Zoho Corporation

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Zoho Corporation Pvt. Ltd.
Founded 1996, Pleasanton, California, United States
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 a Chennai and Pleasanton, California-based information technology and business management software as a service (SaaS) developer.[2] The company was founded by Sridhar Vembu and Tony Thomas in 1996, and has development offices in India.


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.[3]


The company is headquartered at its largest campus in Estancia IT Park in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Formerly, it filed headquarters in Pleasanton, California, United States. The company also has offices in Singapore, Japan, China, and other cities in India, namely New Delhi and Tenkasi. The bulk of its sales and support operations are carried out from its office in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India and the Philippines.[1] In addition, the company has research and development centres in Singapore, Beijing, China and Tenkasi.[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[clarification needed] 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 [5] branding. Their first product released under the ManageEngine brand was a network monitoring software called OpManager 4.0 which competed with WhatsUp Gold and other monitoring products. Following OpManager 4.0's success, a host of other related products were developed and marketed targeting various segments of IT management. The ManageEngine became a commercially successful brand in the following years.

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.[6] The Zoho Suite products have both a free edition and paid editions.[citation needed]


The company launched and grew without outside funding, a term known as bootstrapping, and is held privately.[7] It does not disclose its revenue publicly, but as of 2012 it was believed to be a quarter of Salesforce.[8] The company has various Zoho Corporation Partner programs across the world.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ a b D'Monte, Leslie (2014-11-24). "Is Zoho the future of enterprise software?". www.livemint.com. HT Media Ltd. Retrieved 2015-08-05. Developers at zoho’s office in Ramapuram, Chennai. Zoho has around 2,600 employees, of which about 96% are based in India. 
  2. ^ D'Monte, Leslie (2014-11-24). "Is Zoho the future of enterprise software?". www.livemint.com. HT Media Ltd. Retrieved 2015-08-05. It’s an 18-year old Indian software product company not too many people have heard of, and venture capital and private equity investors have wooed unsuccessfully for close to two decades. 
  3. ^ Arakali, Harichandan (2016-06-06). "The Bootstrapped Buddhist: How Sridhar Vembu built Zoho". Forbes India. Archived from the original on 2016-10-21. Retrieved 2016-10-21. 
  4. ^ "Zoho Corporation eyes 100 million users of its products in five years". www.financialexpress.com. The Indian Express [P] Ltd. 2015-08-05. Retrieved 2015-08-05. Recently, the company had opened an R&D centre comprising 120 people at Thenkasi in Tamil Nadu. 
  5. ^ Vembu, Sridhar (2007-07-10). "Happily Bootstrapping: Zoho CEO Sridhar Vembu (Part 1)". sramanamitra.com (Interview). Interview with Sramana Mitra. 
  6. ^ Lohr, Steve (August 26, 2009). "Zoho: Thriving Amid the Giants". The New York Times. Retrieved November 7, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Bootstrapped Unicorns". huffingtonpost.com. 2015-01-12. Retrieved 2017-07-24. 
  8. ^ Milian, Mark (2012-11-29). "No VC: Zoho CEO ‘Couldn’t Care Less for Wall Street’". go.bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2015-03-28. 

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