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

Career at a Crossroad: Roopa Rao

by Noam Wasserman and Lisa Brem


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.

Keywords: Personal Development and Career; Business Startups; Business Growth and Maturation; Corporate Entrepreneurship; Work-Life Balance; Family and Family Relationships;


Wasserman, Noam, and Lisa Brem. "Career at a Crossroad: Roopa Rao." Harvard Business School Case 812-011, August 2011. (Revised August 2013.)