While the United States has been at the forefront of many technical innovations with powerful companies such as Microsoft, Apple, and Google, they aren’t the only leader in this constantly evolving business space. William Saito is a Japenese-American businessman who grew up just a few hours from Silicon Valley – America’s tech capital. Having already landed his first computer programming internship when he was 10, William Saito practically grew up in the cybersecurity field developing fingerprint authentication software through a collaboration with Sony and his own software company, I/O Software. He has also done other complicated tasks, such as translating English software to Japanese.
You don’t often hear about Russia when reading about technological advances. However, this could soon change thanks to the work of William Saito and other American tech leaders. He is meeting with Russia leaders as a tech consultant. In order for Russia to be at the new forefront of technological innovation, there are many changes that must take place. Russia used to be very well known for the Kaspersky security software, but after a Department of Homeland Security report in 2017, American sales of Kaspersky has plummeted.
William Saito knows what must take place in order for Russia to become technologically competitive. A big issue with Russia’s innovation problems comes down to how innovators are treated. With lack of support and investment from Russia, it is difficult for new ventures to even get started. Russia must find ways to fund startups, as tech companies can cost quite a bit of money to get started. They must also be willing to work with American innovators on this process. Mr. Saito has had many successful endeavors in Silicon Valley and knows what it takes for a tech company to become successful. Though his consulting, as well as advisors from many large Silicon Valley companies, Russia could soon be the leader in tech innovation.