Case | HBS Case Collection | August 2011 (Revised January 2013)

Career at a Crossroad: Akhil Patel

by Noam Wasserman, Lisa Brem and Yael Braid


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?

Keywords: Decisions; Risk and Uncertainty; Opportunities; Entrepreneurship; Personal Development and Career; Green Technology Industry; Consulting Industry;


Wasserman, Noam, Lisa Brem, and Yael Braid. "Career at a Crossroad: Akhil Patel." Harvard Business School Case 812-010, August 2011. (Revised January 2013.)