I am a 40 year old software developer in the finance industry. Since my 20's my I have a pattern of working for a few years to build up the bank account, and the pursuing some entrepreneurial venture. One was successful, most weren't.
So I took a job in late 2007, and the company went public about a 6 months ago .... they granted me an insane amount of equity (about 1.7 mil which vests over the next 5 years). The company is a solid financial firm with a 40 year track record so I expect the stock price is solid with upside.
Although the works been fun and challenging, I am now at the point where I have a new business idea I feel really strongly about. I also cannot stand working in the corporate environment and love all the challenges that come along with a new venture.
So my question is would be absolutely insane to walk away from such a large amount of money to start a company with all the risks that are involved. I have enough money saved up to get me through the next few years and no family obligations.