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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.



truecaller wants to raise over $100 million in stockholm ipo

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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Facebook Will Create 10,000 Jobs In The EU To Build Its Metaverse

Facebook decided to invest in the EU because the company believes that European talent is world-leading, supported by first-class universities.




facebook will create 10,000 jobs in the eu to build its metaverse
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Facebook has announced that it wants to create 10,000 jobs in the European Union (EU) to build its metaverse, a virtual reality space in which users can interact with a computer-generated environment and other users.

The concept of the metaverse can be traced to Neal Stephenson’s 1992 cyberpunk novel Snow Crash. In the novel, the metaverse is a virtual shared space that appears to its users as an urban environment. This space is accessed through personal terminals connected to virtual reality goggles.

Sound familiar? That’s because the metaverse is quickly becoming a reality thanks to companies like Oculus, a subsidiary of Facebook, and the combined effort of developers and content creators from around the world.

By creating thousands of new high-skilled jobs within the EU over the next five years, Facebook wants to accelerate the development of the metaverse to usher in a new phase of interconnected virtual experiences, enabled by technologies like virtual and augmented reality.

“At its heart is the idea that by creating a greater sense of ‘virtual presence,’ interacting online can become much closer to the experience of interacting in person,” said Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice-president of global affairs. “The metaverse has the potential to help unlock access to new creative, social and economic opportunities”.

According to the official announcement, Facebook decided to invest in the EU because the company believes that European talent is world-leading, supported by first-class universities. Facebook also mentioned the role European policymakers are playing in shaping the internet, so it’s likely that the investment has a political dimension to it.

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Aware of its tarnished reputation, the social media giant stressed that no single company would own and operate the metaverse — just like no single company owns the internet today. Of course, that doesn’t change anything about the fact that Facebook wants to play a huge role in it.

Earlier this year, Mark Zuckerberg told his employees that Facebook is becoming a metaverse company with the goal of building a set of connected social apps and supporting hardware. The recently released Horizon Workrooms remote collaboration app for the Oculus Quest 2 headset can be seen as an early piece of the much larger puzzle the metaverse will become in the future.

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