Carl Pei is the co-founder of the well-known phone company OnePlus. He started OnePlus Global company in 2013 with his partner Pete Lau. But in October 2020, he left the company and started a new hardware company named Nothing. The complete name is Nothing Technology Limited which is an electronics manufacturing company. He started this venture by collaborating with multiple investors like Tony Fadell (iPod inventor), Steve Huffman (Reddit CEO), and Casey Neistat (YouTuber). Later, the Teenage Engineering company became the founder partner of the ‘Nothing’ company. More information on Carl Pei Net Worth, Biography, Age, Girlfriend, Wife, and Family is given below.
Carl Pei Personal Details
Carl Pei is born on 11th September 1989. He is a Chinese-born Swedish entrepreneur cum businessman. The 33 years old Carl was born in Beijing. He later moved to the United States and then Sweden with his family. He started his graduation from the Stockholm School of Economics but did not complete college. Later he founded OnePlus on 16th December 2013 with his cofounder Pete Lau. Check out other details in the table below.
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|Born||11th September 1989|
|Birth Place||Beijing, China|
|Education||Stockholm School of Economics (Dropout)|
|Family||Parents and a younger sister (Not Much Information Available)|
|First Venture||Co-founder of OnePlus on 16th December 2013|
|Present Venture||founder and CEO of Nothing|
|Height||167 cm/ 5’6″ (in Feet and inches)|
|Favourite Entrepreneur||Jeff Bezos, Steve Jobs|
|Favourite Music Band||Coldplay|
|Hobby||Traveling, Reading Books and Listening to Music|
|Others||Trained Mixed Martial Artist|
Early Career of Carl Pei
After dropping out of college, In 2010 Carl worked at Nokia for 3 months. After that the Hong Kong branch of Meizu company hired Carl. He joined their marketing team in 2011. In November 2011, he left Meizu and joined Oppo. He was the manager of the International markets in that company and worked directly under Pete Lau. Pete Lau was the hardware engineer and director of the Blu-ray division of Oppo. Later Pete and Carl started their own phone company named OnePlus.
Carl’s First Venture: OnePlus
Carl Pei and Pete Lau co-founded OnePlus in Shenzhen on 16th December 2013. They launched their first phone OnePlus One in 2014. Initially, they took a target of 50,000 but they sold nearly a million units. Then, in 2015, they launched the OnePlus 2 through a YouTube video which itself made history by becoming the first ever product to be launched in a virtual mode. Another phone model OnePlus 3 got launched in June 2016. It was the most popular model from the start of the company. But the OnePlus 5 got launched in June 2017 and got more popular than the previous year. It was the fastest-selling device after its release. Later in October 2020, Pei made his departure from the company and thought of starting a new one.
Carl Pei’s Nothing Technology Limited
After leaving OnePlus, Carl worked on Nothing and officially announced this electronic company on 27th January 2021. Carl’s vision is to reduce the barriers between technology and people and make a more digitally friendly future. Nothing Technology Limited is headquartered in London. Carl managed to collaborate with several big investors such as iPod inventor Tony Fadell, Reddit CEO Steve Huffman and YouTuber Casey Neistat. He raised a total funding of $7 million. Then later, on 25th February 2021, the company collaborated with Teenage Engineering as its first founding partner.
On 27th July 2021, Nothing launched its first device, a wireless headphone and named it ‘Ear’. The company again managed to raise a fund of $50 million by making a partnership with Qualcomm. On 23rd March 2022, Nothing held a press conference and announced the launch of their first smartphone ‘Phone’.
Carl Pei Publicity
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal in July 2015, Carl was talking about the making of OnePlus. He said that “We analyzed all the available android phones present in the market and we did not find any good enough. So we want to create a smartphone which comes within the budget and is technology friendly also.” during his interview with The New York Times and Forbes he stated “OnePlus was not made with an ambition to become the global company. Initially, we were only experimenting with the global market. We are only a group of young people who lack experience but wanted to take on the Chinese market.” These interviews shine the light on the vision of Carl Pei in concern with technology.
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Carl’s Awards and Recognition
After ruling the entrepreneurship world, Carl was named in the Marketing Week Vision 100 list of the 1026 edition. He was also named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 List in 2016 for influencing the technology industry. Carl Pei also got his name in Fortune 40 Under 40 list in the 2019 year edition.
Carl Pei’s Net Worth
Carl’s net worth is expected to be between $1.5 million to $10 million. However, no official numbers are there. As per Forbes, OnePlus earned around $300 million in its founder year itself.
Carl Pei is the co-founder of the well-known phone company OnePlus. Who now is the founder and CEO of Nothing.
The smartphone of the Nothing named ‘Phone’ is expected to get launched this year in 2022.
Nothing Technology Limited was founded on 27th January 2021.