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OpenAI’s Game of Thrones: A Weekend of Leadership Upheaval

Updated: Nov 22, 2023

OpenAI and Sam Altman had quite the rollercoaster of a weekend. And for those of us who were following along all the latest developments in real-time, it was high drama.

Here’s a detailed timeline with all the key events:

📅 Friday: The Beginning of a Turbulent Weekend

  • Board’s Unexpected Decision: The board votes to terminate Sam Altman as CEO, causing a stir in the tech community.

  • Altman’s Sudden Departure: Altman is informed of his termination during a board call, surprising many.

  • Greg Brockman’s Shifted Role: Greg Brockman, OpenAI’s Co-Founder and CTO, is informed about his continued role but is removed from the board.

  • Microsoft’s Last-Minute Notification: Microsoft, a significant stakeholder, is briefed just minutes before the public announcement.

📅 Saturday: Rising Tensions and Employee Solidarity

  • Negotiation Speculations: Rumors about potential negotiations to bring Altman back as CEO begin to surface.

  • Mira Murati’s Interim Leadership: Mira Murati steps in as interim CEO, reportedly working towards reinstating Altman.

  • Employee and Community Support: OpenAI employees start expressing their support for Altman, showcasing the company’s strong internal culture.

  • Investor Involvement: Investors, including Microsoft, are reported to be closely watching the situation, potentially influencing the negotiations.

  • Board Resignation Ultimatum: A deadline is set for the board to resign and reinstate Altman and Brockman, adding to the suspense.

📅 Sunday: A Day of High Drama

  • Altman’s Dramatic Office Visit: Altman returns to OpenAI’s office, stating it would be the “first and last time” he wore a guest badge, implying he would either return as CEO or leave for good.

  • Board’s Resignation and New Leadership: Following Altman’s visit, the board agrees to step down. Emmett Shear, former Twitch CEO, is then announced as the interim CEO.

  • Strategic Shifts at OpenAI: These leadership changes indicate a potential new direction for OpenAI’s strategy and operations.

  • Joining Microsoft: Sam Altman, Greg Brockman and others who quit at OpenAI are joining Microsoft to lead a new advanced AI research team.. according to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

  • OpenAI’s Market Position: Despite the internal changes, OpenAI’s valuation and user base continues to grow, highlighting its market impact.

  • Anticipation for Future Moves: With Shear at the helm and the board’s resignation, there’s widespread curiosity about OpenAI’s next strategic steps.

Update:

🌟 The Final Twist in OpenAI's Bizarre Drama: Sam Altman Reclaims CEO Role 🎭

In a plot twist worthy of a tech thriller, Sam Altman makes a dramatic return as CEO of OpenAI, bringing the weekend's bizarre leadership saga full circle.



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