Sam Altman Moves to Microsoft After OpenAI Upheaval
Microsoft brought Sam Altman aboard to lead an advanced AI research team after his failed attempt to return to OpenAI due to disagreements with the board that ousted him.
Alongside Greg Brockman, who resigned in protest, Altman will spearhead this team at Microsoft. Despite Altman’s hopes of returning to OpenAI, the board declined, prompting his move to Microsoft.
This shift caused Microsoft’s shares to rise significantly. Altman’s departure left OpenAI in disarray, prompting the appointment of Emmett Shear as interim CEO. Despite internal uproar and employee resignations, the board remained steadfast in resisting Altman’s reinstatement.
Altman’s departure stemmed from conflicts over the company’s AI safety measures, though this wasn’t the explicit reason for his dismissal. Negotiations for his return included proposals for a revamped board, potentially led by high-profile tech executives like Bret Taylor, Brian Chesky, or Laurene Powell Jobs.
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Microsoft’s deep ties to OpenAI underscored the latter’s importance to Microsoft’s business strategy.
Altman’s diminishing support within the board, which he himself had helped structure, highlighted the evolving dynamics and tensions within the company. His regret over failing to maintain board loyalty was evident after his departure.