3 Questions with Startup Virginia's Chief Programming Officer, Richard Wintsch
Published on April 27, 2018
If you weren’t working with high growth startups, what would you be doing?
Born and raised in Geneva, Switzerland, I came to America to play college golf and pretty quickly realized I couldn’t compete as a professional golfer - #ouch. I love the golf industry and would most likely be on the range teaching aspiring golfers the ins and outs of the game.
What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?
Be more open to learning about yourself. Prior to my current position at Startup Virginia, I launched several leadership programs and realized the importance of emotional intelligence and the power of understanding yourself and others. Looking back, I wish I’d learned more about that side of myself earlier in life.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
My motto is simple: Happy Family, Happy Life. When my two children and entrepreneurial (and soon to be author) wife are happy then I’m at ease with myself. Throw in a round of golf, watching my soccer team Newcastle United win and hanging out with my neighbors…and let’s just say that’s a pretty awesome day.