appreciated.
Here's the deal. I am at the nexus of essentially starting a new career. Moving out of corporate finance at a fortune 500. My initial plan; which i have not thrown out by any means was to move into Investment Management down the road. I am about to begin the process of interviewing at mostly large buy side firms: Fidelity, State Street, Black Rock. Since i developed my career path my sophomore year of college I envisioned Equity Research>PM>HF. I have had a true passion for investing and structured this career path accordingly. THE CATCH...Although i have a true passion for investing, my specific interest is in fundamental analysis of companies. I enjoy watching company's grow. This is a basic result of being born an entrepreneur. I don't know if i can explain it any better than that. Those of you that have the same mentality know what i mean. Those that don't share this mind set will most likely think i am crazy from here on out. My mind is constantly producing ideas for new company's, and over the years i have literally collected a box full of b plan drafts for these prospective companies.
Which brings us to my main point. Do i take the plunge and launch a start up? I have a great idea and alot of passion. I have registered my domain name and drafted a b plan. I am torn on whether to take the plunge. On the verge of applying to the Mass Challenge startup incubation program as well as the Y Combinator program. These would run this summer. I would walk away from my current job.
Although nothing in life is guaranteed, I feel that i can at least predict to some extent how my finance career will pan out/ what kind of life i will lead and the potential upside. The startup is pure uncertainty.
This Startup may entail being broke for a while, which i can handle. The real question is, worst case scenario, I take the leap with the startup and FACEPLANT. Will this be something i can put on my resume and continue my career in Finance??
I feel that logically I have to fully commit to one or the other in order to succeed. Only I know the real answer, but hearing input from like minded individuals might help. Thanks in advance.