Entrepreneurship is not about taking a lot of risk.

Most entrepreneurs operate on the principle of a very big upside if the venture suceeds and a small downside if it fails.

If as a young person you have a big idea and you give yourselves two years to give it a shot what do you lose and gain over a lifetime if your venture fails. You lose some compensation but save 30% on the taxes on that extra compensation. You gain valuable experience which probably makes you do better as a corporate executive if you decide on that route. In Silicon Valley quite a few move on and try again. Some of them join promising start ups instead of trying to do their own.

I think most of the successful entrepreneurs in India over the next decade will not be from IIT or IIM because of their view of opportunity cost.

I am sure lot of you who read this post will have views on this topic. Personally my view is that being a lead entrepreneur is right for very few, joining an early stage start up is right for a lot more and being a corporate executive, investment banker or VC associate is the right choice for the majority.

With the current environment in India are the opportunity cost dice loaded in favor of entrepreneurs ?

Sanjay

Founding a startup in Delhi( Aug 2007) which hopes to build an elephant. Located in Delhi, India. Played a key role in building three elephants one in India, one in Thailand ( both for Citibank) and finally PayPal in USA, Silicon Valley. For more on my profile visit www.linkedin.com, become a member and search for me

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