Leaving new Tiger Cub hedge fund for startup
I currently work at one of the tiger cub spin offs (D1 Capital/Anomaly Capital) and was wondering if I could get career advice from anyone of the older audience on here.
I was able to join one of these funds at the ground floor. I'm currently an analyst and have a clear path forward towards being a PM. I recognize how lucky I've been in my career, but I also recognize that I'm not necessarily happy either. I don't like having to live in New York, the work itself is boring at this point, and the thought of doing this another 15 years just doesn't excite me.
I recently received an offer to join an early stage startup (less then 10 employees) as head of strategy and development. The startup is located in Colorado, has a very vetted founding team, pays about 25% less, and seems genuinely interesting to me. I will receive equity in the startup as well.
So am I stupid for considering this? There is a very clear path at my hedge fund to make PM and then make real money. I have a great relationship with my team and the founder, and it is a very defined path going forward. Obviously the startup has none of this. The startup seems vastly more interesting though, it's in a place I would like living, and the startup scene in Colorado seems to be thriving with plenty of other opportunities if this one would fail.
I genuinely have no idea what to do. I don't want to completely ruin my career/life and was wondering if any of you have been in a similar situation or if you have any life advice in general?
Thank you in advance to anyone who replies.