OnePlus Community, It’s Time to Say Goodbye!

  1. Joel Jacob
    India Community Specialist Staff Member Nov 15, 2020

    Joel Jacob , Nov 15, 2020 :

    Hi everyone,

    I’ve spent close to 3 years working with the OnePlus community in India and I couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity. I will soon be leaving and shifting to my hometown in Mumbai to focus on my long term goals and new opportunities.

    In my time here, I’ve been able to learn and work with our amazing community team (@Amanda W., @David Y., @dsmonteiro, @Crystal Z., @Trista W., Ruby, @Zach X.) and also work on some remarkable projects with the marketing team at OnePlus India.

    But most of all, I value my time spent with the OnePlus community in India and across the world. I’m glad to have been engaging and growing together with a group of people who are genuinely passionate about seeing the best outcomes for OnePlus. Over countless interactions and conversations, I’ve truly been able to learn more from the community and work towards building the best OnePlus experience possible.

    Want to thank our team of ever-responsive moderators for watching over the India subforum, always helping out and keeping the experience as smooth as possible. @camohan, @OALEXANDER, @Funk Wizard, @Param Kharoud.

    And of course, all our creative forum members - you continue to surprise us with your contributions - in photography, writing, videography, and other forms.

    Finally, all the community members I’ve met at our various offline interactions. Some of you have gone on to be a part of core community groups, always sharing feedback and speaking to the team. Thanks for being a part of this journey - you know who you are :)

    Work at OnePlus is fast-paced and dynamic and so my experiences have also been numerous and ever-changing. But I’d love to share a few of my favorite ones with you: (in no particular order)

    1. The OnePlus 5T Star Wars Limited Edition Launch, India.

      This was my first day at work. Just a glimpse of the things to come. Also where I first worked with @Ron Bhuyan - the guy who introduced me to my community role.

    2. Community Mods Meet 2019

      I had only heard our awesome team of Forums Moderators and had a few conversations here and there but this is the first time I got to meet and interact with them in person and develop my understanding of forums as a whole. Big love to the HQ community team for organizing this so flawlessly.

    3. Open Ears Forum: Product in India

      The first Open Ears Forum in India, and as a lot of people say, the best Open Ears Forum in India. Also, my first interaction with some our oldest and most loyal community members in India. @CosmicPaladin, @Harichand_Raghavan, Karanveer and some of the other veterans who continue to contribute to OnePlus.

      This is also the first time I met with @Manu J. and started a series of activities to bring the community and our product team closer.

    4. Guinness World Record for the most number of unboxings

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      Can’t miss this one. One day after the OnePlus 6T launch, the community came together under one roof to break a record for the most number of simultaneous unboxings. This was insane - no other way to describe it.

    5. OnePlus 7 Series Launch

      My favorite OnePlus launch in India, where we hit our home ground, Bangalore. @Dibyajyoti Deb and I worked with Carl and our wonderful keynote team to introduce the OnePlus 7 Series to India!

    6. United By Hope

      One of my favorite Shot on OnePlus video projects this year, where we shot a documentary during the lockdown. Definitely one of the most challenging projects I’ve taken on here. But also had the absolute pleasure of having @keithnyc on board!

    7. OnePlus Domin8


      We’d just launched the OnePlus 8 Series in India, but we were all under strict lockdown. With Domin8, we got the community to play alongside some pro gamers and cricketers. Pulling this off was a lot of fun.
    There’s a lot more that took place - From pop-ups and store openings to Meet Ups, AMAs, unboxings, launches, and even a music festival!

    I truly believe what we have here is something unseen in other OEM brands. And the constant support of the community has played a huge role in this successful journey. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve you. It’s been an amazing three years.

    I will still be in touch, and you’ll definitely see me hanging around here and at community events.

    Before I leave, I’m proud to introduce @Saswat Deb Barman as the new Community Specialist for OnePlus India. He has successfully led our student community operations for 2 years and now will be assuming my duties. Wish you all the best!

    I say goodbye knowing that I’m going to expect the best for OnePlus, the community, and for myself. Take care everyone, it’s been an honor.

    Never Settle.



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  2. Starcommander
    OnePlus Accessory Tester Nov 15, 2020

    Starcommander , Nov 15, 2020 :
    I will miss you brooooo💔
    2020 Jan, @Ruby G. left and now you 😔
    You were the staff who helped me the most 😞
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  3. ParamK.
    Marshmallow Moderator Nov 15, 2020

    ParamK. , Nov 15, 2020 :
    It was an absolute joy talking and interacting with you over the years man, we will miss you. Best of luck for the future.

  4. camohan
    Nougat Moderator Nov 15, 2020

    camohan , Nov 15, 2020 :
    Hey Joel, wish you all the best in future.

    You are truly amazing and lively face of OnePlus India Community Team. You were always a single point of contact for India Community for all the issues, taking feedback, repairing goof ups.

    Here one funny moment of McLaren launch


    Since we both are in Mumbai, let's try to catch up some day..!!

    Cheers for all the good time and many more of future..!

  5. camohan
    Nougat Moderator Nov 15, 2020

  6. script
    Moderator Moderator Nov 15, 2020

    script , Nov 15, 2020 :
    All the best, Joel. Hope to see you again in the future.

    Best, Script

  7. YRJ
    The Lab - OnePlus 7T Reviewer; Community Hero 2020 Nov 15, 2020

    YRJ , Nov 15, 2020 :
    Hello Joel,

    You're a face I associate with OnePlus India and a key member in strengthening the offline community!
    I've had the pleasure of meeting you in person and I can say that your hard work and determination clearly shows.

    I'm sure everyone from the Indian community will agree. Thanks for everything you've done over the years, I hope our paths cross again in the near future.

    All the best and goodbye :)

    Nougat Assistant Head Moderator Nov 15, 2020

    OALEXANDER , Nov 15, 2020 :
    Mashe, it's sad to see you leaving , we will miss you for all the good work you been doing on the community front.

    Your immense support for all issues and escalations and fixing them up and coordination for the community alongside all the events were truly amazing.

    The Holi event one I will cherish along with the OEF and RCC events you driven .

    Wishing you all the best for your future endeavours.

    @Saswat Deb Barman welcome to the community madness 😉

    Nougat Assistant Head Moderator Nov 15, 2020

  10. Abhishek654
    Ice Cream Sandwich Nov 15, 2020

  11. Baymax
    Starting Point Expert Community Expert Nov 15, 2020

    Baymax , Nov 15, 2020 :
    Your accomplishments here certainly don't and won't go unnoticed. You did some great things with OnePlus for India. I wish you the best in all of your future endeavors and hope that you continue to climb up the ladder and achieve something greater each time. Thank you for everything you have done for the community, Joel! We will certainly all miss you.

  12. Oreo.
    OnePlus Accessory Tester Nov 15, 2020

  13. the_o2
    User of the Year 2018; Community Scholar 2020 Nov 15, 2020

    the_o2 , Nov 15, 2020 :
    Always wanted to meet you in real life, you was the face of the OnePlus India, heard lot about you..
    Hope to see you in future :)

    All the best for future endeavours,
    Never Settle.

  14. Maximus Decimus Meridius
    Marshmallow Moderator Nov 15, 2020

  15. Yash Pratap Singh.
    Jelly Bean Nov 15, 2020

  16. asishgrwl
    Ice Cream Sandwich Nov 15, 2020

    asishgrwl , Nov 15, 2020 :
    Hey @Joel Jacob it was nice knowing and meeting you in person multiple times (and this is why I kept on tagging you if and when I had any problem because I knew that you would get it solved). :p Sorry for irritating you. :D
    You'll be missed. :(
    All the best for your future endeavours. :)

  17. Dhruv Kashyap
    Ice Cream Sandwich Nov 15, 2020

    Dhruv Kashyap , Nov 15, 2020 :
    Hey @Joel Jacob, You played an unmatched role in the community for India. Your threads always brought wonders to the community. You will be missed here. I wish you luck for all your future endeavors. All the best and Stay Safe. :)

    @Saswat Deb Barman Congratulations for your new role. Have had indirect conversation with you during the SAP Application Process. Will be happy to interact with you in this new profile now. Best of Luck! :)


  18. Venky61
    OnePlus TV Expert Community Expert Nov 15, 2020

    Venky61 , via OnePlus 8 Pro , Nov 15, 2020 :
    Hey @Joel Jacob
    Will surely miss you man. It was great knowing you. Had wonderful time with you during the OnePlus HQ tour. You have been of amazing support always to the community. All the best to your future endeavours.

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  19. keithnyc
    Marshmallow Moderator Nov 15, 2020

    keithnyc , Nov 15, 2020 :
    Joel, It was a real pleasure working with you and the team at Vice. Thank you for allowing me to be part of that amazing adventure. I wish you success and joy in all your future endeavors. Stay safe, healthy and happy.:):cool:

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  20. Shubham_Ag.
    Jelly Bean Nov 15, 2020

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