Why are we not gaga over Zoho?

Zoho is arguably the ONLY global product to come out of India from ANY company, and its a sweet product. It gives mighty Google Apps a run for their money; and Zoho’s Creator is a path breaking innovative product.

So why is VentureWoods not talking more about Zoho? Is it because of lack of awareness of Zoho? Or is it because of lack of glamor due to being non VC funded?

Questions:
1. Have you used Zoho?
2. Will you consider using any of their products for daily work? Why? Why Not?
3. Do you think Zoho can take on Google Apps or is the Google brand too big and Google quality too good?
4. What is the marketing advise you would give Zoho to gain a fair share of the applications space?

Note: I have nothing to do with Zoho, don’t know anyone there, but do use their products and I think they are brilliant.

21 August: Techcrunch reports Zoho making their services available offline; and check out what poster no. 8 in that thread has to say: http://www.techcrunch.com/2007/08/21/zoho-goes-offline-in-a-good-way/

29 Responses to “Why are we not gaga over Zoho?”

  1. Ashish says:

    Here are the interviews I conducted with Zoho founding team:
    On Zoho’s product suite: http://www.pluggd.in/2007/07/zoho-interview-raju-startups-indianhtml

    On Entrepreneurship: http://www.pluggd.in/2007/08/interview-with-sridhar-vembu-founder-of-zoho-indian-startups

    Before asking the qns like “have you used Zoho”, I believe the appropriate question should be “Have you used an online doc system? Have you felt the need for the same?” – Most of the Indian netizens aren’t using the product and these products aren’t meant for any specific geography.

    -Ashish

  2. Pushkar says:

    ZOHO is very much loved by Arrington and team and have got considerable coverage on TechCrunch(even slideshare too). They have good unique products + they were early in the market though I don’t know the teams involved with the product, I am just getting the feeling that they got there basics right. By the way, I am happy with Google docs so far … :)

  3. sash says:

    OK why doesn’t zoho also start a free email service? They are the web guys, so i’m sure can do all that gmail does and more. Don’t tell me there are already too many players. Recount how soon gmail rose to the top with yahoo, hotmail etc around.
    As someone pointed out, it would be GREAT marketing tool for zoho.

  4. Ari says:

    I stand corrected, Zoho is not free.
    Other parts of my post remain intact.

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