Earlier this week, reports were sparked of OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei’s apparent exit from the company. As of Friday, the news will be official, according to a suicide note posted on the OnePlus forums.
Thank you very much. @PeteLau @oneplus https://t.co/2RD9AdyWhO
– Carl Pei (@getpeid), October 16, 2020
After almost 7 years at OnePlus, I made the difficult decision to say goodbye.
I grew up on the internet with a lot of time and built products and communities. It gave me a lot of joy to see that ideas in my own thoughts are turned into reality and can influence people̵
The world didn’t need another smartphone brand in 2013. But we’ve seen ways to do things better and dreamed of messing things up. Better products. Built hand in hand with our users. At lower prices. Fast forward to today, and OnePlus is a strong force when it comes to flagship smartphones. With the new Nord product line, this success will also be continued in new market segments.
When OnePlus just turned 24, I spent most of my 20s there and grew up there too. From nervous interviews with my first employee to intense stage fright when presenting a product for the first time to learning how to manage a team … The journey was real. I can’t think of a more rewarding adventure for the things we’ve achieved and learned.
Our community joined the movement before we even had a product, when we just had ambitions and ideas. Hundreds of you come to have ice cream with me, thousands attend our launch events and millions buy our products worldwide. I want to thank you all for believing in us over the years.
And the team. The amazing people I was fortunate enough to fight side by side with. The friendships I made here are the most precious parts of this trip. With them, the company is in competent hands.
I am eternally grateful to Pete for taking a risk in this college kid with nothing to his name but a dream. The trust, mentorship and camaraderie will never be forgotten. Thank you for the unique opportunity.
I’ve never regretted trusting my gut instinct, and this time it’s no different. For the past few years, OnePlus has been my unique focus and everything else has had to take a back seat. I look forward to taking some time off to relax and meet my family and friends. And then keep following my heart to what’s next.
With best thanks,
In the letter, Pei admits that OnePlus used most of his twenties to well into his thirties, and he would like to take some time off to slow down and get back to relationships with family and friends before his next business venture to concentrate. Thank you for shaking up the mobile landscape, Carl. See you.
As early as 2013, OnePlus was a company that knew how to build hype and attract attention with its first smartphone. The OnePlus One was a radically new smartphone that combined a high-end chipset with a mid-range price. All these years later, OnePlus is now a major smartphone brand to be reckoned with.