William Saito is a Japanese American entrepreneur and expert in cybersecurity. He was born in Los Angeles, California, where he began to learn computer programming at the age of 10. While attending the University of California, Riverside, he used his skills in software programming to found a computer security company. The company, which he named I/O Software, created a service to display Japanese characters on English computers and software, and a fingerprint recognition system. Saito eventually sold I/O Software to Microsoft.
Having found great success in business, Saito found an interest in venture capitalism, investing in numerous Japanese start-up companies. His most notable venture was founding the cybersecurity and technology consulting firm, InTecur. By this time, his business acumen and cybersecurity expertise gained him recognition from not only his peers but the Japanese government. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recruited Saito to be a top advisor on cybersecurity issues. He has also worked as a strategic advisor to Japan Airlines, a member of the technical task force for the 2020 Olympics, and a board member for The Japan Times. Saito has accumulated a long list of honors and awards which include being named as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, one of the “100 Most Influential People for Japan” by Nikkei, and the Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young, NASDAQ and USA Today.
What has led William Saito to be so successful? Much of Saito’s success can be attributed to his wide range of diverse skills. Of course, he was an early learner of valuable computer programming skills, but his interpersonal and business skills were just as important. He demonstrated negotiating skills in his business dealings with Microsoft and eventually the sale of his first company. Furthermore, he has proven his ability to be able to communicate with investors, organizers, and politicians alike. Another important aspect of his work ethic is his ability to adapt to different types of work. After selling his first technology company, he was not confined to the world of tech. Instead, he transitioned into venture capitalism, learning about the world of business and economics along the way. Lastly, he owes his success to his ambition to succeed in whatever field he chooses.