William Saito journey into the tech industry began at the young age of 10 with a computer programming internship. His curiosity for technology did not dwindle and continued into his college years. While in college he created a software firm. Where he eventually led to the development of Japanese software. William eventually sold the software to Microsoft in 2000.
Saito had an interesting dynamic while growing up in Walnut California. The town was just a few hours from the booming tech industry of Silicon Valley. One of the most exciting aspects during this time was the introduction of personal computing. Williams enthusiasm for technology caught the attention of his teacher. The teacher recommended the purchase of a computer to develop his math and science skills.
The suggestion also allowed Saito to focus on his strengths. One of the struggles that we’ve had during this time was speaking English. He was born to Japanese parents who still struggled with an English. As a result, William also struggled to learn English as a child. However, his challenge eventually led him to have a strong foundation in technology.
Fortunately, Saito’s parents took the teachers suggestion to heart. Even taking out a $5,000 mortgage on their home to purchase the computer. The computer at this time was revolutionizing the tech industry. For Saito, the computer became his favorite addiction. Saito taught himself programming and computer languages such as BASIC. Which eventually led to an internship with Merril Lynch while a junior in high school.
William Saito eventually was able to build his first program ProComm, while in his dorm room at UFC Riverside. He was later approached by a Japanese firm to create a similar software translated for the Japanese. This experience led to two additional opportunities.
William Saito’s major accomplishment is the production of a thumb scanner. Which he produced after selling his original software to Microsoft. This pc-based thumb scanner was developed for Sony. The application design by William is currently being used and as a thumbprint scanner and my smartphones today.