William Saito is one of the worlds leading experts in encryption, biometric authentication and cybersecurity. He is a first generation Japanese-American that grew up in California in the 1970’s and 1980’s during the rise of personal computers. This combined with William Saito’s obsessive interest in engineering and technology lead him to teach himself how to program computers in elementary school and start his own company in college. William Saito has been recognized as one of the 100 most influential people in Japan and was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 1998 by Ernst and Young. These days William Saito keeps himself busy teaching, serving on company boards, appearing as a commentator on television and authoring publications. One of his recent books, An Unprogrammed Life, chronicles William Saito’s journey from child prodigy, to the young entrepreneur and now to one of the worlds leading experts in his field.
In the CEO profile of William Saito in Hi-Tech Chronicle the article’s author James Anderson discusses the rise of William Saito. William Saito grew up in a time and place where the personal computer was becoming a more commonplace. Emerging companies like Apple and IBM were making the personal computer more affordable. When on of William Saito’s teachers recommended he purchase a computer his parents took out a second mortgage on their house to help him purchase one. Due to his curious nature, he promptly took his new computer apart to discover how it worked much to his parent’s dismay. However, his intense curiosity leads to his great success. While he was still in high school William Saito took an internship with Merrill Lynch assisting them in writing some simple computer programs.
By the time he entered college William Saito had the knowledge and experience to start his own software company I/O Software. He used his unique talents with programming and his knowledge of Japanese to help companies translate software into Japanese. Later on, due to the companies early success, William Saito, and I/O Software had the opportunity to work with Sony in developing the first fingerprint recognition authentication.