William Saito Hiroyuki is a successful investor, cybersecurity expert, an author, and businessman whose parents migrated from Japan to the United States. The Japanese-American was born in the city of Los Angeles in 1971, and from a tender age of 10 years, he was already interested in technology and was researching on computer programing. His easy-going personality, decisiveness and creativity make it easy for people to engage him as a businessman.
His latest book interestingly covers and illustrates his beginner days establishing his business and trying to succeed in a technology world full of hurdles. It is titled ‘An Unprogrammed Life: Adventures of an Incurable Entrepreneur.’ He writes that from a young age he has always had an engineering mind an undying curiosity to disassemble gadgets like phones studying how the software works. He hilariously recounts how this got him into trouble with his parents after he dismantled a computer they had sacrificed to buy him, an experience that increased his desire to understand software and networks.
Computers and technology was not as sophisticated as it is today when William Saito was growing up in the 1980’s. Computers were expensive and the internet was still a new and costly phenomenon. For Instance, they used a bulletin-board-system to message which is ancient to today’s systems. Saito eventually founded a successful software company while at the University. He creatively maneuvered college as a young Chief Executive Officer who interpreted software in Japanese for companies in Japan. Saito later developed a biometric recognition system that uses fingerprints which saw him work with Sony. This heightened his company’s status as a security company in the technology sector. He later sold the company to Microsoft in 2000.
William Saito’s expertise has earned him a seat on several advisory boards for the Japanese government and cabinet on matters of cybersecurity. He was a member of the special unit set up by the Japanese government to advise it on preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. He was also the strategic advisor to Japan airlines for two years.
William Saito has also consulted for international firms like PricewaterhouseCoopers and The Chertoff Group. He is also an established businessman who invests heavily in tech startups. He seeks to advise individuals on how to adapt their businesses to the changing technology needs.