Sam Altman Will Not Return as CEO
A quick recap of everything that's happened since Sam Altman's firing
Sam Altman's Background:
Co-founder of OpenAI in 2015 with investors like Peter Thiel and Elon Musk.
A former partner at startup incubator Y Combinator.
Became CEO of OpenAI in 2019.
ChatGPT Launch and Success:
Under Altman's leadership, OpenAI launched ChatGPT, which became the fastest-growing app of all time.
Sam Altman's Departure from OpenAI:
Announced unexpectedly on a Friday evening.
The board cited a lack of candor in his communications as the reason.
Generated widespread speculation and rumors in the tech community.
Greg Brockman's Resignation:
Co-founder and president Greg Brockman announced his resignation following Altman's departure.
Initially intended to remain in other roles but then decided to quit entirely.
Circumstances of Altman's Firing:
Fired over a Google Meet call, with most of OpenAI's management, including CTO and interim CEO Mira Murati, being unaware until shortly before the announcement.
Reason for Altman's Firing:
Reported misalignment between OpenAI's for-profit and non-profit sides.
Alleged focus on profit and product development over AI safety concerns.
OpenAI's New Interim CEO:
Mira Murati became the new interim CEO.
Investor Reaction and Effort to Rehire Altman:
Investors, including major ones like Microsoft, were reportedly unhappy with Altman's firing.
Efforts were made to negotiate Altman's return to the company.
Employee and Researcher Response:
Employees expressed disapproval of Altman's firing.
Three senior researchers resigned in response.
OpenAI employees showed support for Altman on social media.
Last Update: (As of Nov 19, 11:00PM)
Mira (interim CEO) goes to team Sam & they give the board 5 pm PST deadline
@ 6:31 pm Kyle Vogt (Twitch co-founder) steps down as CEO of Cruise
Two hours later, the Board elects Emmett Shear, Kyle’s Twitch Co-founder, as CEO
Update (Nov 20th 9am)
Sam and Greg will be joining Microsoft to lead a new AI team
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