Days before the launch of OnePlus 8T, it was being circulated through media outlets that one of the co-founders of OnePlus, Carl Pei has left the company for his new venture. Carl Pei and Pete Lau were the co-founders of the OnePlus brand. Now, according to the latest news, Carl Pei has broken his silence and confirmed the news.
Yesterday, in the official OnePlus forums Pei posted that his decision to leave the company after seven years was a ‘difficult’ one. He has also written, “I’m looking forward to taking some time off to decompress and catch up with my family and friends.”
Carl Pei praised his colleagues with whom he worked over the past several years. In his reign, he has seen the brand grow from a fledgling little online-only retailer to one of the foremost names in the industry.
Pei posted “The amazing people that I’ve been fortunate to fight side by side with (and the) friendships I’ve made here are the most precious parts of this journey. With them, the company is in capable hands.”
In his praise for Lau, Pei was especially effusive for giving him an opportunity to prove his mettle in a cutthroat industry where giant multinationals were struggling to make money.
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.”
It should be noted that the news about Carl Pei’s exit from OnePlus first surfaced on Reddit. A Redditor with account name u/JonSigur posted allegedly leaked internal documents showing Carl Pei is no longer in charge of the Nord Product line. His post elaborated that there was no mention of Carl Pei in the company’s list of decision-making authorities which suggest Pei is no more a part of the company. Later on, the story was confirmed by Android Central and TechCrunch.