Staff Spotlight: John Antonucci, Director of Entrepreneurship

John is the director of LaunchVT, a statewide business mentoring and pitch competition, HackVT, a 24hr hack-a-thon competition, and Burlington Young Professionals. Prior to joining LCRCC John consulted for businesses and nonprofits and he was a co-founder of the Entrepreneurship Institute for the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont. He has degrees in Economics, Sociology, and Education from the University of Vermont.

What three traits define you?
Loyal, Persistent, Easily Fascinated

What is your personal philosophy?
Do Stuff, learn, and do it better.

What is one thing you could not live without?
My Thermos – coffee anytime, anywhere

What is the one thing you cannot resist?
Bacon, egg and cheese on an everything bagel

What is your greatest fear? 
Heights

Where is your favorite place to be?
Carse Hills

What is your favorite thing to do?
Mountain Bike

Where is the best place you have traveled to and why?
The Dominican Republic – mountains, waterfalls, motorcycles, sugar cane, coffee, beaches, and ice cold real Coca-cola (sugar not high fructose) in a glass bottle

What is the weirdest job you have ever had?
Patient Attendant at UVM Medical Center – you have no idea.

What has been the most important innovation you have witnessed in your lifetime?
Neuroscience, Virtual Reality, and the inevitable syncing of the two.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?
Astronaut – Assuming that in my fantasy world I’m not afraid of heights…

How do you define success?
Mostly doing what you intended to

What is the best book you have ever read?
Night Draws Near – Anthony Shadid

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.
I know a real Voodoo Priest from Haiti, and I believe in supernatural forces

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