Supplement | HBS Case Collection | August 2011

Career at a Crossroad: Packing Up

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 fiancee, 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?

Keywords: Business Startups; Technological Innovation; Job Offer; Personal Development and Career; Opportunities; Technology;


Wasserman, Noam, and Lisa Brem. "Career at a Crossroad: Packing Up." Harvard Business School Supplement 812-013, August 2011.