Alan Mamedi is a Swedish entrepreneur who co-founded Truecaller at the age of 25, the world’s largest collaborative phone directory, making it easy for users to get in touch with people across the globe. Truecaller’s dynamic database is always evolving, built by its community that helps keep it accurate by sharing their contacts.
Alan holds a BSc in computer science from The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden. Prior to Truecaller, Alan co-founded the largest search engine for home interior and employee reviews in Sweden, Möbeljakt.se and Jobbigt.se – and served as Chief Architect at Birdstep Technology.
He was born in a refugee camp in Northern Sweden after his Kurdish parents immigrated in 1984.
Truecaller was initially launched by BlackBerry on 1 July 2009, moving onto other operating systems and phones the year after. It is now used by 130 million daily users to block spam calls and make payments.
In August 2019 the company found itself under fire after users complained that a recent update was automatically creating UPI accounts for ICICI Bank without their consent, and additional reports that the app goes through users’ text messages to find financial transaction-related messages and conduct an offline credit scoring.