Career at a Crossroad: Akhil Patel

Posted: 9 Apr 2012

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Noam Wasserman

University of Southern California - Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

Lisa Brem

Harvard University - Business School (HBS)

Date Written: August 15, 2011

Abstract

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 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 take the "safer" consulting job?

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.

Suggested Citation

Wasserman, Noam and Brem, Lisa, Career at a Crossroad: Akhil Patel (August 15, 2011). Harvard Business School Entrepreneurial Management Case No. 812-010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2037286

Noam Wasserman (Contact Author)

University of Southern California - Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies ( email )

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Lisa Brem

Harvard University - Business School (HBS) ( email )

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