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.
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.
World’s Largest Metaverse Developer Opens Dubai Office
LandVault, the largest metaverse creator, is expanding its presence into the MENA region.
LandVault, the world’s largest metaverse developer, will expand operations to Dubai later this month as part of an ongoing strategy to boost its presence in the MENA region. The company aims to help local businesses gain a foothold in the expanding web 3.0 universe and sees exciting opportunities to bolster its client portfolio.
So far, metaverse developer LandVault has lived up to its name, creating and curating over 100 square feet of virtual space for a diverse range of organizations, including the nearby Yas Marina Circuit, Aldar, Mastercard, Standard Chartered, World of Women, Hershey’s, and many more.
The Dubai government’s Metaverse Strategy is one of the key reasons LandVault has been inspired to move to the region, as leaders plan to transform the Emirate into one of the world’s top 10 metaverse economies by 2030. Eventually, it’s hoped that in excess of 1,000 companies in the blockchain and web 3.0 spaces will be inspired to set up entities in the region, creating around 40,000 new jobs in the process.
“We are excited to open our office in Dubai and to be a part of the vibrant tech community in the UAE. The MENA region is a key market for us, and we believe that our presence in Dubai will allow us to assist the region and explore new opportunities. We are also excited about the potential for the metaverse in the real estate industry in the UAE. We look forward to working with developers and real estate companies to showcase their properties in a new and innovative way,” says Sam Huber, CEO of LandVault.
Alongside developing the metaverse from its new Dubai office, LandVault will also deploy its technology to assist the UAE’s real estate sector. Developers will soon be able to showcase their projects in a way that was never previously possible, reaching a much wider audience with immersive and interactive property tours and even virtual showrooms.