William Saito’s Unique Entrepreneurial Motives and Perspectives

spcblog, 02 July 2018, No comments
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William Saito is the CEO of InTecur. He began to work with software programming while still in elementary school. He started his own software firm in his dorm room while attending University of California at Riverside. He was a student in their Biomedical Science program. He was recognized as a lead entrepreneur in 1998 for his talent in encryption, cyber security, and biometric authentication. He has also been named at the top of “100 Most Influential People for Japan” by Nikkei.


Saito founded Intecur after selling his previous business to Microsoft and then moving to Tokyo in 2005. InTecur is mainly a venture captial firm that helps to identify innovative technologies and develops international talent in ways to help entrepreneurs around the globe to be successful. Aside from InTecur, William Saito also serves as an adviser to governments internationally. These include organizations such as MIC, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, and is currently the Special Advisor to the Cabinet Office. He has also held several university teaching positions.


One of the secrets to Saito’s success is that failure is not a bad thing. It’s simply a necessary step to innovation and to finding out what works. He even says that if you’re not failing in some regard, it probably means that you’re not trying hard enough. He takes this attitude outside of the office as well. For example, after the 2011 tsunami, earthquake, and nuclear meltdown in Tohoku, William Saito stepped right up to the plate to serve as the Chief Technology Officer for the Japan Parliament.


When asked what his typical day is like, he makes it sound very simple. He stated that he simply spends most of his working hours with clients to get down to the bottom of their issue and then proceed to innovative solutions unique to them. He does not believe in rushing through things and says that that’s what he would tell his younger self if he could. He says that one thing that is true that almost no one agrees on is that cybersecurity and information security can act as real differientiators and give a real competitive edge. That is, compared to keeping up with the competition in the traditional way and making it a burden.


Another secret to William Saito’s success is simple perseverance. He says that anyone can make something that will sell once. It’s whether it sells more than once, and especially on an ongoing basis, that matters.




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