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Carl Pei makes it official, says goodbye to OnePlus with a farewell note

OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei has posted a farewell note in OnePlus forum, making it official that he is leaving the company.

twitter-logoIndia Today Tech | October 17, 2020 | Updated 11:51 IST

Highlights

  • A few days after reports surfaced, Carl Pei officially says goodbye to OnePlus.
  • Carl Pei is the co-founder of OnePlus along with Pete Lau.
  • Pei says he is looking forward to taking some time off.

It's official. Carl Pei, who co-founded OnePlus with Pete Lau in 2013, is leaving the company. Pei posted a note in the OnePlus community forums. Titled Thank You, the note confirms the earlier reports that Pei is leaving the company that he helped start. "After nearly 7 years at OnePlus, I've made the difficult decision to say goodbye," Pei wrote.

The note from Pei comes days after reports surfaced in the media that he was no longer with the company. In his note, Pei wrote, "I am eternally grateful to Pete for taking a chance in this kid without a college degree, with nothing to his name but a dream. The trust, mentorship, and camaraderie will never be forgotten. Thanks for the opportunity of a lifetime."

As for his next move, he did not say much except that he was still following his instinct. He wrote, "I've never regretted trusting my gut feeling, and this time it's no different... I'm looking forward to taking some time off to decompress and catch up with my family and friends. And then follow my heart on to what's next."

The reports that have surfaced hint that Pei has some other hardware venture in mind. It could be a new company creating a new smartphone brand. Or it could be a project related to some other gadget like a smartwatch or something futuristic.

As OnePlus grew at an astounding pace, some of its early vivacity has given way to methods used by larger and more established organisations. It is possible that Pei felt the loss of the energy and dare that a start-up has and decided that he should start again now that the brand OnePlus was well-established.

In OnePlus, Pei usually looked at the marketing and brand-building while Pete Lau focussed on the product side. Pei was also based in Europe and looked at the US and Europe market, while Lau worked from China.

OnePlus fans in India will know Pei from interactions during his community meet and launches. Here is his full forum post.

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After nearly 7 years at OnePlus, I've made the difficult decision to say goodbye.

I grew up spending tremendous amounts of time on the internet, building products and communities. Seeing that ideas in one's mind could be turned into reality and impact people's lives gave me lots of joy, and I knew early on that this was the path for me.

The world didn't need another smartphone brand in 2013. But we saw ways of doing things better and dreamt of shaking things up. Better products. Built hand in hand with our users. At more reasonable prices. Fast forward to today, and OnePlus is a strong force to be reckoned when it comes to flagship smartphones. And with the new Nord product line, this success will continue into new market segments.

Having just turned 24 when OnePlus started, it's where I spent most of my 20s, and also where I grew up. From nervously interviewing my first employee, to facing severe stage fright the first time I presented a product, to learning how to manage a team The journey has been real. The things we've accomplished and learned, I can't begin to imagine a more rewarding adventure.

Our community joined the movement before we even had a product, back when all we had were ambitions and ideas. From having hundreds of you show up to have ice cream with me, thousands attending our launch events, and tens of millions purchasing our products worldwide; I want to thank you all for believing in us throughout all these years.

And the team. The amazing people that I've been fortunate to fight side by side with. The friendships I've made here are the most precious parts of this journey. With them, the company is in capable hands.

I am eternally grateful to Pete for taking a chance in this kid without a college degree, with nothing to his name but a dream. The trust, mentorship, and camaraderie will never be forgotten. Thanks for the opportunity of a lifetime.

I've never regretted trusting my gut feeling, and this time it's no different. These past years, OnePlus has been my singular focus, and everything else has had to take a backseat. I'm looking forward to taking some time off to decompress and catch up with my family and friends. And then follow my heart on to what's next.

With gratitude, Carl

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