William Saito is an accomplished entrepreneur and cybersecurity expert. He was a Japanese political and strategic advisor. Saito got interested in engineering at a young age and got himself an internship at age 10. Since then, he has been a member of the tech industry.
At college, William Saito started his own software oriented company. He worked so hard that he saw it become the well-known I/O Software. I/O Software played a major role in the software industry of Japan. It contributed to the industry growth and led to the birth of authentication technologies such as fingerprint recognition. In 1998, he was recognized as Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year.
Recently, he shared his thoughts on how the financial difficulties have affected up-coming entrepreneurs. William Saito in an interview acknowledged that there can be many obstacles for start-ups in Japan. However, he said that many successful companies today are ones which were started during a time of crisis. He holds the view that now is the right time for a company to grow.
According to William Saito, companies are exposed to real-life issues during a time of financial turmoil that they should learn to deal with. Therefore, funds are not as accessible as a company would like it to be. A company must learn how to survive in the circumstances and when the time comes for them to grow, they can sustain any financial turmoil in the market.
William Saito believes that the biggest change in perception regarding Western and Asian cultures is a risk. He says that while western culture has the ability to bounce back from failures as quickly as possible, Asian culture doesn’t bounce back as fast as they should. This is because, in his view, Western cultures perceive failure as a stepping stone to something greater and also a learning opportunity.
The success story of William Saito is built around passion. His passion for programming and tech saw him go for an internship at age of 10 and later, launch a software company and become a CEO while in college. He was the CEO of I/O Software while in college and did not talk about it to other students.
Saito focused his energy and efforts in making I/O Software more successful while in college. After graduating from college, he put his innovative skills into practice. His innovative skills and determination saw him partner with Sony to produce the biometric data collection software.