Here’s an idea

We learned a very important lesson with the launch of the OnePlus 2 by not getting units shipped out as soon as they should have been. Now, we are working harder than ever to get the OnePlus 2 in your hands. We’ve ramped up the invite rollout, and will soon hold a one-hour open sale for those of you looking to purchase the OnePlus 2 without any hassle.

But the real change will come as we adapt and progress our operations and logistics. We are a growing company facing high demand from around the world. It’s not easy to make a smartphone; it’s also not easy getting it from our factory into your hands as quickly as you deserve.

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about how we can improve this as quickly as possible. I’ve thought about who we could learn from, and who could help us grow. And the first name that came to mind was… Samsung. 

Samsung was founded 77 years ago. Running a company that does so well, for so long, with such a wide range of products is an astounding feat by any measure. They’ve shipped hundreds of millions of phones around the globe through a multitude of sales channels; you can’t help but admire their operations.

There’s a lot of talk lately about how the ‘new guys’ (like OnePlus) are coming in to disrupt the ‘giants of the smartphone industry’ (like Samsung, who’ve had a few less than stellar quarters).  We’ve seen a lot of speculation and analysis about if and how one player can dominate the market. Well, we fully agree that the industry is evolving, but we think there’s room for all of us to compete and learn from each other. 

So, Samsung, today I have a proposal for you: let me be your intern. Seriously.

I would be honored to learn from your team about how you’ve been able to scale, run, and manage your business so successfully. In turn, I would be happy to share what we’ve learned about how to engage with our community and implement their feedback to deliver a better user experience.

Better yet, let’s do an intern swap. I would be honored to visit your headquarters, and, in turn, we would be happy to host one of your own executives here to show you how we work at OnePlus.

Though our histories couldn’t be more different, we’ve both gained a world of unique insight into this industry and how to succeed. Sharing these lessons with each other would make us both better companies, and ultimately better for the consumers buying our devices.

I hope to hear from you, Samsung.

“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out; the brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. The brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They are there to stop the other people!” – Randy Pausch

30 tips for success by Jack Ma

Jack Ma is the founder of Alibaba, and arguably one of the most respected in the Chinese tech space. This is not only due to the companies he built, but also his personality and ideas.

Here are his 30 tips for success that I’ve translated into English.

  1. Lists your three most important things every day
  2. Arrive to the office ten minutes earlier than others
  3. Think for a few seconds before speaking
  4. Count to 30 before throwing a tantrum
  5. When in doubt, pick the hardest thing to do
  6. Give everything a deadline
  7. Sit in the front row
  8. Observe people walking in front of you
  9. Leave the office ten minutes later than others
  10. Remember the names of everyone around you
  11. Do everything enthusiastically, even sweeping the floor
  12. Praise others behind their backs
  13. Pay attention of everyone around you
  14. Let others finish speaking
  15. Give others a little more than they expect
  16. Praise people before criticizing them
  17. Always carry a pen and paper
  18. Note down your dreams within five minutes of waking up
  19. List your ten weaknesses, and correct them one by one
  20. When it comes to important decisions, sleep on it
  21. Ask yourself questions five minutes before sleeping
  22. Keep smiling every day
  23. Never bring work home
  24. Eat breakfast with your family
  25. Meet new friends through old friends
  26. Spend half an hour a day reading books
  27. Have four short-term goals, and one main goal
  28. Never let making money never be your main goal in life
  29. Read your goals aloud ten times a day
  30. Take immediate action!

Catching up

Recently, I started hearing more and more about something called Pinterest. The knee-jerk reaction was to dismiss it as useless, but then fear struck me. Fear that I was getting old, starting to accept habits as truths, and ceasing to learn new things.

Since then, I have been testing as many new web services as possible, trying hard to understand what makes them popular.

Change is accelerating, and I want to stay ahead of the curve.

We are in the beginning of the greatest change that humanity has ever undergone. There is no shock, no epoch-making incident-but then there is no shock at a cloudy daybreak. At no point can we say, here it commences, now, last minute was night and this is morning. But insensibly we are in the day. If we care to look we can foresee growing knowledge, growing order, and presently a deliberate improvement of the blood and character of the race. And what we can see and imagine gives us a measure and gives us faith for what surpasses the imagination.

It is possible to believe that all the past is but the beginning of a beginning, and that all that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn.  It is possible to believe that all that the human mind has ever accomplished is but the dream before the awakening. We cannot see, there is no need for  us to see, what this world will be like when the day has fully come. We are creatures of the twilight. But it is out of our race and lineage that minds will spring, that will reach back to us in our littleness to know us better than we know ourselves, and that will reach forward fearlessly to comprehend this future that defeats our eyes. All this world is heavy with the promise of greater things, and a day will come, one day in the unending succession of days, when beings, beings who are now latent in our thoughts and hidden in our loins, shall stand upon this earth as one stands upon a footstool, and shall laugh and reach out their hands amidst the stars.

H. G. Wells, 1902, The Discovery of the Future, Nature, 65, p. 326-331.