Entrepreneur William Sato is a Japanese-American who has become a globally recognized expert when it comes to cybersecurity and other technological subjects. He taught himself how to program when he was just 10 years old and started his first company in the tech industry when he was still in college. This business, I/O Software, became a critical component of the Japanese software industry and worked with Sony to build authentication tools like fingerprint recognition. He sold this business to Microsoft when he was 34 years old.
William Sato grew up in Walnut, California, which is pretty close to Silicon Valley. He grew up when personal computing was first becoming popular and he became very enthusiastic about it. A number of years ago he moved to Japan and has worked as a consultant for that nation’s government since that time. He ended up writing a book about his experiences which is called, “An Unprogrammed Life: Adventures of an Incurable Entrepreneur”.
It was while drinking with some Sony engineers at a bar that he came up with the idea of fingerprint recognition. He brought up that they had a high-resolution camera that could easily identify individual fingerprints. William Sato said that all they had to do was modify the lens, write the code of some pattern-matching software, and the result would be a portable way to read fingerprints.
In town for Interpol World 2017, William Saito, special adviser to Japan’s cabinet, talks about the Japan-EU trade deal and the third arrow in Abenomics.
He has also been a consultant to the Russian government. He says that country has been trying to break into the global technology sector. For the past several years the only Russian software anyone was using was the security program Kaspersky. Most people and businesses are no longer using that program, though, ever since the Department of Homeland Security sounded the alarm on it.
William Sato says that the Russian government knows they are far too reliant on providing energy to other nations and so wants to develop other industries, such as technology. As a consultant, he advised that they start to fund tech startups and modernized their national architecture so that they could further advance this industry. He was a big part of one Russian tech firm being established which is Slovolko.