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Who is ZOHO

Zoho History


Zoho Corporation was founded in 1996 by Sridhar Vembu and Tony Thomas. Its initial name was Vembu Software and it operated in a small apartment in Chennai, India. The company’s name was changed to AdventNet in 2005 and it focused on developing an IT management portfolio of solutions such as test-automation, information security, and database search products. In 2009, the company changed its name to Zoho Corporation after its online office suite.

Today, Zoho has more than 50,000 customers with a majority being small businesses. Top brands that use Zoho products include Sony Ericsson, Siemens, Qualcomm, Nokia, Motorola, Lockheed Martin, Citrix, Cisco, and 3com.

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About Zoho

Zoho Corporation operates in three divisions:

  • Zoho.com offers online collaboration, productivity, and business applications
  • ManageEngine offers enterprise IT management
  • WebNMS serves the requirements of OEMs (original equipment manufacturers)

Zoho has its headquarters in Pleasanton, CA with offices in New Jersey, Austin, Beijing, Tokyo, and London. The company’s software research and development centers are based in Chennai and Tenkasi, India, as well as Beijing and Singapore. Its sales and support operations are based in Chennai and the Philippines. Zoho is a privately owned firm that has more than 3,500 employees in its global offices. The company says it is a profitable concern without any capital obtained from outside.

As part of its investment in R&D, Zoho operates a program named Zoho University to hire and train high school students. More than 15% of the company’s engineers come from this program. This initiative serves to boost the company’s workforce with smart employees and also helps it to give back to the community.