Faisal Hoque is an accomplished entrepreneur, noted thought leader, technology innovator, advisor to CEOs, BODs, and the US federal government, and an author with more than 25 years of cross-industry success. He is the founder of SHADOKA, NextChapter, and other companies. They focus on enabling sustainable and transformational changes.
Throughout his career, he has developed over 20 commercial business and technology platforms and worked with public and private sector giants in many different industries, private and public.
The Journey So Far...
Faisal Hoque is an accomplished entrepreneur, noted thought leader, technology innovator, advisor to CEOs, BODs, and the US federal government, and an author with more than 25 years of cross-industry success. He is the founder of SHADOKA, NextChapter, and other companies. They focus on enabling sustainable and transformational changes. He also serves as a strategic partner and a thought leader for CACI, and works extensively with US Federal Agencies. CACI is a $6 billion public company who plays a vital role in US national security. He is a 3 times winning Founder and CEO of Deloitte Technology Fast 50 and Deloitte Technology Fast 500™ awards.
Talk about a trip: entrepreneur Faisal Hoque started his career in the U.S. as a “janitorial engineer,” but eventually went on to raise millions for his businesses, despite setbacks like being ousted as CEO of his own company (sound familiar, Apple?).
At the age of only 14, he began what would be the first of many businesses; cobbling together stereo components to sell from his father’s home in Dhaka, Bangladesh in order to save the money he would need to support his plan to study in the United States.
He built his first commercial software product at the age of 19 while studying at the University of Minnesota, and went on to hold management positions in Pitney Bowes and then Dun and Bradstreet. In 1991, Pitney Bowes recruited him to join one of their R&D groups before he finished his undergraduate degree. At Pitney and Dun and Bradstreet, he worked on cutting-edge analytics and decision support methods and systems for customer intelligence, sales effectiveness, and revenue optimization before CRM/ERP, Sales Automation, and Business Intelligence were hardly concepts.
As a serial entrepreneur, he has raised venture capital from angels, strategic partners, and institutional investors to fund his innovative business-to-business startups. Over the decades, his companies innovated products and solutions that: provided middleware software for complex, secure transaction processing; created industry’s first set of re-usable software components for integrated B2B e-commerce; and pioneered comprehensive business value management frameworks and platforms.
As a thought leader, he has authored a number of books on leadership, innovation, mindfulness, resilience, organizational transformation, and entrepreneurship, including the #1 Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller Lift – Fostering the Leader in You Amid Revolutionary Global Change, and Everything Connects – How to Transform and Lead in the Age of Creativity, Innovation and Sustainability. His work has appeared in Fast Company, Business Insider, Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Fox, CBS, Financial Times, Mergers & Acquisitions, Forbes, Leadership Excellence, and Huffington Post among other publications.
He holds a strong belief that it is through knowledge sharing that we may provide the greatest clarity on how to improve our collective future. As a globetrotter, he is passionate about nature, people, culture, music, and design, and he loves to cook.
Leaders to Watch
American Management Association
100 Most Influential People in Technology
Top 100 Thought Leaders
Bestselling Author of LIFT
#1 Wall Street Journal
#2 Barnes & Noble
3x Winning Founder and CEO – Technology Fast 50 | Technology Fast 500™
Everything Connects – One of the 12 Business Books You Will Need to Read in 2014
Adam Grant, Wharton Professor, New York Times Bestselling Author of Give and Take
The Power of Convergence – One of the Best Business Books of 2011
800CEOREAD, CIO Insight
Winning the 3-Legged Race – Top 5 Transformation Books
Sustained Innovation – Editor’s Picks: The 10 Best Business Books of 2007
MY FOURTH ACT
When All The Dots In Life Begin To Connect
Why I return to the ancient spiritual texts. What my mom and my son are teaching me about resilience. How I started to connect the many invisible dots in life.
Originally Published @ My Fourth Act Podcast by Achim Nowak
Faisal's Book Shelf
Most Impactful Non-Fiction Book Read
SĀDHANĀ: The Realization of Life
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.
Most Impactful Business Book Read
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Peter F. Drucker
The first book to present innovation and entrepreneurship as purposeful that explains and analyzes the challenges and opportunities of America’ s new entrepreneurial economy. A superbly practical book that explains what to know, learn, and do in today’ s economy.