Truecaller has appointed Husain Misherghi as the vice president of growth partnerships for the Middle East and North Africa region, reports Zawya. In his new role, Misherghi will be responsible for leading the platform’s operations in the MENA region, expanding its user base and establishing partnerships for the company.
Prior to Truecaller, Misherghi was the managing director for Rocket Internet in Turkey and the Middle East from November 2011 to March this year, where he co-founded the fashion and lifestyle website Namshi.com. In between this stint, he was the CEO of Foodonclick.com for over a year between October 2012 and October 2013. He also worked as the financial analyst at Google for over two years between July 2008 and October 2010.
As of now, Truecaller claims that it has over 100 million users of which Arab users represent 33 million users, including about 10 million users from Egypt. Interestingly, in August last year, Truecaller said that over 50% of its 70 million registered user base was from India.
Truecaller fundraise: Truecaller secured $60 million in funding from Atomico, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) and existing investor Sequoia Capital in October last year. The company had said then that it would use the funds for hiring and improving the technology behind the app. Prior to this, Truecaller had raised $18.8 million investment from Sequoia Capital, Open Ocean, Truecaller Chairman Stefan Lennhammer, and an unnamed private investor, in February last year. The company had also raised $1.3 million from the Open Ocean in September 2012.
– Earlier this month, OS-maker Cyanogen partnered with Truecaller to make the caller ID and blocking service app as its default native dialer app. The integrations would roll out to all Cyanogen OS users through OTA updates, as well as would be integrated on future smartphones that come preloaded with Cyanogen OS.
– Truecaller had introduced an alternate dialer app called Truedialer for Android and Windows Phone that provided information about the number users were about to call and also allowed them to search unknown numbers on Truecaller in October last year. The app works by searching for relevant information on the user’s phone book and on Truecaller’s database then autocompletes the missing information about a specific number.