William Saito, the Industrious Industrialist

From the age of ten, William Saito has been interested in new technologies ultimately founding the software company I/O Inc. Saito’s parents bought their young son a home computer while the technology was still new. He soon became enthralled with his computer and spent his time learning how the machine worked. From there, he worked his way to he forefront of cyber security.

In high school, Saito worked as an intern for Merril Lynch, writing programs. He spent two years helping the company before moving on to a busy college career. While attending the University of California, Riverside, William Saito began accumulating new tech which he used to publish his own newspaper, ‘The Tammany Times’ from his dorm. Saito also translated software for many Japanese companies, gaining fame under he name of I/O Software.

While I/O was gaining traction, William Saito began working with Datastorm Technologies. Datastorm was well known for a shareware program called ProComm. Because of his work with Datastorm, I/O was approached by NEC. NEC wanted to create software similar to ProComm for their new computer. Saito ended up renting an office space in Rancho Cucamonga after a request from NEC for a tour of their facility, which at the time was his dorm. NEC was only the first to visit the new office, which became the command post for I/O Software Inc

Saito put everything into his business. He began working with Sony, creating the software for thumbprint recognition. Because of his work, Microsoft partnered with I/O in 2000 to further develop authentication software. After his success in the cyber security industry, he sold I/O Software to Microsoft in 2004 before moving to Japan.

In Japan, Mr. Saito invested in startup companies before being named Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. Saito found himself providing IT and tech support to the National Diet Committee following the Fukushima disaster in 2011 under the title of Chief Technology Officer. The years following, Saito was a cyber security officer to the Cabinet Office and then an advisor to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.


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