William Saito, founder and CEO of Intecur was born in Los Angeles, California. The Japanese-American venture capitalist, businessman and a past advisor to the government of japan, is a prominent figure in techpreneurship. His interest in technology developed at a tender age. At 10 years of age, Saito had already procured an internship position in computer programming. He developed a software while in college which lead to the birth of I/O software.
Due to his familiarization with programming from an early age, William Saito landed an internship at Merrill Lynch in his junior high school years. He aided in the advancement of simple computer programs to the then top stockbroker to process various mathematical models that were related to their stock offerings.
Saitos’ company, I/O software developed fingerprint recognition system which was later adapted by Sony. In 2000, the company amalgamated with Microsoft to improve their authentication software in Microsoft Windows upcoming packages. In 2004, he sold I/O software to Microsoft enabling him to undertake other ventures in japan.
After the sale of I/O software, William Saito began to invest in multiple tech beginners in japan. He offered advisory services to prominent figures in japan on matters of cyber security. He advised the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japanese cabinet office in 2013 to 2017 and the minister of Economy, Trade and industry from 2016 to 2017. He also holds advisory roles in companies including Japan Airlines, Fast Retailing and Hakuhodo.
Despite his triumphs as a tech entrepreneur and founder of Intercur, William Saito holds classes in various universities and plays the role of government advisor. He is the author to books like An Unprogrammed Life and Adventures of an Incurable Entrepreneur, where he talks of his life in the tech world.
Due to his outstanding efforts, in 1998, Ernst & Young, USA Today and NASDAQ honored William Saito as the Entrepreneur of the year. Japans Nikkei recognizes him amongst the “100 Most Influential People for Japan.” Saito still contributes to the tech world and various aspects of the society, particularly his advisory roles to the government.