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September 11, 2008

Where would you like to go for your first job?

Angel investor Paul Kedrosky has sparked off a discussion on where-in -the-world an unencumbered 22-year-old American graduate
would like to for an exciting first job.
You want to be part of something big and dynamic, a truly dynamic economy where you're going to be able to rise up with it. The U.S. has long been that place, and maybe you think it no longer is -- or maybe you do. Whatever. Where in the world -- visas aside -- would you go?

I got that question the other day from a recent graduate, and I surprised myself with how quickly I could answer it. I knew immediately where I would go, hands down, with hardly a moment thinking about it. But how about you? Any city, any country, anywhere in the world. You're 22. Where would you go?

In the spirit of full disclosure, where would I go? Brazil. While I'm painfully aware of the many problems -- infrastructure, crime, capital, corruption, etc. -- that the country still has, I love the dynamism, growth, optimism (mostly -- see my trip notes for more), etc. And it doesn't hurt that the economic numbers are generally good too, with some exceptions.

Interestingly, there was a solitary vote for Bangalore and none for Singapore!
Arun Natarajan is the Founder & CEO of Venture Intelligence, the leading provider of information and networking services to the private equity and venture capital ecosystem in India. View free samples of Venture Intelligence newsletters and reports.