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About Sridhar Vembu

Sridhar Vembu is the founder and CEO of privately held Zoho, a maker of cloud-based business software. Vembu, who owns 88% of Zoho with his family, started the business as AdventNet along with two siblings and three friends

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  • When you look at the Indian startup scene today, which aspects hearten you? What disappoints you? Many startups have burnt VC money for customer acquisition—is that a legitimate practice? How did you innovate to win customers with no VC money to burn?
  • Why Zoho exists? How you actually pull it off?
  • How Zoho works?
  • Take me through the way you build products. How do you identify what problems to solve and how you pick one area over another?
  • How does Zoho make money? Help me understand the engine, the philosophy behind making money. How do products make money at Zoho?
  • Most of the products that you have built or the problems that you are solving having been solved, there are companies with offerings. In going forward, having done what you have done so far, would you look at solving something unsolved or would you look at creating a market?
  • How do you look at artificial intelligence? Is it like a threat to the whole SaaS model like some people are beginning to read at it? Will it be an existential threat?

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