Zoho Corporation Pvt. Ltd
Founded1996; 24 years ago (1996)
FounderSridhar Vembu
Tony Thomas
HeadquartersChennai, Tamil Nadu, India (global)
Pleasanton, California, US (corporate)
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Number of employees

Zoho Corporation Private Limited is an Indian software development company. The organisation focuses on web-based business tools and information technology, including an online office suite, Internet of things management platform, and a suite of IT management software. The company was founded in 1996 by Sridhar Vembu and Tony Thomas in Pleasanton, California, and currently holds its presence in seven locations with its global headquarters in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India and corporate headquarters in Pleasanton.


From 1996 to 2009, the company was known as AdventNet, Inc.[citation needed]

AdventNet expanded operations into Japan in 2001. Zoho CRM was released in 2005, followed by the releases of Projects, Creator and Sheet in 2006. Zoho expanded into the collaboration space with the release of Zoho Docs and Zoho Meeting in 2007. In 2008 the company added invoicing and mail applications, reaching one million users by August of that year.[2]

In 2009, the company was renamed Zoho Corporation after its online office suite.[3] The company remains privately owned.[4]

In 2017 Zoho launched Zoho One, a comprehensive suite of over forty applications.[5]

Zoho reached more than 50 million customers in early 2020.[6]

Billionaire Radha Vembu owns a majority stake in the company.[7]


Zoho is headquartered in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, and as of 2019 has 12 offices around the world.[8] Its US headquarters is currently in Pleasanton, California [5] with plans to move to Austin, Texas by 2021.[9] The research and development campus is in Estancia IT Park, Chennai. Zoho has an office at Tenkasi, from where their product Zoho Desk was built and launched.[10] The company operates in China and also has offices in Singapore and Japan. The bulk of its support operations are carried out from its office in Chennai.[11][12]Zoho also has an office in Renigunta, Andhra Pradesh and has been operating from this office since 2018.[13]

2020 controversy

In January 2020, the founder and CEO of Zoho Corporation Sridhar Vembu caused controversy by attending and endorsing a high-profile event organised by the right-wing Hindu nationalist organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.[14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23]


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  7. ^ Sachmechi, Natalie. "Meet the World's 178 Newest Billionaires". Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  8. ^ "Cloud services firm Zoho to shift U.S. headquarters". The Hindu. 15 July 2019. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  9. ^ Cantu, Tony (9 April 2019). "California Software Firm Zoho To Move Headquarters To Austin". Patch Media. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  10. ^ "How Zoho Aims To Put Tenkasi On The Map With Zoho Desk-A Product Built In The Downtown Of Nowhere". Inc42. 22 November 2016.
  11. ^ D'Monte, Leslie (24 November 2014). "Is Zoho the future of enterprise software?". Livemint. 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.
  12. ^ "Zoho Corporation eyes 100 million users of its products in five years". Financial Express. 8 August 2015. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  13. ^ "Zoho Corporation opens office at Renigunta". The Hindu Business Line. 13 January 2018.
  14. ^ Bhalla, Kritti (7 January 2020). "Zoho CEO Defends Attending RSS Event Amid Twitter Outrage". Inc42. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
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  16. ^ Singh, Upneet (7 January 2020). "Zoho CEO defends proposed attendance at Indian right wing organisation event amid severe backlash". The Tech Portal. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  17. ^ News, PTI (6 January 2020). "IT officials taking part in RSS event invite Twitterati's ire". Yahoo News. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  18. ^ Koshi, Luke (6 January 2020). "Zoho CEO slammed for being guest at RSS event, he retorts that he works as per conscience". The News Minute. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  19. ^ Quint, The (7 January 2020). "#BoycottZoho Trends After CEO Accepts Invite to RSS Event". The Quint. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  20. ^ Chennai, PTI (8 January 2020). "Accenture boss clears RSS air". The Telegraph. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  21. ^ Lormen, Abigale (9 January 2020). "Accenture India MD backs out of attending RSS event in Chennai". Times of India. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  22. ^ Staff, JKR (9 January 2020). "Accenture chief backs out of RSS event after protests, Zoho founder Sridhar Vembu says he will attend because of his 'conscience' call". Janta Ka Reporter. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  23. ^ Vaitheesvaran, Bharani (7 January 2020). "Never agreed to participate in RSS event: Accenture India top exec". The Economic Times. Retrieved 7 January 2020.

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