William Saito, a Japanese-American technological guru, began work as a child. When he was ten years old he began a computer programming internship. In high school Saito took an internship at Merrill Lynch writing computer programs to process mathematical formulas for their stock trades. This turned out to be a prelude to an actual software firm he started while attending University of California, Riverside, in 1988. Originally William Saito used his company to program security software.
In the early 1990s William Saito and I/O Software worked with Datastorm Technologies on many projects involving translation of software into Japanese. His work sparked the interest of NEC, a Japanese computer company who wanted software comparable to the most popular of the era, Procomm Plus for Windows. They were particularly keen because they knew Datastorm had been behind the success of Procomm, a software that worked with Microsoft.
After leaving the university, William Saito worked full time with his I/O Software company. His skill with biometric data and collaboration with Sony lead to a PC-based thumbprint scanner. Using innovation, he came up with a way to trim the sheer overwhelming volume of data in a fingerprint,consolidating it to only the main features needed for analysis and recognition. Quicker printing and processing were the result. Sony’s final product was a portable fingerprint scanner with I/O recognition software. A great personal achievement stemming from this was the Entrepreneur of the Year which William Saito received in 1997 from Ernst and Young. Santo’s work also resulted in Sony topping the market as encryption experts and to Microsoft’s acquiring I/O Software not much later.
The success of William Saito can be attributed to his dedication to hard work and single minded focus on computers, software analysis, and programing. He did not date in his younger years and his parents had worked diligently to help him develop his mathematical and language skills.