Corporate Profile – AdventNet, Inc. (creator of Zoho)

January 5, 2007 at 4:32 pm 4 comments

Company: AdventNet, Inc.

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Location: Headquartered in Pleasanton, CA

Launch Date: Founded in 1996

In the company’s own words, what is it? Zoho is one of the brands from AdventNet, a software company started in 1996 focusing on building affordable software for businesses.

AdventNet has served a diverse range of enterprise IT, networking and telecom customers. We know our customers have a choice of many vendors, and we want to earn their business and their trust by working hard for it. And having earned their business, we want to keep them happy so they will choose to do business with us again. These simple ideas have served us well, during good times and bad. AdventNet has achieved impressive growth, and has emerged as a rock-solid supplier and partner, with sound financials.

Outside quote about company: Chris Harris of the School Library Journal said, “I have become hooked on Zoho Writer, a Web-based word processor. Similar tools include Writely and ThinkFree. Featuring many of the standard functions you would expect from a desktop-installed software suite, these Web applications enable you to select fonts, colors, and text styles or insert bullets, tables, and images. Users can auto-save their work, find and replace content, and even spell-check. You can also save documents as templates—for example, a lesson plan template that is preformatted with your basic information.

So how does a tool like Zoho Writer differ from OpenOffice? For one, it’s free. The real distinctions start to show up, however, after you have finished typing. Save a document with your desktop word processor and there it sits. Sure, you can move it around using the Sneaker-Net on a USB flash drive or e-mail the document, but there are serious limitations. Save a document using Zoho Writer and it is available wherever you can access the Web. You can share the document with read-only or read/write permissions with a simple e-mail invitation. Or you can make the document public and allow anyone to read what you have written. The options don’t stop there; you can also automatically post it to a blog, export it to a PDF file, or even save it in the standard DOC format for use in Microsoft Word.”

Features: Zoho Office Suite:
* Online word processor
* Online alternative to traditional spreadsheet applications
* Online presentation tool
* A web-based collaboration groupware that includes Email
Client, Documents, Calendar and more
* Zoho Wiki

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Sridhar Vembu, CEO
Dr. Tony Thomas, CTO
Jai Anand, Controller

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. lnxwalt  |  January 6, 2007 at 12:54 am

    I was comparing Zoho with Google Docs and ThinkFree today. It looks like Zoho is head and shoulders above the competition.

  • 2. techaddress  |  January 6, 2007 at 1:18 am

    Thanks for the comment Inxwalt. We think that Zogo is doing one heck of a job as well.


  • 3. John Harper  |  January 7, 2007 at 10:05 am

    I had read about Zoho in PC Mag among others. I decided to try ThinkFree for my first attempt at online collaboration with 10 people via the Active Rain community.

    ThinkFree was too cumbersome. Finally abandoned the project due to time constraints. I’ll give Zoho a try on my next attempt.

    Here’s the
    to the project if you want to follow the hassles

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