LifeinAsia - 7:21 pm on Aug 31, 2007 (gmt 0)
Another vote for the degree for 3 reasons:
1) Getting a degree is not just about getting the knowledge. It's also about interacting with the profs and other students. Expand those interactions into a network to draw upon later in your career (for job referals, partnership potential, etc.).
2) You may later decide that you don't want to go solo any more and would rather work for a company. Not having a degree will close the door at a lot of companies.
3) You may later decide on a career change. Again, not having a degree will close the door at a lot of companies.