Zoho Corporation

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Zoho Corporation Pvt. Ltd.
Founded 1996
Founder Sridhar Vembu
Headquarters Chennai and Pleasanton, California
Area served
Key people
Sridhar Vembu (CEO)
Number of employees
Website www.zohocorp.com

Zoho Corporation is an information technology and business management software as a service (SaaS) developer. The company was founded in 1996 by Sridhar Vembu and Tony Thomas in Pleasanton, California and has development offices in India and China.


From 1996 to 2009, the company was known as AdventNet Inc. In 2009, the company was renamed Zoho Corporation after its online office suite of the same name.[2] The company launched and grew without outside funding, a term known as bootstrapping, and is held privately.[3]


The company is headquartered in Pleasanton, California with a research and development campus in Estancia IT Park in Chennai, India. The company operates in China in a joint venture with Baihui and also has offices in Singapore and Japan. The bulk of its support operations are carried out from its office in Chennai.[1] In Singapore, Zoho entered into a joint venture with Fujitsu and operates under the brand name of skydesk.[4]


Network Management Framework[edit]

Zoho Corporation started as a network management framework provider for telecommunications and network equipment vendors. Initially the company developed other software such as an SNMP API stack, an element management system (EMS). The NMS framework is marketed as WebNMS which competes with similar NMS products from HP, CA and few other enterprises.

IT Management Products[edit]

Until 2003, the company's business focused only on large and enterprise class customers. During the slowdown[5] in 2003, and as a plan to bring in more revenue, the company ventured into SMB market by offering commercial IT management products which were either stripped down versions of their WebNMS framework, or built on top of WebNMS codebase. The company marketed their IT management products under the ManageEngine branding.[6]

Zoho Office Suite[edit]

In 2005, the company launched Zoho Office Suite, which includes a web-based word processor, a spreadsheet program, a mail program, a calendar, contacts list, and other business-oriented programs.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b D'Monte, Leslie (24 November 2014). "Is Zoho the future of enterprise software?". Mint. HT Media Ltd. Retrieved 5 August 2015. Developers at zoho’s office in Ramapuram, Chennai. Zoho has around 2,600 employees, of which about 96% are based in India. 
  2. ^ Arakali, Harichandan (6 June 2016). "The Bootstrapped Buddhist: How Sridhar Vembu built Zoho". Forbes India. Archived from the original on 21 October 2016. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  3. ^ "Bootstrapped Unicorns". huffingtonpost.com. 12 January 2015. Retrieved 24 July 2017. 
  4. ^ "Zoho Corporation eyes 100 million users of its products in five years". Financial Express. 8 August 2015. Retrieved 5 August 2015. 
  5. ^ Kaiser, Emily (10 August 2012). "Recession 2013? IMF Warns That Global Economic Slowdown Is Getting Worse". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 22 September 2017. 
  6. ^ Vembu, Sridhar (10 July 2007). "Happily Bootstrapping: Zoho CEO Sridhar Vembu (Part 1)". sramanamitra.com (Interview). Interview with Sramana Mitra. 
  7. ^ Lohr, Steve (26 August 2009). "Zoho: Thriving Amid the Giants". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 November 2016. 

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