For a quick refresher, let’s talk about the journey of Sam Altman in the past few days:
- Unexpectedly fired from OpenAI by board
- Board realizes they made a mistake and offers his job back
- Altman walks away from job because board won’t dissolve
- Microsoft hires Altman shortly after
- Altman still tries to get job back at OpenAI
- Board finally dissolves
- Altman comes back as CEO of OpenAI with new board
Just so we’re clear here, I really hope this is the last time I have to write about this man for a while. I had made a decision an hour before this news broke that I wasn’t going to write anything until his feet were firmly planted somewhere. And now I could be breaking that decision.
As of 1:01 AM ET, OpenAI tweeted alerting everyone that Sam Altman has returned as CEO and who’s on the new board.
Speaking of the board, according to some sources in the know, they are planning to build it out to about 9 people. Microsoft is expected to be represented. Altman is also expected to occupy a seat.
Which now takes me to both Microsoft and Altman himself. Both Altman and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella have both made statements on Twitter about the recent developments.
I’m glad that this issue is hopefully behind us now. I recall seeing a post on Mastodon earlier talking about the whole world stopping to talk about a CEO who lost a job. They remarked that we should really be focusing on all the actual employees of these companies being let go.
I, for one, definitely agree!
Source: The Verge