The shakeup at OpenAI might have been easy to overlook unless you closely follow tech news. On Friday, OpenAI's board dismissed CEO Sam Altman, triggering the exit of other crucial team members.
What led the board to dismiss the CEO of one of the world's most influential and successful startups? It turns out that it was the board of OpenAI's non-profit arm (OpenAI Inc.), rather than the commercial company (OpenAI Global LLC), that made this decision. While details are still surfacing, it appears that Sam Altman's aggressive strategy in establishing OpenAI as a leading technology firm, capturing unprecedented business opportunities, clashed with the non-profit board's mission. Led by AI luminary Ilya Sutskever, the board favored a slower, more responsible approach to AI development.
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