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Co-Founder of OnePlus Carl Pei Life

Recently we saw, How Co-Founder of OnePlus Carl Pei Work? Carl Pei is currently a successful person because of OnePlus Smartphone most of the Cyanogenmod android lovers love to buy their device. OnePlus company Since 2013 with the mantra of "never settle". Lifehacker a tech blog interview the director of OnePlus Global Carl Pei.        

Co-Founder of OnePlus Carl Pei Life


  •  Location: OnePlus HQ, Shenzhen
  • Current Gig: Co-founder and Director of OnePlus Global
  • Current mobile device: OnePlus One
  • Current computer: Apple iMac 5k

Which Apps, Softwares Can't You Live Without? And Why?

Carl Pei said 'We've been using a few Apps since the first day OnePlus that have been really helpful for us as we grow. The one is WeChat, a messaging app that's especially useful for large group chats. It's an easy way to send pictures, voice notes, and "tag" people get their attention in large chats. It also lets us stay connected and informed when people are away from the office. 

Another we using Google Drive that helps for our company. We're a very collaborative team that travels frequently so the real-time editing function and the ability to save your work to the cloud and pick it up on another device is crucial.

I also used Google Glass as well but haven't seen the development that I think most people were expecting, so i sold it.  

The most important tool, that I can't live without is my smartphone OnePlus. Recently, It's the easiest way to keep everything in one place and has great battery life. 

What's Your Workspace Setup Like?

Co-Founder of OnePlus Carl Pei Life

My workplace is actually very messy. I'm trying to get all my work done in the office and not take any home. Oftentimes, it means staying very late and having a lot of stuff on my desk. 

My workplace setup Kept a 27-inch iMac with a Magic Trackpad left of the keyboard. 
For Listening Music, I use nuForce u-DAC 2 and a Graham Slee Solo amp together with the Sennheiser HD650s.

I also have a little figurine of Steve Jobs that has followed me through my career thus far. I like having it there; it reminds me to strive for perfection and never settle. 

What's Your Best Time-Saving Shortcut or Life Hack?

He Said "I've tried many different types of hacks, but haven't been able to commit long term to any. Not long ago I started Workout in the gym in our office. It's quite small, no bells and whistles, but it's a huge time saver to just walk a few feet rather than having to drive somewhere. It also serves as a good way to clear my head and step away from my work, ultimately making me use my time more efficiently.   

If I've learned anything in the past years, it's that there are no shortcuts when you're in the early stages of a startup; you've just got to put the time in to be impactful. I think anyone who in a startup who says otherwise either isn't being effective enough or has gotten past the early stage and is confident in their short term survival. 

Besides Your Phone and Computer, What Gadget Can't You Live Without and Why? 

I've been spending a lot of time with my kindle Paperwhite as of late. It's much better than staring at a bright screen, and volume wise such an improvement over traditional books!
I like using the latest gadgets, but often end up giving them away if i don't really love them. I gave up on Glass after a couple of months and haven't found a smartwatch that i love yet, though a lot of people in the office have the Moto 360. But I've been learning more about photography lately, so my last major tech purchase was a Leica M240

What Everyday Thing Are You Better at Than Everyone Else? 

Our Company has dozens of foreign colleagues working at our headquarters in Shenzhen. Many of our Chinese colleagues speak English, and actually many foreign colleagues speak Chinese very well, but sometimes our deeper meaning can get lost in translation. 

I was born in China, moved to the United States for a couple of years, and then grew up mostly in Sweden so i find i am able to communicate intricate nuances or colloquialism well across languages. 

Co-Founder of OnePlus Carl Pei Life

What Do You Listen to While You Work?

Music quality is important to me, and i try and listen to as much lossless music as possible. Currently, I'm really enjoying the Coldplay's latest album, Ghost Stories. I also listen to lots of John Mayer.

I also listen to a lot of Pandora and Spotify radio. I've been turned on to some great music through generated playlists that i never would have found on my own.  

What Are You Currently Reading?

I just finished The 'Hard Thing About Hard Things', a book written by Ben Horowitz on his experiences in the difficulties of startup companies. We're facing the same scaling issues as a lot of other startups, and it's great to see how others have treated with them.    

As we grow, we are also finding the best ways to manage our team as we become a more global, and more geographically spread out, company. I found 'How Google Works' by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg to be really inspiring. It included a lot of novel ideas for running any business but particularly best management practices for companies trying to survive in the modern tech industry. 

Co-Founder of OnePlus Carl Pei Life

What's Your Sleep Routine Like? 

I generally try to sleep at midnight for eight hours, and use my phone as an alarm. As I'm traveling more, I'm having to find ways to cope with jetlag. The best techniques I've found so far are to stay awake long before my flight and have a glass of wine as soon as i get on the plane so i can try to sleep through most of the journey. I've also tried small doses of melatonin to try to get on the right time zone and stay out in the sunlight as much as possible. 

What's The Best Advice You've Ever Received? 

It's a Steve Jobs Quote, actually, from his famous Stanford Commencement address. He said. Everything around you was created by someone at some point. If others can create and change things, so can you. It has stuck with me since i heard it and has given me the courage to entertain and realize some of my more outlandish ideas.






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