Zoho Revenue – $40m/year, Profit – $1m/month

January 19, 2010

Forbes has a profile of Sridhar Vembu, the man behind Zoho who is also known for turning down an acquisition offer from Salesforce.

Vembu has stretched this virtue to extreme limits, and added layers and layers of creativity upon it. The result? A 100%, bootstrapped, $40-million-a-year revenue business that sends $1 million to the bank every month in profits.

Vembu employs 600 people in Chennai, India, and a mere eight in Silicon Valley. Imagine what that does to his cost structure!

Not only that, in India Vembu’s operation does not hire engineers with highflying degrees from one of the prestigious India Institutes of Technology, thereby squeezing his cost advantage. link.