William Saito, the founder and CEO of Intecur is an authority in techpreneurship. Born in Los Angeles, California, Saito is a Japanese-American venture capitalist, businessman, and former advisor to the Japanese government. Saito’s interest in the tech world began at an early age. While aged 10 years, Saito had already got his first internship in the field of computer programming. In college, Saito was developing software for various purposes, a venture which eventually conceived I/O Software.
Having taught himself programming at an early age, William Saito had qualified for an internship at Merrill Lynch during his junior high school years. Here, Saito assisted in the development of simple computer programs to assist the then leading stockbroker process various mathematical models relating to their stock offerings.
His company, I/O Software developed fingerprint recognition system which was later used by Sony. Additionally, in 2000, the company partnered with Microsoft to enhance their authentication software in future packages of Microsoft Windows. In 2004, Microsoft purchased I/O Software from William Saito, a transaction which allowed him to venture into other ventures particularly in Japan.
After selling I/O Software to Microsoft, William Saito invested in several tech startups in Japan. Saito as \ an advisor to Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on matter of cybersecurity. From 2013 to 2017, he advised the Japanese Cabinet Office on Cybersecurity, while he also worked as an advisor to the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry on the same issues from 2016 to 2017. William Saito has also held advisory roles in various companies, including Japan Airlines, Fast Retailing, and Hakuhodo.
Apart from his accomplishments in the tech world and his role as the founder of Intecur, William Saito teaches at various universities, advises governments. He has also authored a book titled An Unprogrammed Life: Adventures of an Incurable Entrepreneur, whereby he narrates about his life, especially his early days in the tech world.
In honour to his efforts and significance to the tech world, Ernst & Young, USA Today, and NASDAQ recognized William Saito as the Entrepreneur of the Year in 1998. Japan’s Nikkei also identifies him as among the “100 Most Influential People for Japan.” Saito still continues to contribute to the tech world and aspects of the society, especially from his government advisory roles.