I've got some decisions to make in the next few days and I'd love to hear your thoughts just to see if I've missed any lines of reasoning.
I have an offer for a trainee program at one of thehouses (Glencore/Traf/etc). 6 months ago this was hands down my dream job and I fought hard to get it. It's a non-US placement so the chance to travel is a big plus. Unfortunately, I'm having a hard time sizing up my chances of actually making it to a trading position a few years in so input on this would also be welcome.
At the same time, my start-up is finally starting to take off and we just wrapped up a sizable seed round. The start-up is in a a consolidated industry that is very competitive and somewhat insular. We're getting some great attention and if we don't totally fumble it I could see an acquisition exit within a couple of years.
I'm having trouble shaking the idea that the former is a once in a lifetime opportunity whereas I can always build another start-up.
Posting from an anonymous username. There are a lot of posters on here that I respect and I'd really appreciate any advice. There's way too much hype around startups and too little respect for trading in my peer/mentor network.