"Valuable experience is valuable experience. Startup experience is neither more valuable nor less valuable. The key at least to me isn’t where you were, it’s, “Did you dig in? Did you work your butt off? Did you perspire?”"
Steve Ballmer's response to this question: “If I take the risk, I go for a startup, and I turn down some good job offers I’ve got at the moment, later on is that going to come and bite me if the startup doesn’t go well, or will the experience from the startup still help me get there in the long run even though it wasn’t successful?”