After co-founding the OnePlus again in 2013, Carl Pei left the corporate in September to take a while off forward of beginning a brand new enterprise. That new undertaking is already underway, and Pei has introduced that he is been capable of safe $7m in seed funding from family and friends forward of a full unveiling early subsequent yr.

Among the many early traders in Pei’s new firm are some highly effective individuals within the tech world, resembling iPod inventor Tony Fadell, Twitch co-founder Kevin Lin, and Reddit CEO Steve Huffman. Pei expressed his gratitude for the assist and mentioned “we plan on shifting aggressively in opposition to our imaginative and prescient, and might’t wait to see how the market will react.”

The preliminary funding might be used to create a European head workplace in London and the hiring of a crew there and in India. Pei took to Twitter to promote obtainable roles in areas resembling PR, design, e-commerce, and HR, whereas all the product-related openings appear to narrate to software program somewhat than {hardware}.

Whereas Pei could also be staying tight-lipped about his new firm on social media, an interview with Wired reveals that it is going to be “audio-related” and that its first merchandise might be arriving subsequent yr. Pei explains that he left OnePlus in September, a month earlier than it was reported within the media, and insists that the break up with CEO Pete Lau was completely amicable. On his causes for leaving, Pei cites a need to be inventive in a method that is now not essentially doable at a longtime agency that has grown to the scale of OnePlus. It is clear that he is in search of an thrilling new undertaking with the disruptive startup mentality his previous one was well-known for when it burst onto the scene.

Whereas he intentionally stopped wanting outlining the specific nature of his product plans, Pei confirmed to Wired that we will anticipate a number of items of {hardware} to be launched subsequent yr, Whereas a set of headphones or earbuds could also be on the playing cards, the remit is seemingly wider than that. We are able to speculate {that a} new music service might launch alongside no matter {hardware} is coming, however for now, we’ll merely have to attend for extra concrete particulars in regards to the as but unnamed model to emerge.