William Saito is a Japanese-American entrepreneur. He’s also the former political and strategic advisor and expert in cybersecurity. He started programming at a very young age. At, ten years old, he then got an internship in programming at Merrill Lynch. He would later start his own software company in 1991, while still in college, I/O Software, a company that would later go on to become a very well recognized both in Japan and across the world. They even partnered with Sony to develop authentication tools including fingerprint recognition infrastructure. He, however, later partnered with Microsoft in 2000 after being named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur in 1998. Microsoft would go on and acquire the I/O Software, Inc. in 2004 when it bought all its assets.
IBM created a microcomputer in the early 80s which would later be the computer that Saito’s parents bought for him after taking a second mortgage. William Saito would later take it apart and reassemble it which gave him his insatiable curiosity of knowing what is inside a computer and the software. While living in his dorm, in California University, Saito translated software to Japanese for Japanese companies. He worked with Datastorm Technologies, the company behind the shareware technology ProComm on many levels before NEC, a Japanese company heard about him and asked him to create software that was simpler than ProComm for the computers.
He moved to Japan to become a venture capitalist by investing in startup businesses earning him a Young Global Leader in 2011, at the World Economic Forum. William Saito provided IT and technical support after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. He worked as a cybersecurity advisor between 2013 and 2017 to the Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry from 2016 to 2017. Other places Saito has ventured in include, Japan Airlines, 2020 summer Olympics and Paralympics, JAL, The Japanese Times and Hakuhodo among others.
William Saito resigned from most of the positions he held in 2017 after Ichiro Yamamoto claimed that Saito had falsified his educational background and cybersecurity work experience. He later said that he didn’t graduate from UCLA with a medical degree and he also clarified his role in the Fukushima disaster. He was also accused of purchasing ghost followers on twitter from Devumi. He denied this claims and deleted his account.