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Truecaller Wants To Raise Over $100 Million In Stockholm IPO

Experts suggest that the upcoming IPO could take the company’s valuation to $3 billion.

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Truecaller, a smartphone app that identifies unknown callers has announced that it would like to raise $116 million in an initial public offering (IPO) on Nasdaq Stockholm.

The company will be listing its Class B shares (common stocks or preferred stocks offering fewer advantages than Class A) by the end of the fourth quarter of this year.

“One of our objectives this year has been to prepare Truecaller for an IPO. Thanks to the strong feedback that we’ve received from potential investors, it feels very exciting to take the next step in this process,” commented Alan Mamedi, CEO of Truecaller.

When Truecaller completed a previous funding round in 2018, the company was valued at more than $680 million. Now, some experts are saying that the upcoming IPO could take its valuation to $3 billion.

The money raised in the IPO will be used for future growth, for general corporate purposes, and to provide strategic flexibility for opportunistic acquisitions, as explained by Truecaller in the official press release.

Truecaller was founded back in 2009, and it currently has more than 400 employees. Its user base is almost 300 million large, and most of its monthly active users (92 percent) are located in India. In fact, 720,000 of its 1.2 million Premium subscribers were from India, according to May 2020 statistics. Another major market for Truecaller is the MENA region where traditional phone directories have little presence.

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Unlike many other similar solutions, Truecaller is a complete communication solution that eliminates the needs to switch to other apps, providing a spam-free inbox for text messages and an intelligent dialer that can reveal the names of unknown numbers.

The Premium version of Truecaller brings to the table a number of other features, including the ability to record phone calls and track upcoming bills and other important items.

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Binance Receives Virtual Assets License To Operate In Dubai

As its user base nears 200 million, CEO Richard Teng believes crypto adoption will soar over the next half of the decade.

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Global crypto exchange Binance has been granted a full operational license in Dubai, in a move that’s expected to accelerate digital asset adoption and strengthen the UAE’s regulatory landscape.

The virtual asset service provider license (VASP) was granted by the Dubai Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority (VARA) and will allow Binance to extend its current range of services to retail investors, the company announced yesterday.

The move by Dubai authorities will be critical to Binance’s strategy of growing its user base globally. The crypto exchange expects to pass the 200 million user mark “quite shortly”, according to Richard Teng, the company’s CEO.

Once that milestone is achieved, Binance will have around twice as many users as rival platform Coinbase. Meanwhile, Crypto.com, another popular exchange with 80 million users, received a Dubai VASP license last week.

“We’re seeing much greater institutional adoption and institutional money coming into this space [along with] much greater regulatory clarity and a lot more jurisdictions approving [digital asset] products that bring in new investor classes,” Binance’s Richard Tang explained, adding: “As of now, we stand at about 5% crypto adoption globally, but that will become much faster moving forward”.

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Dubai and the UAE are extremely supportive of technologies like digital assets, and have already launched initiatives to boost adoption. The UAE has ambitious plans to become a world leader in the crypto economy of the future, with Dubai in particular being noteworthy for passing a new law to regulate virtual assets to support investors and exchanges.

“Global crypto regulation is currently showing diverging signs. Some developed countries have long suffered from crypto-related frauds and illegal exchanges. On the other hand, emerging nations like the UAE and Singapore have enacted crypto laws at faced pace,” said Vijay Valecha, chief investment officer of Dubai-based Century Financial.

As the UAE gears up to become one of the fastest-growing crypto capitals worldwide, investors and talent are flocking to places like Dubai. During 2023, the Emirates as a whole realized $204 million in capital gains from cryptocurrency investments, according to blockchain data analysts Chainalysis.

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