Originally Posted by globetrotter
wow, this isn't a simple thing.
being the guy on the ground in a country is fun and very good for career development
india is the place to be now - it is a growing economy and an important one. you can leverage that to work elsewhere, or you can make your career being an "india expert" for corporations.
I have experience both in india and in working for start ups. if you have specific questions pm me
Thanks GT. I was hoping you would chime in. I will address a couple of points you raised here:
The start up right now includes 4 main players: 3 young guys (about my age) as partners, and 1 woman (one of the partner's older sister who moved from DC to work on this). Of the 3 partners, 1 of them is a really good friend from college (he is not Indian), and the other two are Indian.
I am slightly worried about survival in Mumbai, but thankfully I have a lot of family and friends who might be able to support me or help me for a bit if it comes down to it. If I ask around to the people I know, I am fairly positive I can find a place to live for free (if not free, than fairly cheap). Regardless of that, living on a meager salary in Mumbai is not going to be easy, and I am mentally preparing myself for that.
I completely agree with you that the opportunity to be out of my comfort zone and learn a multitude of different things will be a huge positive. I am still trying to figure out how I can work it in CV.
How exactly do you think I can leverage this work elsewhere and in what capacity? I was hoping that I can leverage it while applying for a b-school down the line, but I am curious how I might be able to leverage this in the corporate world.
In any case, the plan right now is that I am flying out to India in 3 weeks to meet two of the partners (the two indian guys I don't know too well). I will be there for awhile, and that is when I will meet them in person, discuss the role, and negotiate some sort of equity/stock options plan.
As mentioned before, this is not a simple decision. I realize that it is very risky, but the chance to do something completely different might not come again in my life. I have had many a sleep less nights already, but the more I think about this the better I get about it.