Why OnePlus? - Victor, Community Manager France

  1. YRJ
    The Lab - OnePlus 7T Reviewer; Community Hero 2020 Apr 28, 2020

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    YRJ , Apr 28, 2020 :
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    Hello Folks,
    Welcome to our monthly “Why OnePlus” series! Every month, we talk with users around the globe—from the Mediterranean to the Ganges river—to listen to each heartbeat pumping blood around OnePlus Community.

    Last month we heard from one of community's favourite moderators from India, @camohan
    Going forward, with an aim to talk to people all over the globe, this month I flew all the way to France (not exactly, I can't even leave my house) to meet Victor or as you may know him, @Vito B.
    Victor has a lot of amazing experiences to share. From cars to smartphones, the transition couldn't have been smoother. Oh! and did I mention he even was a youtuber for a while? :cool:

    Did you know that it was a special OnePlus finish that ignited his passion for tech? It was love at first sight. (actually touch) :p
    As someone who truly loves tech, he has spent an ample amount of time with MANY smartphones, don't be surprised if he mentions, Google Pixel or Essential in the thread. But in a world of smartphones which one is his favourite? Well, no need to guess, he will tell us himself!

    Being a core community user before joining OnePlus, Victor has a first hand experience of how it is to be on either sides of the fence, so we invited him to answer the ultimate question - Why OnePlus?


    Without further ado, I present to you @Vito B.

    • Hello Victor, thank you so much for joining us in the second installment of our Why OnePlus? series. Before I ask you the difficult questions xD , why don't you start by telling us a bit about yourself?
    Hi OnePlus Community, my public name is Victor but for you it’s Vito. Don’t ask where it comes from, it would be too long. I am french, I have studied automotive technologies and now I am at OnePlus, trying to entertain you on the french social media accounts.
    My passion for smartphones and tech in general started back in 2014. Yes, with OnePlus. Since then, I used to have a Youtube channel, work for Renault and in January 2019 I joined OnePlus team.

    It’s like combining my passion with my job, what a life!
    • Do you recall the first time you held a OnePlus in your hand? What were the initial impressions?
    Oh yes, I remember very well! It was the OnePlus One Silkwhite, and that back finish... Boy, it was so amazing, so smooth.

    But what was even better, is that I had this feeling of being part of something,
    part of this small community of people that know what represented OnePlus for the smartphone industry.

    • When exactly did you decide to join OnePlus and how would you describe the events that led it ?
    That’s a very interesting question, but first I need to give you some background. From 2014 to 2018, alongside my job as an engineer, I was also doing some Youtube videos. It all started back with the OnePlus One and some hardcore ROM review (PacMan, Ressurection Remix, etc). At the end of 2015, I met the one and only Akis during the first french event: the OnePlus Cinema. We have met again for OnePlus 3 launch at Colette, and then we started to meet regularly to talk about OnePlus and life. We became good friends, and he helped me a lot for my Youtube stuff during those times. After summer 2018, we started discussing about me working at OnePlus as the french team was growing. I was really considering this as I love sharing my passion, sharing OnePlus philosophy, and also I wanted some changes in my professional life. It was a big decision at it implied to work in a field I have just worked in for fun. When I signed the contract I was so happy, it was some kind of achievement but also a huge challenge.

    It was the beginning.

    OnePlus Cinema, December 2015
    • Which is your favorite OnePlus phone? If it wasn't for OnePlus what would be your choice of daily driver?
    I have a little place in my heart for the OnePlus X, I really enjoyed using it. I had the occasion of trying almost all brand, and I have to say that if it wasn’t for OnePlus I would choose Google Pixel and/or Essential (even if the brand is now dead).

    • I believe the France community is pretty exclusive! You have your own SOoP's, Weekly updates which you call Bulletin's and a dedicated spot in The Lab. What do you have to say about the French Community?
    IMO french community has been one of the strongest since 2014.
    I always remember the very active french subforums (for those who remember the old forum version:)).
    Locally we have been very lucky to have Akis to handle it back in 2015. Since then, we have seen the community growing, and what’s amazing is that we still have a lot of early adopters there.

    Now, I am trying to help and engage with our local fans as much as possible by creating local contents and campaign.

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    OnePlus 6 launch event, May 2018

    • Has your transition from a OnePlus user to staff member, impacted your perception of OnePlus? If so how?
    One thing that hasn’t changed is my perception of the product. For me OnePlus has always been the best tech at the right price. When I see the OnePlus 8 Pro, I feel like it is the most complete device ever released by OnePlus.
    But of course, like all company there are always ups and downs. Being behind the fence made me realise that OnePlus is full of passionate people, and because we still are small teams, it creates a strong bond to go thru difficult moments. It makes you realise that behind a brand like OnePlus,
    You have real humans that are working very very hard to bring OnePlus’ vision to the world.

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    OnePlus 6T Pop-up at FNAC Terns, November 2018

    • As a community manager, which project/campaign did you enjoy working on the most?
    The one thing that immediately comes to my mind is the OnePlus 7 Series keynote trip. Being able to bring some fans to the launch event has been an amazing experience, and I received a lot of positive feedback which is a big reward.

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    OnePlus 7 Series Launch Event with Community, May 2019

    Thanks a lot to the Writers’ club for the invite. Hope that my answers were enough interesting for you to read and that you stay home and healthy.
    See you on social media and maybe soon IRL ;-)

    I think you all may have questions for Victor and since we have him with us, we invite you to ask him anything! Starting now, we will pick 10 questions from this thread until 5th May 2020 and he will start answering them on 6th May 2020. Questions will be considered on a rolling basis so post yours' soon ;)

    Well, that is it from me in this installment of, Why OnePlus? We will be back again, next month, with another awesome guest! Until then stay healthy, stay safe and most importantly,

    Never Settle!​
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2020

  2. Vito B.
    Social Media FR & UK Staff Member May 8, 2020

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    Vito B. , May 8, 2020 :
    Hi everyone,

    First thanks a lot for your warm feedback, and thanks again to @YRJ and the Writer’s club for the invite.
    You asked some very interesting questions, let me try to give you my best answers :)

    Honestly I don’t have this kind of global vision of the community. IMO culture will of course have its part in the difference between communities. But in the end we are all here for the same reason: being part of something that aim to change the smartphone world, and also share our thoughts and culture with others.

    That an interview? ^^ This question is so hard, but in many different ways I want to say “stubborn”.
    I never stop until it is no more possible or someone tells me that it is over ;-)

    It comes down to how I got so into this community: events. I think hosting local events is the best way to create bonds between people.
    Sometimes you finaly met people you were talking with or you just met some amazing new individuals.

    Even if the Community started from virtual, I think the real is the best way to connect and expand. Plus of course some very active members that have great content ideas.

    Everytime I see a user sharing his/her OnePlus device on Social Media and saying how happy he is. Often people goes online because they are having issues, it is how internet is. So when someone takes time to share how happy he/she is about OnePlus, it makes my day.

    Beard forever my friend :)
    At my level I am not part of any big decision. But some times we are asked some feedback from product team.
    But as Closed Beta tester for OxygenOS, I have plenty of room to give my feedback there :)

    In terms of features, I think the OnePlus 8 Pro is the device I have been waiting honestly. And it makes sometimes wonder why we still have PCs seeing how powerfull smartphones are. So, maybe a feature I would love to see is a desktop mode.

    I am a part-time cycling guy ^^ even if at the moment it is complicated. I used to be a very good fencer during my teenage, but that’s a long time ago.
    I am also a lot into motorcycles and mechanics. I used to repare and customize friends motorcycles. I was also into the minibike world (Honda Monkey, Dax), the “Ikea Bikes”. Wait, I may have a picture of one of my latest one:
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    My first launch was 7 Series, so a loooootttt of stress, but everything went smooth.
    What stays in my mind is joy so I think I can say it was great.

    Everything. I was in R&D so a lot of CAD, I was managing a team of 5 peoples, big projects, etc. I was at a very high point in my career and I could have had some high leveled position.
    So, coming to OnePlus made me start everything to zero. I needed to adapt my previous experiences to this new world.
    And I think I still have a lot to add to OnePlus, so let’s see what happens in the future :)

    That’s it for this Q&A for me, hope my answers were worth it.
    I really hope to be able to meet some of you in the futur ;-)

  3. BeingIncog
    Nougat Apr 28, 2020

  4. Moin2200
    KitKat Apr 28, 2020

  5. Dresa91
    User of the Year 2016; Most Active User 2020 Apr 28, 2020

  6. Cheetosdust
    Starting Point Expert Community Expert Apr 28, 2020

    Cheetosdust , Apr 28, 2020 :
    Pretty cool interview, @YRJ, congratulations! :cool:

    Many thanks, @Vito B. for taking the time to answer the questions and making this thread possible. Pretty cool to know a little bit more about a fan who became a Staff Member. You both are the men. :D

    I would love to know, OnePlus being a global brand, if there are any differences you noticed between the French fanbase and others within Europe and even in India and the United States. Thank you once again for your time.

  7. Batman360
    OnePlus Accessory Tester Apr 28, 2020

    Batman360 , Apr 28, 2020 :
    Woah! Nice interview @YRJ and @Vito B. .

    My question for Victor is :-

    If you gave to describe yourself in one word, which word would you choose? 😉

  8. B.I.T.S.
    User of the Year 2019 Apr 28, 2020

    B.I.T.S. , Apr 28, 2020 :
    Very nice interview Jim @YRJ :D

    And thank you for the added photos! I always love to see some behind scenes and get to know the human side of a company.

    As for a question: @Vito B. I'd love to know what would you do to make the French community grow if it wasn't as big as it is? (Maybe as a future idea for other less crowded communities!).

    Thank you guys for your hard work.

  9. Cheetosdust
    Starting Point Expert Community Expert Apr 28, 2020

    Cheetosdust , Apr 28, 2020 :
    TWS... - God give me the strength not to derail this thread on the ninth message. :grimacing:


  10. B.I.T.S.
    User of the Year 2019 Apr 28, 2020

    B.I.T.S. , Apr 28, 2020 :
    I think it's Dexter's influence... I'm not like this... Maybe I am but is better to blame Dexter :rolleyes:

  11. karthik yadawad
    Ice Cream Sandwich Apr 28, 2020

  12. dsmonteiro
    Community Consultant Staff Member Apr 28, 2020

  13. Dresa91
    User of the Year 2016; Most Active User 2020 Apr 28, 2020

  14. YRJ
    The Lab - OnePlus 7T Reviewer; Community Hero 2020 Apr 28, 2020

    YRJ , Apr 28, 2020 :
    Would @Trista W. approve opening the floodgates to a reservoir overflowing with seriousness ? :rolleyes: :p

  15. AbhilashSaikia
    The Lab - OnePlus 8 Pro Reviewer Apr 28, 2020

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    Gingerbread Apr 28, 2020

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    The Lab - OnePlus 8 Pro Reviewer Apr 28, 2020

  18. G_plusone
    Nougat Apr 28, 2020

  19. YRJ
    The Lab - OnePlus 7T Reviewer; Community Hero 2020 Apr 28, 2020

  20. Nobu01
    Gingerbread Apr 28, 2020