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In a shocking turn of events, former Y Combinator president Sam Altman was fired as CEO of AI startup OpenAI, leading to a series of resignations and internal turmoil. The company’s longtime president and co-founder, Greg Brockman, also resigned, along with three senior OpenAI researchers.
The fallout continued with Microsoft releasing a statement about Altman’s firing and OpenAI’s funding being in jeopardy. Altman is reportedly planning to launch a new venture, and investors are pushing for his return. The board initially agreed in principle to reinstate Altman and Brockman but missed a deadline, leading to negotiations and a potential merger with a rival company.
Altman ultimately joined Microsoft to lead a new AI research team, and Sutskever expressed regret over his decision to remove Altman. OpenAI employees threatened to resign unless the board resigned and reappointed Altman. Altman and Brockman are considering returning to OpenAI if the remaining board members step aside. The board also considered a potential merger with a rival company.