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A Billionaire Who Left the US to Help Indian Villages Make Software for the World

Billionaire; one of India’s richest men; tech entrepreneur; self-made man; Padma Shri awardee — perhaps you have heard of Sridhar Vembu (54) by one of the above descriptions. Though, when you speak to him, you are struck by his genuine nature.

Despite being clearly unwell Sridhar didn’t reschedule our call and spoke with courtesy and patience, simply because he had made a commitment.

He has set up Zoho offices in two rural centers in India—one in Tenkasi, Tamil Nadu, and the other in Renigunta in Andhra Pradesh—with 7000 of its employees working out of these offices.

Zoho Corp is a web-based online office suite containing word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, databases, note-taking, wikis, web conferencing, customer relationship management, project management, invoicing and other applications. In addition it also has schools and vocational centres as a part of its conglomerate. His long-term plan is to have many more of its 8,800 India-based employees working out of “non-urban India”.


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