Blogger feature, blogging and update

Yeah! Blogger’s latest editor now has a spell check feature. Its frightening to see all the mistakes in my older blog entries. Fix or not?

The feature itself is a little buggy.  Namely, if you save/post a blog entry with “spell check” on, it will leave the highlights (in yellow) in the post itself.  Nevertheless, even with its very basic features, its a godsend to those with bad spelling habits – and will continue to perpetuate them.  Its also embarrassing to see all the misspellings instantaneously.

For the 3 people who read my blog, no I have not lost interest in writing periodic entries.  I have been a little busy with a number of activities, but mostly in creating presentations for four (1, 2) presentations I have in the coming weeks.  I hope to post excerpts of those presentations here.

One of the four presentations I will be speaking is at yet another Economist Conference (YAEC – my third this year) on Thursday, May 20th.  This particular presentation will be put on by the Corporate Network group at The Economist and I will be on a panel with my two friends Ted Matsumoto (SVP Softbank Mobile) and Jun Yamada (Chairman Qualcomm Japan).  I will talk about this event in a near future blog when I finish the presentation.

Finally, I received many comments on how ugly my personal website looked.  Therefore, I am in the process of updating the content and porting it to WordPress.  I decided to use WordPress since Blogger didn’t give me the flexibility of making the site non-blog looking.  How is my website and blog site different?  I asked myself the same question.  I guess I’m using the website to show relatively static information organized/grouped in a logical format and the blog site a more dynamic chronological representation of my thoughts and activities.  Anyway, I hope to have the new site up in the next couple weeks.

Stay tuned!

William Saito
Special Advisor at Cabinet Office (Govt. of Japan)
Named by Nikkei as one of the “100 Most Influential People for Japan,” Saito began software programming at an early age and started his own company in high school. By the time he was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 1998 (by Ernst & Young, NASDAQ and USA Today), he was recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on encryption, biometric authentication and cyber security.

After selling his business to Microsoft, he moved to Tokyo in 2005 and founded InTecur, a venture capital firm and consultancy that identifies innovative technologies, develops global talent and helps entrepreneurs become successful. In 2013, Saito was appointed a Special Advisor to the Cabinet Office for the Government of Japan.

Similarly, in 2012 he served as a council member on national strategy for the Cabinet-level National Policy Unit, and prior to that, was named as the Chief Technology Officer for the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission (NAIIC). He is a Foundation Board Member at the World Economic Forum (WEF), and has been named by the WEF as both a Young Global Leader and Global Agenda Council member.

Saito also advises several national governments around the globe. In Japan, he has also served as an advisor to METI, MIC, MEXT, MLIT, AIST, IPA and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), among others.

He teaches at multiple universities, serves on several corporate boards, appears as a commentator on national TV and is the author of numerous publications in addition to writing a weekly column for a prominent Japanese business newspaper. His best-selling management book, The Team: Solving the Biggest Problem in Japan, was published by Nikkei BP in 2012, his follow-on book, Is Your Thinking up to Global Standards?, was published by Daiwa Shobo in late 2013 and his autobiography, An Unprogrammed Life: Adventures of an Incurable Entrepreneur, was published in 2011 by John Wiley & Sons.

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