Social Impact: The Philosophy of Zoho CEO Sridhar Vembu

Watch CXOTalk episode 842 for conversation on social impact and business purpose with Zoho CEO, Sridhar Vembu. 


Jun 07, 2024

Join CXOTalk episode 842 for a conversation with Sridhar Vembu, the CEO of global technology company Zoho, as he shares his unique perspective on business and its role in society.

In this episode of CXOTalk, Vembu goes beyond typical CEO pronouncements about "doing good." He explains how a deep commitment to social impact is at the core of Zoho's philosophy, shaping everything from product development to employee empowerment.

Episode Highlights:

  • Defining Social Impact: Vembu's personal take on social impact and its critical importance in the corporate world.
  • The Zoho Philosophy: A deep dive into the core principles that differentiate Zoho from typical Silicon Valley companies.
  • Balancing Profit and Purpose: How Zoho successfully integrates social good with business success.
  • Empowering Communities: Real-world examples of Zoho's initiatives aimed at uplifting local communities and fostering sustainable development.
  • Advice for Leaders: Vembu's insights and guidance for CEOs and business leaders who aspire to prioritize social responsibility.

Sridhar's leadership at Zoho is a testament to the power of purpose-driven business. By prioritizing social impact, Vembu not only challenges the traditional metrics of success but also demonstrates how businesses can be a force for positive change.

Whether you're a CEO, entrepreneur, tech enthusiast, or someone passionate about social responsibility, this episode offers valuable lessons and inspiration. Join us for this live discussion!

Sridhar Vembu is the co-founder and CEO of Zoho Corp. He is known for his unconventional choices. Sridhar started a product company in India when the service sector was all the rage in the IT sector. In 2005, he began the Zoho University program with six high school students, who were trained for two years in computer science and eventually absorbed in the company. Currently, 15% of Zoho's workforce is made of ZU graduates. Instead of opening new offices in metros, he prefers smaller towns or suburbs. In 2016, the Tenkasi office located in rural India launched Zoho Desk, a product that was developed there.

Michael Krigsman is an industry analyst and publisher of CXOTalk. For three decades, he has advised enterprise technology companies on market messaging and positioning strategy. He has written over 1,000 blogs on leadership and digital transformation and created almost 1,000 video interviews with the world’s top business leaders on these topics. His work has been referenced in the media over 1,000 times and in over 50 books. He has presented and moderated panels at numerous industry events around the world.

Published Date: Jun 07, 2024

Author: Michael Krigsman

Episode ID: 842