Carl Pei's Nothing designates Manu Sharma as VP and GM for India

CIOReviewIndia Team | Thursday, 25 February 2021, 09:20 IST
Carl PeiOnePlus co-founder Carl Pei's upcoming consumer technology firm Nothing has appointed former Samsung executive Manu Sharma as vice-president and general manager of its India unit.
 
Sharma will be in charge for driving growth, business development and operations for the startup's India operations. He will also oversee Nothing's regional product strategy, marketing and sales operations as well as setting up its India office.
 
"Manu is an experienced business leader with deep know ledge and understanding of the consumer technology industry in India. With his proven track record and experience, he will play a pivotal role for our growth in India." Pei said.
 
Sharma had quit Samsung in December last year after nearly ten years long stint across multiple roles, most recently as vice-president - head of Product Strategy. He's also worked at Hewlett-Packard for nearly 12 years across different roles.
 
"Carl's vision is inspiring and I am confident that Nothing will have a meaningful impact on the consumer technology market in India and around the world,” said Manu Sharma, vice-president and general manager, Nothing India.
 
On Wednesday, Nothing also declared that they have roped in Swedish consumer electronics firm Teenage Engineering as a founding partner of the firm. Teenage Engineering is known for creating a range of audio products with a strong emphasis on product design.
 
Teenage Engineering co-founder and chief executive Jesper Kouthoofd will serve as the creative lead while Tom Howard, who is currently working as Teenage Engineering’s vice head of design, will be Nothing’s head of design.
 
Nothing has raised total financing of $22 million to date, from Alphabet's GV and a clutch of angels including iPod inventor Tony Fadell, Twitch cofounder Kevin Lin, Reddit chief executive Steve Huffman, PCH founder and chief executive Liam Casey, Cred founder Kunal Shah, prominent YouTuber Casey Neistat, Product Hunt chief executive Josh Buckley, and Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave.
 
The London-headquartered firm is also allowing the general public to invest up to $1.5 million in the consumer technology company as part of a community funding round. Nothing plans to release its first set of products in the coming months.
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