Sam Altman At Microsoft, Announced By Satya Nadella

OpenAI’s co-founder and CEO, Sam Altman, was fired from his own company after the board accused him of “not being consistently honest in his communications. Surprising news Came On Monday, Sam Altman joined Microsoft.

Sam Altman, the former CEO of OpenAI, is leaving the company that created ChatGPT and DALL-E to launch a new project at Microsoft, just a few days after being fired. This is a brief synopsis of Silicon Valley’s major upheaval.

Why did Sam Altman lose his job?

Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI, was abruptly fired on November 17 by the board of directors. “He was not consistently honest in his communications with the board, hindering its ability to exercise its responsibilities,” the board cryptically declared. This sparked a flurry of rumors regarding the rationale behind the choice.

In a matter of hours, OpenAI’s president, Greg Brockman, lost his position on the board and eventually left the company. Jakub Pachocki, Aleksander Madry, and Szymon Sidor, three senior researchers, also left the company.

The board announced that a search for a permanent CEO was underway and named chief technology officer Mira Murati as the interim leader. Murati’s time in office was short-lived because the co-founder of Twitch, Emmett Shear, was named CEO in an acting capacity in just two days.

Shear promised that an independent investigation leading to a report would be conducted over the next month in a tweet stating that the board did not remove Altman due to any particular disagreement on AI safety. In addition, he pledged to “reform the management and leadership team” and made the suggestion that the business might require “governance changes.”

Is Sam Altman going to be back at OpenAI?

A day after Altman’s abrupt departure, there were rumors circulating that OpenAI backers, notably Microsoft, the world’s largest technology company, were putting pressure on the board to reinstate him. The conversation seemed to stall, though.

Subsequently, on November 20, Microsoft’s managing director Satya Nadella declared on X (previously known as Twitter) that Altman and Brockman would be launching a new business. “We are very happy to announce that Sam Altman and Greg Brockman will be on our team; they will be joining Microsoft to lead a new advanced AI research team, along with other colleagues.”

The Announcement

We have been firm in our commitment to OpenAI, confident in our product roadmap, our capacity for innovation in light of everything we revealed at Microsoft Ignite, and our ability to support our partners and customers. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella wrote on X to announce Sam Altman’s appointment.

“Working with Emmett Shear and the new OAI leadership team excites us.” In addition, we are happy to announce that Microsoft has hired Sam Altman, Greg Brockman, and colleagues to lead a new advanced AI research team. The Microsoft CEO wrote, “We’re excited to get started on giving them the tools they need to succeed.

Who is Emmett Shear?

The board of directors of OpenAI, an artificial intelligence startup, appointed Emmett Shear, a 1983 native, as interim CEO on November 19, 2023, two days after former CEO Sam Altman was fired.

Emmett Shear is a co-founder of Twitch, a streaming video platform where users can watch others play video games. It originated from a prior project named, which broadcast a man named Justin Kan’s life via livestream for eight months while he had a webcam attached to his head. Shear left his position as CEO of Twitch in March of this year.

What is OpenAI?

Along with other individuals, Altman and Brockman established OpenAI in 2015 with the goal of being an open organization that would freely allow anyone to use the proprietary technology it developed and release its research to the public. Elon Musk was a board member, and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel supplied funding.  Although it didn’t last long, the company’s open approach attracted a lot of ideological talent.

When the other board members rejected Musk’s proposal to take direct control of the organization in 2018, Musk resigned from the board. The business switched to a profit-led model in 2019, which limited its profit potential to 100 times its initial investment. This modification resulted in the current state of affairs, wherein the for-profit OpenAI Global LLC is owned and managed by the not-for-profit OpenAI, Inc.

Since then, OpenAI has led the way in AI research, introducing ground-breaking models like GPT-3, GPT-4, and DALL-E that have expanded the boundaries of what is possible with this kind of technology. However, it has led to a slightly uncomfortable situation where the company’s pursuit of profit must now coexist with the original organization’s transparent, charitable nature.


Since Sam Altman is regarded as an enigmatic entrepreneur in Silicon Valley and has established himself as a leading authority on AI research, It was never really in doubt where he would carry out his AI research. He was once described as “someone you could parachute into an island full of cannibals and come back in five years, and he’d be the king” by Paul Graham, the founder of the venture capital firm Y Combinator.

With Microsoft still holding a sizable stake in OpenAI, Sam Altman and Brockman appear set to launch a new AI research team under the company’s direct supervision. Nadella expressed his excitement about “getting to know Emmett Shear and OAI’s new leadership team and working with them.”

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