Post EAA Event – The Truecaller Story

We were honored to  have attended and spoken at the Ericsson Application Awards this week. After the event, we heard many say they were inspired by our talk and that really means we accomplished what we went there for. Of course, seeing all the innovative teams that participated in the competition was incredibly fun and inspiring …

We were honored to  have attended and spoken at the Ericsson Application Awards this week. After the event, we heard many say they were inspired by our talk and that really means we accomplished what we went there for. Of course, seeing all the innovative teams that participated in the competition was incredibly fun and inspiring for us too, as they reminded of us of when we first started Truecaller, but it was a particular thrill to know that our message was well received. We thought we would give you a taste of our talk below.

First, Nami and Alan spoke about how they met each other. What actually drew them together was a smartphone! Back then, Nami walked around with his head down looking at his phone, just like everyone else today, but nine years ago, you only used your phone for text and calls. Alan noticed this and said to Nami, “hey, you have the new Qtek smartphone with Windows Mobile,” and a friendship was born. Back then, if you knew what Qtek was, you were a true mobile geek.

They then talked about how Truecaller started. In 2009, Alan and Nami started their third project together, Truecaller, and decided to be global from day one. Their initial problem was that they were receiving calls from people all around the world and never really knew who all those missed call belonged to, so they have to call everybody back.

It all started as a hobby project, but when something gets 10,000 users the first week, it quickly becomes more than a hobby. Alan and Nami decided to go all in and sold off their other projects to be able to fund Truecaller.

One thing all their projects had in common was the that coding started in Nami’s tiny little sofa. And look at Truecaller now!