According to X blogger DeItaone, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that he had spoken with Sam Altman to ensure that Altman would return to work at OpenAI on Monday.
Greg Brockman, former president of OpenAI, commented in the article: If he was fired, why did he come to work on Monday?
According to Bloomberg, OpenAI investors are pressuring the board of directors to reverse its decision to fire CEO Altmann and remove him as a director, according to people familiar with the matter.
People familiar with the matter said that some investors, including the famous venture capital firm Thrive Capital, are negotiating with Microsoft, OpenAI’s largest shareholder, to restore Altman as CEO. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the negotiations are private.
Thrive is expected to lead the employee stock tender offer, but has not yet wired the funds, and has made it clear to OpenAI that Altmann’s departure will affect its actions. Thrive, the largest OpenAI investor outside of Microsoft, is working to reinstate Altman and president Greg Brockman.
Microsoft CEO Nadella has been in contact with Altman and has pledged to support whatever moves he takes next, people familiar with the matter said.
IT House attaches the general outline of the recall incident:
Statement from Greg Brockman, former President and Co-Founder of OpenAI
Last night (Thursday night local time), Sam received a text message from chief scientist Ilya Sutskever, requesting a talk at noon on Friday. Sam attends a Google Meet meeting where the entire board of directors is present except Greg. Elijah tells Sam he’s being fired and the news will come out soon.
(Local time, the same below) At 12:19 noon, Greg received a text message from Elijah asking for a quick call back.
At 12:23 pm, Ilya sent the Google Meet link. Greg was told that he would be removed from the board (but that he was vital to the company and would retain his position), and Sam had been fired. Around the same time, OpenAI published a blog post .
The management team soon became aware of this, except for interim CEO Mira Murati, who found out the night before.
Public information earlier on November 18th, Beijing time
On Friday local time, OpenAI announced that Sam Altman will resign as CEO and leave the board of directors, and will be replaced by technical director Mira Murati, effective immediately.
OpenAI’s board of directors said in a blog post that after a “deliberative review process,” it concluded that Altman had not been consistently candid in his communications with the board, hindering the board’s ability to carry out its responsibilities. “The board no longer has confidence in his ability to continue leading OpenAI.”
Altman’s X post: “I loved my time at OpenAI, it was revolutionary for me and hopefully the world. Most of all, I loved working with such talented people .I have more detailed things to say later.”
Media reports on November 19, Beijing time
Sam Altman told investors he plans to launch a new AI company. Greg Brockman is expected to join the venture, which is still under development and the exact nature of the joint venture is unclear at this time.
OpenAI’s board of directors is discussing returning to the CEO position with Altman. He was “ambivalent” about returning and wanted significant changes to governance.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has spoken with Altman to ensure that he returns to work on OpenAI on Monday.
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