I got an offer to come on as a second year analyst at a(CS, , ).
Ive been working at a boutique IB for the past year since graduating. The office is only 6 people, but the MD is pretty well known in our region, so we see a bunch of the middle market deals. I'm probably averaging 60hrs/week (but have done a couple 100+hr weeks for deals with short timelines) and making around 20%-25% less than BB analysts.
My long term goal is to found my own startup and with my (relatively) lax hours at this bank, I've had time to start working on a business idea. It's based of a company we advised. The market is fairly new (4-5 years old) and I think I can address a market that hasn't been tapped yet.
My rationale for taking the BB offer is that I'm hedging my life, and it could help me in the event that I grow up, become less idealistic and want a long term career in finance.
My rationale for sticking at the boutique is that I have time to work on this startup and I get to see a lot of different companies that are sometimes founder owned.
I have literally no idea what to do. Everyone I know is saying that I should take the BB offer, but I think it boils down to how much risk I'm willing to take with my life.
What do you guys think?