Well written Abheek. I believe that except a handful of students who feel passionately about the company or the founder, most people in campus placements are driven by the lure of higher rewards — both professional responsibility and personal growth that startups offer. It is inherently more risky but people ignore it quite consciously. I remember being on a top b-school campus as a recruiter in one of my previous jobs — that school allows students to negotiate offers on the spot and not surprisingly each student was trying to maximise value across offers notwithstanding any loyalty they had pledged to company’s vision few minutes back in the interview. There is no point crying foul when the risk overpowered reward in the risk-reward equation when everyone partied till reward outdid risk.