Venture Capitalist William Saito


Nikkei named William Saito as Japan’s top 100 most influential people. William’s software programming started way back in elementary school. While still in high school, William began his first company. In 1998 he was named the entrepreneur of the year by NASDAQ, Ernst & Young, and USA Today. He was recognized as one of the leading international people in biometric authentication, encryption, and cybersecurity. In 2005, William Saito sold his company to Microsoft and moved to Tokyo. He then founded another company called InTecur, a ventures capital and consultancy firm that recognizes innovative technology, helps entrepreneurs to become successful as well as developing international talent. In 2012, Saito got an appointment to the national strategy and policy council which was reporting directly to Japan’s Prime Minister.

William Saito also advises numerous national environments across the world. Since 2011, Saito worked at the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent investigation commission as the Chief Technology Officer. In addition to this, William is the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s Foundation Board Member. WEF named William as the Young Global Leader as well as Global Agenda Council member. Moreover, in Japan, William has had an opportunity to advice such organizations as METI, MLIT, METX and MIC, the Information Technology Promotion Agency, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and many others. Currently, he is the Cabinet Office’s special advisor. He also teaches in several universities as well as sitting in multiple companies’ board meetings.

William Saito is an investor and a venture capitalist at Japan’s tech revival forefront. His primary focus on business with abundant potential has created him a reputable profile in the start-ups companies as well as young entrepreneurs. He started his first software company from his hostel while doing his undergraduate studies at Riverside’s University of California. Since then, William has put his resources into as well helping over 25 organizations to pick up from the ground. William believes that failure is never detrimental but a necessary step up the success ladder. Entrepreneurs who are not ready to take risks are likely to remain less innovative as well as having no significant process. Saito’s main success came from security software development. According to William Saito, failing forward is a vital concept for anyone who wants to achieve a competitive advantage. Not all ideas will be successful but without trying one will never be able to know what works and what does not hence, not able to better their products.