I'm currently in consulting and considering these two positions for my next career step:
- Chief Data Officer at a startup where I'd get to architect a new platform from the ground up, build my team, develop new products, etc.; tech stack is modern and existing team are sharp; company has fairly narrow product scope
- Director level position at a large consulting firm where I'd lead global delivery teams and build all kinds of data and analytics solutions (variety of technologies, clients, industries)
Let's assume both pay the same, offer similar work-life balance and travel, and that the startup is liquid for the foreseeable future.
Which is the stronger move in terms of exit options? In six years when I'm looking again, would the CDO experience position me for C-suite roles at mid-size firms or will people say, "CDO at a company nobody's heard of doesn't count for much"? Does keeping my saw sharp with more varied tech in consulting (+ larger teams, clients) make me more relevant? Your thoughts appreciated.