OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei to Samsung: "let me be your intern"

OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei to Samsung:
For a start-up that has hitherto released just two smartphones, OnePlus has made quite a name for itself. With bold marketing strategies and great smartphones at low prices, the fledgling firm certainly knows how to get people interested. The invitation system for its handsets can be tedious, and the launch of the OnePlus 2 hasn't gone down as smoothly as it perhaps should have. This partially the reason why co-founder Carl Pei has made an audacious attempt to gain himself an internship at Samsung, from which he believes he could learn a lot about the smartphone business. 

Even though OnePlus has been very disruptive over the past couple of years, Pei retains much respect of an OG such as Samsung. In a post on his personal blog entitled 'Here's an idea', he notes: 


However, in citing a few "less-than-stellar" quarters on Samsung's part, Pei implies that he could pass on some of the info he has learned in his time at OnePlus, particularly in engaging with the community. In suggesting he be taken in as an intern, he also offers a swap deal, with OnePlus open to the idea of hosting a Samsung executive and sharing info on how the start-up goes about its business.
 
It's a fascinating, brazen move from Pei, and while many will read it as tongue-in-cheek, he's clearly serious about his ambitions. He also, by the tone of the piece, seems confident enough that Samsung might consider the approach, and in a market where companies spend as much time bickering as working together, it could be a refreshing collaboration. 

Something like a kid helping his granddad use a computer while the old man passes on a lifetime's vast wisdom and experience, Samsung could well take a chance on this one. It'd present a decent marketing stunt from both sides, and while OnePlus has a great deal more to gain, not even Samsung can afford to get complacent in the ever-changing mobile landscape. 

Samsung has yet to publicly respond to Pei's article. 

source: Carl Pei via SamMobile

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9 Comments

1. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

He's gonna need an invite.

3. rishav20193

Posts: 240; Member since: Jul 18, 2015

nailed it !!

6. MSi_GS70 unregistered

After 5 years of accepting

2. nahusiv

Posts: 100; Member since: Apr 20, 2015

"from which he believes he could learn a lot about the smartphone business." lol samsung be like: boooy if you dont get...

4. Michael.Parker

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

The invite system is a novelty that will wear thin over the years as people get sick of delays and uncertainty.

9. middlehead

Posts: 420; Member since: May 12, 2014

The invite system will be able to stop if and when they become an established company. They're too young right now to risk overstocking themselves and getting hosed on inventory like Amazon with the Fire Phone. Amazon's an enormous company and can eat it, at least once. OnePlus would've died horribly if the same thing happened to them.

5. Shocky unregistered

I don't see what Samsung would have to gain from this

7. Panino

Posts: 62; Member since: Aug 13, 2015

Samsung Galaxy Oneplus on the way.

8. Guaire

Posts: 850; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

What about good old fashioned resign? So another guy who actually knows what he is doing can take control. If you don't have necessary equipment to do that, you can always copy Xiaomi. You should know these Chinese fellows, who sold 60 million units of smartphone past year online only and build themselves a much bigger community years before than yours.

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