Just finished a great essay by venture-capitalist and technology guru Paul Graham tautologically entitled "Why to Not Not Start a Startup." (once you unrvael that, click on over and read the full article).
My favorite snippets:
... paradoxically, if you're too inexperienced to start a startup, what you should do is start one. That's a way more efficient cure for inexperience than a normal job. In fact, getting a normal job may actually make you less able to start a startup, by turning you into a tame animal who thinks he needs an office to work in and a product manager to tell him what software to write.
... when you find an idea you know is good but most people disagree with, you should not merely ignore their objections, but push aggressively in that direction. In this case, that means you should seek out ideas that would be popular but seem hard to make money from.
There are other pearls in the piece. I'm interested in what you think, though. After reading Paul's argument, would you start a startup? Or not?