William Saito, tech entrepreneur and founder of I/O Software (a company eventually acquired by Microsoft), has a long history of being ahead of the curve when it comes to emerging technologies. The Japanese-American grew up in Walnut Grove, California, in the 1970’s and 1980’s, close to the area that would become Silicon Valley, and as a child and teenager worked closely with then-new personal computers like the Apple II in the burgeoning digital age. As a college student, he started security company I/O Software out of his dorm room, and – especially after Japanese investors took an interest – the company became highly effective and trusted brand it is today.
William Saito’s Thoughts on Russian Technology
Historically, the contributions of Russia to science and technology have been enormous, from helping to complete the periodic table to pioneering the radio. However, today there are no global Russian tech brands on the level of companies such as Sony or Microsoft. William Saito believes that this is likely to change and that western investors are wise to look to Russia to see which emerging technologies and companies are going to be profitable going forward.
William Saito, Cyber-security Pioneer
William Saito’s interest in cyber-security dates back to his adolescence when he would break down software simply to see how it worked. He learned how software and systems could be made more secure and used his business skills to develop and market valuable protection for his clients. His background in digital security as well as being present during the early days of the personal computer revolution in Silicon Valley make him one of the most highly sought-after experts on cyber-security issues in the world today. Furthermore, growing up in a Japanese-American household and later traveling extensively between Asia and the United States give him useful cultural perspectives.