What sets Faisal apart is the unique position and perspective he has always maintained, which is grounded in a hardcore technology with deep roots in leading-edge management science and mindful entrepreneurship. His intense curiosity has always led him to explore disruptive approaches to solving complex business problems.
Faisal Hoque is a student of life, entrepreneurship, and humanity. Entrepreneur at age 14, he left his birth-land Bangladesh at the age of 17. Since then he calls America his 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 (Goldsmith was recognized as the #1 Leadership Thinker in the World in 2015 by the Thinkers50 organization.)
As a child, he saw war and famine. As a college student, he worked as a janitor on the graveyard shift. As a corporate professional, he was recruited by giants like GE, Dun and Bradstreet, and Pitney Bowes. As a serial entrepreneur since the early 90s, he has been a cutting edge innovator in the fast-paced world of technology and global businesss.
“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
Today he is the founder of Shadoka and leads the company to enable aspirations to lead, innovate, and transform. Shadoka’s accelerators and solutions bring together the management frameworks, digital platforms, and thought leadership to enable innovation, transformation, entrepreneurship, growth and social impact.
As a prolific author, he has written several books, including Everything Connects – How to Transform and Lead in the Age of Creativity, Innovation and Sustainability (McGraw Hill, 2014) and Survive to Thrive – 27 Practices of Resilient Entrepreneurs, Innovators, And Leaders (Motivational Press, 2015). Formerly of GE and other global brands, he regularly contributes to Fast Company, Business Insider, and others. His work has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Mergers & Acquisitions, CBS, Fox, Forbes, Financial Times, and Leadership Excellence, Huffington Post among others.
Through his ventures, he has worked with global brands such as GE, MasterCard, American Express, Northrop Grumman, PepsiCo, IBM, Home Depot, Netscape, Infosys, French Social Security Services, Gartner, Cambridge Technology Partners, JP Morgan Chase, CSC, and others.
Tens of thousands of people follow Faisal on social media. His work is frequently shared globally by entrepreneurs, executives, corporations, academia, educators, and celebrities alike. See highlighted followings at the social media section of Faisal’s website.
Popular among readers globally, some of his articles have been read by as many as 1M+ readers. Also review:
American Management Association (AMA) named him one of the Leaders to Watch in 2015. The editors of Ziff-Davis Enterprise named him one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Technology alongside leading entrepreneurs such as Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Michael Dell, Larry Page, and others. Trust Across America-Trust Around the World (TAA-TWA) named him one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders alongside global leaders such as Bill George, Tony Hsieh, Doug Conant, Howard Schultz, and others.
He is hailed by his customers, academics, media, and global personalities alike:
Everything Connects – One of the “12 Business Books You Will Need to Read in 2014” – Dr. Adam Grant, Professor at the Wharton School, Best Selling Author of Give and Take, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller
“By marrying the power of creativity and innovation, there is very little we can’t accomplish. Everything Connects shows where and how this is happening and inspires us to join in this new era” – Professor Mohammed Yunus, Nobel Laureate & Founder of Grameen Bank
Everything Connects shows why sustainable innovation begins with you–yes, you. – Dr. Vijay Govindarajan, Professor, Tuck at Dartmouth & Author of New York Times & WSJ Best Seller Reverse Innovation
See an example of one of his keynotes at the Royal Society of Arts, London on “How To Lead and Transform in the Age of Creativity, Innovation, and Sustainability“. More examples can be found here.
Frequently in the media, below are some of his recent interviews:
He is a public speaker at entrepreneurship conferences, innovation forums, business schools, and leadership summits. His talks are focused on entrepreneurship, innovation, creativity, leadership, mindfulness, and social impact.
Notably, the CEO Summits at the NY Stock Exchange, Global China Summits, Forbes Business Leadership Forum, Sino-American CIO Summit in Beijing, European CIO Summit in Monte Carlo, MIT Sloan Fellows Program in Innovation and Global Leadership, Thunderbird Sustainable Innovation Summit, BOOTH School of Business – Entrepreneurial Ventures, CFO Magazine Technology Summit, Chief Executive Magazine CEO Roundtables, and Yale School of Management CEO Summits, among others.
Faisal Hoque was chosen as one of the top 25 speakers for 2016 out of 1,300 thought leaders at SPEAKING.com. Over 25,000 votes were cast and he ranked number 10 among the honorees. Other honorees include: Simon Mainwaring, Kevin Harrington, Dr. Travis Bradberry, Allison Massari, Scott Amyx, Carey Dunai Lohrenz, Muhammad Yunus, Daymond John, Mark C. Thompson and Liz Wiseman. See highlighted speaking engagements on Faisal’s website.
A lifetime student of Eastern philosophies, he holds a strong belief that it is through knowledge sharing of our experiences that we may provide the greatest clarity on how to improve our collective future. His blog got named as one of The Best Entrepreneurship Blogs for 2017 (ranked #1) – “Entrepreneur Faisal Hoque’s blog is packed with great tips for aspiring small business owners, but his psychological tips for staying strong under pressure and in the face of failure are a real standout.”