"The best part is that you have complete control over building the solution and team that you want in solving your chosen problem..."
"The downside is that the risk of failure is high, the risk of stress burnout is high, the time commitment is 24/7, and there might not be much to add to your resume at the end of it despite everything you accomplished and learned..."
"Advice on how to get started: Perhaps building your own business would be the best experience. There is a high demand for people who have given a solid attempt at doing their own startup..."
"It is not a purely "tech" role. To be successful you need to have a very good flair for working with people. Engineers can also be a proud (and at times demanding) bunch - the good ones are coveted by many. So if you take your team for granted, you quickly lose key people..."