OpenAI CEO Ouster: Sam Altman, Greg Brockman Post Statements via @sejournal, @kristileilani
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OpenAI’s board announces Sam Altman’s departure as CEO, appoints CTO Mira Murati as interim leader. Discover the implications for the future of AI governance.
“The board of directors of OpenAI, Inc, the 501(c)(3) that acts as the overall governing body for all OpenAI activities, today announced that Sam Altman will depart as CEO and leave the board of directors. Mira Murati, the company’s chief technology officer, will serve as interim CEO, effective immediately.”
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Altman Posts To X
i love you all.
today was a weird experience in many ways. but one unexpected one is that it has been sorta like reading your own eulogy while you’re still alive. the outpouring of love is awesome.
one takeaway: go tell your friends how great you think they are.
— Sam Altman (@sama) November 18, 2023
11:43 PM ET 9 hrs ago
Official Statement From Brockman And Altman
The sequence of events began with Sam receiving a text from Ilya, leading to a Google Meet where he was informed of his termination, with the board present except for Greg.
Shortly after, Greg was similarly contacted by Ilya and removed from the board, though his role in the company was affirmed.
The management team, except for Mira who was informed earlier, learned of these developments soon after.
Sam and I are shocked and saddened by what the board did today.
Let us first say thank you to all the incredible people who we have worked with at OpenAI, our customers, our investors, and all of those who have been reaching out.
We too are still trying to figure out exactly…
— Greg Brockman (@gdb) November 18, 2023
11:22 PM ET 10 hrs ago
Rumored Statement Coming
I’ve spoken to Sam and Greg and they will have a statement shortly
— Brian Chesky (@bchesky) November 18, 2023
10:56 PM ET 10 hrs ago
What Happens Next
For those wondering what’ll happen next, the answer is we’ll keep shipping. @sama & @gdb weren’t micro-managers. The ✨ comes from the many geniuses here in research product eng & design. There’s clear internal uniformity among these leaders that we’re here for the bigger mission
— Evan Morikawa (@E0M) November 18, 2023
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Rumor Of "Misalignment" And More Shakeups To Come
Scoop: There are about to be a lot more major departures of top folks at @OpenAI tonight and I assume Altman will make a statement tonight. But, as I understand it, it was a “misalignment” of the profit versus nonprofit adherents at the company. The developer day was an issue. https://t.co/eIE4zctv4X
— Kara Swisher (@karaswisher) November 18, 2023
7:39 PM ET 14 hrs ago
OpenAI Employees Receive Support
Sending love to everyone at OpenAI. Whatever happens next, many of us are wishing the best for all of you and for the amazing company you've built. ❤️
— Andrew Ng (@AndrewYNg) November 18, 2023
❤️ out to employees who have to navigate through ambiguity and uncertainty that distracts from your mission.
regardless of what happens, lean on each other to get through.
i’ve lived it and seen the ebbs and flows. kindness is contagious ❤️❤️❤️
— Jack Krawczyk (@JackK) November 18, 2023
7:13 PM ET 14 hrs ago
Greg Brockman Quits, Continues To Believe In Safe AGI For Humanity
Also included in original announcement from OpenAI: “As a part of this transition, Greg Brockman will be stepping down as chairman of the board and will remain in his role at the company, reporting to the CEO.”
The (former) President & Co-Founder of OpenAI responded:
— Greg Brockman (@gdb) November 18, 2023
6:58 PM ET 14 hrs ago
Microsoft Reportedly "Blindsided" By News
Microsoft reportedly found out about Altman’s removal a minute before the news was published according to Axios.
6:30 PM ET 15 hrs ago
Former Google CEO Calls Altman A Hero
Sam Altman is a hero of mine. He built a company from nothing to $90 Billion in value, and changed our collective world forever. I can't wait to see what he does next. I, and billions of people, will benefit from his future work- it's going to be simply incredible. Thank you…
— Eric Schmidt (@ericschmidt) November 17, 2023
6:26 PM ET 15 hrs ago
Microsoft CEO Posts Update
“We have a long-term agreement with OpenAI with full access to everything we need to deliver on our innovation agenda and an exciting product roadmap; and remain committed to our partnership, and to Mira and the team. Together, we will continue to deliver the meaningful benefits of this technology to the world.”
As you saw at Microsoft Ignite this week, we're continuing to rapidly innovate for this era of AI, with over 100 announcements across the full tech stack – from AI systems, models, and tools in Azure, to Copilot. Most importantly, we're committed to delivering all of this to our…
— Satya Nadella (@satyanadella) November 17, 2023
6:19 PM ET 15 hrs ago
Airbnb CEO Express Support For Altman
Sam Altman is one of the best founders of his generation and has made an immense contribution to our industry
— Brian Chesky (@bchesky) November 17, 2023
4:47 PM ET 16 hrs ago
Sam Altman Responds To News
i loved my time at openai. it was transformative for me personally, and hopefully the world a little bit. most of all i loved working with such talented people.
will have more to say about what’s next later.
— Sam Altman (@sama) November 17, 2023
4:13 PM ET 17 hrs ago
Impact On Microsoft Stock
In case you were wondering how much Sam Altman mattered to Microsoft. I'm gonna go with A LOT. pic.twitter.com/Vs7WvQWq8Y
— Alex Kantrowitz (@Kantrowitz) November 17, 2023
Microsoft’s CEO recently appeared on stage with Altman to announce an extended partnership.
The timing appears to be shortly after the OpenAI announcement.
3:38 PM ET 18 hrs ago
"...he was not consistently candid in his communications with the board..."
The decision for Altman’s departure follows the board’s deliberation over his communication approach, which they found lacked the necessary candor for effective governance.
In the official statement, the board expressed gratitude for Altman’s contributions to OpenAI’s founding and growth but emphasized the need for new leadership to navigate the company’s future. They expressed full confidence in Murati’s capabilities to lead the company during this transitional phase.
The board, comprising independent directors such as Quora CEO Adam D’Angelo, entrepreneur Tasha McCauley, and Helen Toner of the Georgetown Center for Security and Emerging Technology, along with OpenAI chief scientist Ilya Sutskever, plays a crucial role in maintaining the company’s direction and mission integrity. Additionally, Greg Brockman, the chairman of the board, will be stepping down from his role but will continue his association with the company.
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CTO Known For Integral Role In Growth
Stepping into the role of interim CEO is Mira Murati, the company’s Chief Technology Officer, known for her integral role in OpenAI’s growth and her deep understanding of the company’s operations and values.
Murati, a member of the OpenAI leadership team for five years, has been pivotal in shaping the company’s direction. Her expertise in AI governance and policy, coupled with her leadership in the company’s research, product, and safety functions, makes her an ideal candidate for the interim CEO position. The board anticipates a smooth transition as it embarks on a search for a permanent CEO.
3:35 PM ET 18 hrs ago
OpenAI Announces Leadership Transition, CEO Sam Altman Steps Down
OpenAI, Inc, a prominent name in the field of artificial intelligence, has announced a significant change in its leadership. Sam Altman, who has been at the helm as CEO, is set to depart from both his role and the board of directors. The announcement comes after a thorough review process by the board, which concluded a need for new leadership.
3:31 PM ET 18 hrs ago
Sam Altman Replaced By Mira Murati As Interim CEO At OpenAI
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