I'm currently at a crossroads in my professional life and would like to have the forum weigh in on this.
I have very recently finished my military service and have been pretty much doing software development through the entire service so I don't have much sense in how things are going in the 'civilian' industry.
I have approached an angel investor with an idea I have for a product and we've been pushing the whole deal forward, it seems he's interested and very confident of me. As part of our research and meeting people we've met with a person who's a CEO of a small-medium start-up who I trust a lot. During the meeting my idea of the product has been dismissed by him and he suggested taking the idea to a different direction (this is fine by me as I agree with the points he has brought up). I have some doubts about the new direction of the idea and whether it can be effective and attractive for people.
So this means that if all goes well, in the case that I get the investment and open a start-up company I will most likely be the CEO and the company will have about 3-4 people.
On the other side I have signed a contract (about 3 months ago) to start working at a different company where I can learn much, both in the professional and managerial spectrums. I will have to pass on this job if I decide to continue and open a start-up.
Most of the people I've approached for advice have expressed some sort of concern of my lack of management experience (I'm 23) and have advised me to start working first and gain some experience of how things work in the civilian industry. On the other hand, I've always believed in just getting into things and learning as I go so this is difficult for me to accept.
Should I pass on this opportunity and wait till I've gathered some more experience? Does managing a small start-up company require any hard to acquire skills?