William Saito is the Chief Executive Officer and President of Japan InTecur Company and was born in California. He took his first job at the age of 10 years and worked as commercial software programming and later incorporated it with his company a decade later. For Merrill Lynch, he wrote programs.
In 1998, Saito was named the youngest entrepreneur at the age of 27 years by USA Today, Ernst & Young and NASDAQ. He became the fast leading authorities on authentications, encryption, and biometric technologies. Nikkei recently named him as one of the most influential businesspeople in Japan.
Mr. William Saito was renowned for local manufacturing of customized PCs that he sold in 2004, and he is also the global leader in information and biometric security. He led the first world development of biometric authentication system and the licensed core technology that was attended by 160 companies from worldwide. In 2004 BAPI was purchased by Microsoft Corporation and intergraded on the Microsoft Windows becoming the global standard de facto.
William Saito moved to Tokyo in 2005 and founded the InTecur, a company that offers consulting services to different companies advising on ways of identifying and marketing their innovative technologies. He is the Chief Executive Officer of a Venture Capital Fund that helped him enjoy his passion of helping start-ups and entrepreneurs achieve the success in their ventures. Saito also advises the Japanese government’s agencies and offers lectures in prestige universities locally, and he is known for commenting on issues affecting the county polices. He does this on written speech, on national television, and through high-profile essays.
William Saito is a council member of the National Policy Unity dealing on matters concerning National Strategy and policies, and he is answerable to the Japan Prime Minister. He boasts of being a CTO and an adviser to the Fukushima Nuclear Accident and Independent Investigation Commission and the first ever such position in the history of Japan national legislature. William Saito has a strong presence on the global front being the World Economic Forum Foundation Board Member, and in 2011 he was honored with membership of Global Agenda Council and Young Global Leader.
According to William Saito, the opposite of every successful startup is not a failure but the ability to do anything to succeed. The fear of failing in business is shunned by the Japanese Culture making it hard for a startup to succeed. Saito says it’s crucial to embrace their weakness and diversity on other people strengths to leverage on success. He states that in Japan women have an open mind and encompasses the failure environment hence succeeding in most start-up companies. Saito indicates that innovation and entrepreneurship always have disasters and progress in life is born out of hardship and failures.
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