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My Journey So Far

I am a student of life, entrepreneurship, and humanity. Entrepreneur at age 14, I left my birth-land Bangladesh at the age of 17. Since then I call America my home.

“Faisal Hoque, the entrepreneur, innovator, was born in Bangladesh (nearby where Buddha was once born) and found himself in the boardrooms of Fortune 100s by the time he was 27.” – Dr. Marshall Goldsmith

As a child, I saw war and famine. As a college student, I worked as a janitor on the graveyard shift. As a corporate professional, I was recruited by giants like GE, Dun and Bradstreet, and Pitney Bowes. As a serial entrepreneur since the early 90s, I have been traveling the cutting edge world of innovation, technology, and global business.

“Talk about a trip: entrepreneur Faisal Hoque started his career in the U.S. as a “janitorial engineer,” but eventually went on to raise $95 million for his businesses, despite setbacks like being ousted as CEO of his own company (sound familiar, Apple?).” – Fast Company

It was August of 1986. I had just finished my first summer semester at SIU after arriving from Bangladesh. I was 17 and a student of the College of Engineering. After paying my tuition fee for summer and fall, I had $700.00 to survive, get educated, and move forward with my life! My new American friends suggested I introduce myself to the ‘art and science’ of on-campus ‘janitorial engineering’ – quickly, if wanted to survive! I had the graveyard shift. I got so good at buffing floors (given my obsessive compulsive nature) that before long I was asked to clean the offices of the University officials. Read More >

Chance Encounters

We all have stories. In life’s journey there are many encounters. Some are planned; some are by accident; and some by divine intervention. I left home at 17 on March 16th in the mid 80’s. Although, there is nothing unusual about a teenager leaving home for college at that age, many years later as I write this blog on this particular weekend, I can’t help but feel like Paulo Coelho’s ‘Warrior of the Light’ for what happened on that journey. More interestingly, what has followed on since then! Read More >

A Quote I like

“I have become my own version of an optimist. If I can’t make it through one door, I’ll go through another door — or I’ll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.” – Nobel Laureate Bangali Poet Rabindranath Tagore

Most Impactful Non-Fiction Book I Read

SĀDHANĀ: The Realization of  Life – by Rabindranath Tagore, Author of ‘GITANJALI’

“Sadhana – The Realization of Life” is a breathtaking collection of spiritual discourses given by Rabindranath Tagore to the boys in his school, in Bolpur, West Bengal. Compiled and translated by Tagore from his Bengali lectures, the book consists of eight essays, in which Tagore answers some of the most profound questions of life: Why did God create this world? Why would a Perfect Being, instead of remaining eternally concentrated in Himself, go through the trouble of manifesting the Universe? Why does evil exist? Do love and beauty have a purpose?

Most Impactful Business Book I Read

Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Practice and Principles – by Peter F. Drucker

“This defines entrepreneur and entrepreneurship – the entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.” ― Peter F. Drucker

 


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