William Saito is a Japanese and American businessman, investor, and visionary that has served many different roles along the course of his life. William Saito got his start in technology. He has been closely involved in developing technology since he was only ten years old, when he landed his first internship in computer programming.
When Saito was in college, he wasted no time and started his own software firm while still living in the dorms. He created I/O Software, a company that would go on to fuel Japan’s technological boom. Saito helped to develop authentication applications like fingerprint recognition software. At only 34 he sold I/O Software to Microsoft. Only two years before he won an award for Entrepreneur of the Year.
Taking Things Apart
William Saito many would say was destined to get involved in the technology space. He grew up in Walnut, California, which was only a day drive away from the infamous Silicon Valley. He just happened to be blossoming into a man during one of the most exciting times of the technology boom happening in that location at the time. As a result, his interest in engineering and computing was a natural transition.
William Saito even said himself that from an early age he had always enjoyed, “taking things apart”. Saito got his kicks at an early age by breaking copy protection on software, getting inside them to see how they tick. This hobby of his turned into a profession when he decided to start a software security firm with some of his friends in college.
After selling his successful company to Microsoft, William Saito become a cyber security consultant to a number of big names in the political arena, including a prime minister.
William Saito’s success in the technology sector had a lot to do with his skill set, as well as his passion. There was desperate need for cyber security in the 80’s and 90’s. Saito spent a lot of his time learning how to get around already established cyber security as a youth, so these adept programming skills became very valuable to Silicon Valley, and the rest, is history.