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From a Network Management company called AdventNet in 1996 to introducing ‘Zoho Remotely’ to facilitate ‘work from home’ in 2020, the company ‘Zoho Corporation Private Limited’ has touched almost every corner of software development and web-based business implements. Zoho is an Indian software development company and IT business corporation which began its operations in 1996. Here is the detailed depiction of Zoho’s successful accomplishments.

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Zoho – Company Highlights

Startup Name Zoho
Sector Sotware Development
Headquarters Chennai India
Founded 1996
Founder Sridhar Vembu, TonyThomas
Parent Organization Zoho Corporation Private Limited
Website www.zoho.com
contact info@zohocorp.com

Zoho – About
Zoho – Founders and Team
Zoho – Vision and Mission
Zoho – Name, Tagline, and Logo
Zoho – Funding and Investors
Zoho – Growth and Revenue
Zoho – Business Model and Revenue Model
Zoho – Competitors
Zoho – Future Plans

Zoho – About

Zoho Corporation Private Limited is an Indian company which was founded by Sridhar Vembu and Tony Thomas in 1996. The company was initially named ‘AdventNet’ which focused on Network Management. It expanded its operations in Japan by June 2001. Zoho released its best-selling apps Zoho CRM and ‘Writer’ by 2005, followed by the release of Zoho Sheet, Zoho Creator, Zoho Show, Zoho Meeting, and Zoho Docs. Zoho reached one million users by the year 2008.

Zoho introduced its other products and services and established Zoholics, which is the interface to explore the suite of Zoho applications. With over 13 million users in 2014, Zoho became one of the largest subscription businesses. Zoho eventually propelled in almost every sector of sales, finance, communication and marketing. The company brought in a greater digital transformation with more than 50 million users in 2019, and introduced ‘Zoho Remotely’, a toolkit to expedite ‘work from home’.

Zoho – Founders and Team

Sridhar Vembu, zoho founder

Zoho was founded by Sridhar Vembu and Tony Thomas in 1996. Sridhar Vembu completed his bachelors from IIT Madras and did his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University. He started his career in Qualcomm in 1994 and privately held Zoho two years later. Tony Thomas and Sridhar Vembu were batchmates in IIT Madras, and they both had similar interests in business and technology which led them to build their massive venture. Now, Zoho operates with around 10,000 employees.


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Zoho – Vision and Mission

Zoho’s vision is to create superior software to solve all business problems. The company’s investment is more in developing its products and customer support rather than focusing on sales and marketing.

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The name ‘Zoho’ was the result of the abbreviation “Small Office Home Office”, says the founder Sridhar Vembu. Before, the company’s tagline was ‘Made in India. Made for the world’.


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Zoho – Funding and Investors

Major investors in the zoho are Zenedge, Zentron Labs and Boston Motors. Its recent funding was raised on May 2020, for an undisclosed amount led by Boston Motors.

Funding details are given below:

Date Stage Amount Lead Investors
May 30, 2020 Seed Round - Boston Motors - Boston Motors
Aug 23, 2019 Seed Round - Boston Motors - Boston Motors
Dec 20, 2016 Seed Round - Zentron Labs $516K Zentron Labs
Sep 08, 2016 Series C - Zenedge $6.2M Zenedge
Nov 24, 2014 Corporate Round - Zentron Labs - Zentron Labs
Jan 31, 2013 Seed Round - Zentron Labs $524K Zentron Labs

Zoho – Growth and Revenue

Zoho’s profit increased by 26.3% to Rs.516 crore in FY19 and has seen a 37.1% growth in operating revenue to Rs.3308 crore in the fiscal year 2019. The company has made a revenue of Rs.121.07 crore only from India, excluding the export of services.

Zoho utilized all its assets effectively that resulted in its overall turnover ratio of 0.93. Zoho has made a total of five investments in companies such as Boson Motors, Zentron Labs, and Zenedge.

Zoho – Business Model and Revenue Model

‘Marketing through Engineering’ is Zoho’s ultimate business model. It allows people to use their applications with no initial cost and it neither earns through advertisements. It’s only the products’ quality which is behind the successful business model. Zoho, with its ‘freemium model’, allows for a free sign-up initially, followed by specific charges for its premium upgrades.

“A lot of the cloud companies are moving away from the freemium model. We still believe in it strongly because for us, the economics is, we want to get as many users as possible first.

Get them to use our product strongly — we actually track usage very heavily — and then since we have a portfolio, they will discover more and more of the Zoho suite, and then they end up buying something”, says Sridhar Vembu, Co-founder, and CEO of Zoho.

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Zoho – Competitors

Zoho tops the list in almost every segment of software management and competes with leading companies such as Freshworks, Salesforce, Oracle, Pipedrive, HubSpot, and QuickBase.

Zoho – Future Plans

Sridhar Vembu says that the company will focus on expanding its distribution and cloud connectivity to rural areas to boost the local economy. Zoho’s vision is to restore economic viabilities of rural regions through effective cloud technology, i.e., ‘Cloud-enabled rural revival’.

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