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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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Spotify Is Experimenting With Artist NFT Collections

According to a recent survey, it seems that the currently tested NFT collections are just the first step toward a much broader implementation of NFTs into the platform.

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NFT sales may have declined by 92 percent since September 2021, but that’s not stopping Spotify from experimenting with a new feature that lets artists display their non-fungible token (NFT) collections on the music streaming platform.

At the moment, only a small group of artists are taking part in the experiment, including Steve Aoki and The Wombats. What’s more, only select US users of the Spotify app for Android can see NFTs when they visit the profile pages of the aforementioned artists.

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“Spotify is running a test in which it will help a small group of artists promote their existing third-party NFT offerings via their artist profiles,” said Spotify spokesperson. “We routinely conduct a number of tests in an effort to improve artist and fan experiences.”

It’s important to point out that not all Spotify experiments result in new features. It all depends on the feedback the music streaming platform receives from users.

According to a survey some Spotify users have recently received, it seems that the currently tested NFT collections are just the first step toward a much broader implementation of NFTs into the platform. More specifically, Spotify seems to be thinking about allowing its users to directly purchase NFT art to support their favorite artists.

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Considering how polarizing NFTs have been since their inception in 2014, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that many Spotify users have immediately expressed their dissatisfaction with the idea of NFTs becoming part of the Spotify music listening experience.

Other large tech companies are also experimenting with NFTs. Instagram, for example, started testing NFT integration last week, allowing NFT creators and collectors to display their tokens on the platform. Mark Zuckerberg himself believes that NFTs and digital collectibles in general will play an integral role in the metaverse, the new iteration of the internet.

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