Career at a Crossroad: Roopa Rao
Posted: 9 Apr 2012
Date Written: August 29, 2011
Akhil Patel is passionate about his business idea: an innovative green technology fuel cell. He wants to dive in and commit to his startup, but Roopa Rao, his fiancée, is much more risk averse, his parents don't approve of the startup, and Akhil has an enticing alternative offer from a prestigious consulting firm. Should Akhil follow his dream and become an entrepreneur? Or should he acquiesce to the other forces in his life and take the "safer" consulting job? This is a companion case to Career at a Crossroad: Akhil Patel, HBS No. 812-010, giving Roopa Rao's point of view.
Learning Objective: To acquaint students with the personal, market, and career windows of opportunity, and the tradeoffs for deciding when and if to start a new business.
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