William Saito is a cybersecurity expert and a former political and strategic advisor in Japan. He currently lives in the United States where he is engaged in technology entrepreneurship. He joined technology at a very early age. At the age of 10, he was already a computer programmer. In college, he had his software firm which he operated from his dorm room. The company would later become one of the biggest technology firms in Japan offering technologies such as fingerprint recognition among other authentication tools.
William Saito named his company I/O Software before selling it to Microsoft in 2000 when he was 34 years old. In 1998, Ernst & Young gave him the award as the entrepreneur of the year. William Saito has written a book entitled “An Unprogrammed Life: Adventures of an Incurable Entrepreneur,” which details his development path to being a top entrepreneur in the world. He started his journey in the 1980s.
William Saito grew up in California near Silicon Valley, which was the hub of technology developments in the United States. He was brought up by Japanese parents who were living in the United States, and therefore English was never his first language. His teacher even recommended that he concentrates on developing his math and science skills using a computer. By poor in English did not bother him. What he knew is that his engineering skills were unique. He could see devices at home apart and reassemble them right from a young age. He always wanted to know how things were working. He learned how to break copy protection just for fun when he was very young. While other people are excited about filling puzzles and crosswords, his interest was getting into software and understanding how they worked.
He developed I/O Software when he was in college. This was at a time when the internet was just being introduced. At the same time, computers were now available after scaling down from the large ones which could only fit in massive structures before the 1970s. One of the happiest days in the lie of William Saito was the day his parents bought him a personal computer from IBM. However, even after that, he still took the computer apart to learn how it worked. Hel later assembled it back together. He continues with his interests in technology until now that he is old and still in the industry.