William Saito and I/O SOftware
William Saito, Japanese-American, is a cybersecurity expert. By his junior year in high school, Saito stated I/O Software. Later in 2000, he sold the company to Microsoft. At that time, Saito returned to Japan and worked with several software companies. He was only 34 years of age when he sold his I/O Software to Microsoft.
Because of his vast computer skills and ability to understand computer technology by using reverse engineering techniques, he was offered several jobs throughout his career working with large companies who needed consulting or software written. Among these companies were Merrill-Lynch, Saito grew up not far from Silicon Valley, at the heart of the software age.
Saito’s Biography of his Tech Career
In his new book “An Unprogrammed Life: Adventures of an Incurable Entrepreneur” Saito details his life form the early years in Walnut, California thru his later in Japan and back to the United States. One of his first teachers in high school took notice of his geeky side and recommended he get a computer.
Thru the generous contribution of his parent of $5K, they purchased him a laptop, which Saito took apart and put back together on his own. Saito always struggled to learn English, probably because of his parents poor English language skills. However, one of his most significant contributions has been the development of fingerprint recognition software with Sony.
NEC computers herd about Saito’s ability to write software and contacted him to write software for their 9801 computer. After working for a time NEC contacted Saito to tell him they would be visiting him to visit his offices. Saito and his company at the time didn’t have offices, so over the weekend, Saito and his friends set up one in Rancho Cucamonga, much to NEC’s delight on arrival. Saito decided to keep the Cucamonga office as their central office.
William Saito graduate High School in LaVene, California in 1987. He attended the University of California at Riverside from 1988-1992. For a short while, he attended the Biomedical Science Program at UC of Riverside in 1988.