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OpenAI's tender offer, which would allow employees to sell shares in the start-up to outside investors, remains on track despite the leadership tumult and board shuffle, two people familiar with the matter told CNBC. The round and previously reported valuation were jeopardized by Sam Altman's temporary ouster earlier in November, but his return cleared the way for the tender offer to proceed. The extension of the tender offer comes after a rollercoaster couple of weeks for the company. OpenAI's other major backers include Founders Fund, Sequoia Capital and, following the completion of the tender offer, Thrive Capital. Founders Fund will not participate in the tender offer either, a person familiar with the firm said.
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Former OpenAI board member Helen Toner has announced her resignation. Toner said that the board wasn't trying to slow down OpenAI's work by firing CEO Sam Altman. AdvertisementFormer OpenAI board member Helen Toner says the board wasn't trying to stifle the company's progress by removing CEO Sam Altman. Though there has been speculation, we were not motivated by a desire to slow down OpenAI’s work. AdvertisementAside from bringing back Altman, OpenAI welcomed a new initial board comprising Bret Taylor, Larry Summers, and Adam D'Angelo.
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Sam Altman is back in charge of OpenAI but some employees are still feeling nervous, per Semafor. NEW LOOK Sign up to get the inside scoop on today’s biggest stories in markets, tech, and business — delivered daily. AdvertisementOpenAI's CEO Sam Altman may be back in charge but some employees are still feeling uneasy. According to one of the outlet's sources, rival AI company Cohere has received several inquiries from OpenAI employees in recent days. AdvertisementAI companies Hugging Face and Cohere told CNBC they've had more customer inquiries following Altman's ousting and reinstatement as CEO.
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AdvertisementYears before the recent drama at OpenAI turned CEO Sam Altman into a household name, the former Y Combinator president went on an extraordinary 18-month, $85 million real-estate shopping spree, according to records reviewed by Business Insider — including a previously unreported $43 million Hawaii estate on land that locals describe as historically significant. AdvertisementSam Altman's Hawaii estate is immediately adjacent to the reconstruction of the royal temple of King Kamehameha I. Maxar TechnologiesA $43 million estate in HawaiiIn July 2021, Altman bought a twelve-bedroom estate in Kailua-Kona, on the big island of Hawaii, for $43 million. Altman's purchase of the Hawaii property has not been previously reported. AdvertisementAnnie had been unaware that her oldest brother owned property in Hawaii until Business Insider asked her about it, she said. A $27 million San Francisco homeAltman's weekday residence is a home on San Francisco's Russian Hill that was once described — inaccurately — as the most expensive home in San Francisco.
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Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailOpenAI employees are reaching out to other companies despite Sam Altman's return: Reed AlbergottiReed Albergotti, Semafor technology editor, joins 'Squawk Box' to discuss the state of A.I. technology devleopment, the lingering unease among OpenAI staff following Sam Altman's firing and rehiring, and more.
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OpenAI rivals say Sam Altman's ousting and reinstatement as CEO has created opportunities. Hugging Face and Cohere say they've had more customer inquiries following the chaos. Josh Gartner of Cohere told CNBC that clients want "reliable business solutions, not soap operas." AdvertisementOpenAI's rivals say the chaos of ousting Sam Altman as CEO only for him to return days later has helped them attract more interest from potential customers. "I think a lot of companies, organizations now are kind of wondering about the risk about outsourcing their AI to just one AI provider," Hugging Face CEO Clément Delangue told CNBC.
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Few investors are more emblematic of the no-interest-rate private market frenzy than billionaire Scott Shleifer. Tiger's venture approach in 2020 and 2021 — constantly described as unsustainable by rivals — included maneuvers such as offering start-ups more money than they were asking and emailing founders term sheets after a single meeting. Shleifer's reputation and personal wealth grew with Tiger's venture success. As Tiger was fundraising late last year, investors learned of a $10 million settlement Tiger Global made to a former female employee. At least one Tiger investor was surprised to hear about it from Coleman and not Shleifer himself.
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OpenAI's new board has drawn criticism for only consisting of white men. One name that's been floated to join it is ex-Google researcher and AI ethics expert Timnit Gebru. AdvertisementThe new OpenAI board has drawn criticism for its lack of diversity, as it's currently comprised of three white men. One name that's been floated to join the board is prominent AI researcher Timnit Gebru. The new board will consider candidates to fill an expanded board of nine members, according to The Verge.
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After Sam Altman's ouster, many are wondering why OpenAI board members booted him. Bedrock Capital's founder, an OpenAI investor, is more concerned with a board member's background. Geoff Lewis said, without offering evidence, he thinks an ex-board member's ties to China should be examined. Instead of debating Toner's reason to oust Altman, Lewis said the "right set of questions" should be aimed at her background. AdvertisementToner, along with Tasha McCauley, the only two female board members of OpenAI, were removed from the board following their votes to vacate Altman from his role as CEO.
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Apple’s Steve Jobs and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey made similar comebacks at the companies they founded. NEW LOOK Sign up to get the inside scoop on today’s biggest stories in markets, tech, and business — delivered daily. download the app Email address Sign up By clicking “Sign Up”, you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy . AdvertisementPerhaps the most obvious example is Steve Jobs, who famously left Apple in 1985 after a boardroom struggle. If your company's board is willing to get rid of you once, they'll probably do it again.
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  + stars: | 2023-11-24 | by ( Zev Fima | )   time to read: +3 min
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Emmett Shear was temporarily CEO of OpenAI in between Sam Altman's departure and return earlier this week. Business Insider offers you five things in tech that outlasted his tenure at OpenAI. AdvertisementEmmett Shear's stint as interim CEO of OpenAI might have set some sort of record. By Wednesday he was replaced by the original CEO, Sam Altman, following a series of dramatic twists and turns. AdvertisementHere are five things in the tech world that outlived his time as CEO of OpenAI:
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We now know Sam Altman's returning to the company after being fired, but we are still very confused. AdvertisementSam Altman is set to return as CEO of OpenAI after one of the most confusing weeks in Silicon Valley history. Why was Sam Altman suddenly fired as CEO of OpenAI? Ilya Sutskever, OpenAI's chief scientist who was rumored to play a central role in Sam Altman's ousting, was committed to AI safety. Commentators had speculated that Microsoft would be after an OpenAI board seat — or at least a more formalized communication system — in the wake of the fallout.
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OpenAI reinstated CEO Sam Altman after a dayslong saga kicked off with the board firing him Friday. AdvertisementOpenAI staffers who threatened to quit this week over CEO Sam Altman's firing are making up to $800,000 per year, according to Bloomberg. AdvertisementBut tech-firm salaries don't include bonuses or stock awards, which can bring total compensation for some OpenAI engineers closer to $800,000, Bloomberg said. But despite the high demand for talent, there are aren't many people who understand the technology, so companies value these workers with high salaries as well as influence. At OpenAI, these employees played a key role in Altman's eventual rehire at the AI startup following his surprise ouster last week.
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Sam Altman's high-profile firing has drawn comparisons to Timnit Gebru's exit from Google. Some tech observers and "Black Twitter" asked: "What if Sam Altman were a Black woman?" Sam Altman's shocking ouster— and reinstatement — to OpenAI drew comparisons to Steve Jobs's exit and eventual return to Apple . But a less obvious comparison has been drawn that asks the question: "What if Sam Altman was a Black Woman?" Advertisement"What If Sam Altman Were A Black Woman?
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OpenAI crisis: Microsoft is not in a good place, analyst says
  + stars: | 2023-11-23 | by ( )   time to read: 1 min
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailOpenAI crisis: Microsoft is not in a good place, analyst saysStefan Slowinski, global head of software research at BNP Paribas Exane, discusses the events surrounding Sam Altman's ouster from OpenAI and the company's decision to bring him back as CEO.
Persons: Stefan Slowinski, Sam Altman's Organizations: Microsoft, BNP Paribas Exane Locations: OpenAI
The previously unreported letter and AI algorithm was a catalyst that caused the board to oust Altman, the poster child of generative AI, the two sources said. The sources cited the letter as one factor among a longer list of grievances by the board that led to Altman's firing. The researchers who wrote the letter did not immediately respond to requests for comment. According to one of the sources, long-time executive Mira Murati told employees on Wednesday that a letter about the AI breakthrough called Q* (pronounced Q-Star), precipitated the board's actions. OpenAI defines AGI as AI systems that are smarter than humans.
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Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailThe relationship between Sam Altman and the OpenAI board is 'already broken': ProfessorSam Garg, professor of management at ESSEC Business School, discusses the board composition of OpenAI and Sam Altman's ouster.
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download the app Email address Sign up By clicking “Sign Up”, you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy . In today's big story, we're looking at Sam Altman returning to the helm of OpenAI. Less than five days after his shocking ouster, Sam Altman is set to return to OpenAI as its CEO. Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella, a key figure in the past few days' drama, comes out a winner. By helping to reinstall Altman at OpenAI, he stabilizes a key piece of Microsoft's AI strategy.
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Ilya Sutskever was nowhere to be found Tuesday night at the impromptu party OpenAI staff threw to celebrate the return of Sam Altman as CEO. Sutskever was directly involved in Altman's abrupt removal as CEO last Friday by OpenAI's board, of which Sutskever was a member. With Altman now back leading the company, a new smaller board in place, and additional members imminent, staff are unsure if Sutskever will return at all. Another person familiar with both men thinks it is possible Sutskever could return and mend fences, however unlikely. Greg Brockman, OpenAI's president and another co-founder who quit in solidarity with Altman, is less magnanimous, the person said.
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Microsoft was preparing to bring on OpenAI employees who were ready to quit after Sam Altman's departure. However, Altman announced he was returning as OpenAI's CEO on Wednesday morning. AdvertisementMicrosoft was getting ready to welcome hundreds of OpenAI employees to its offices in San Francisco before Sam Altman returned as OpenAI's CEO on Wednesday, according to reporting from CNBC and Axios . Altman announced his return as OpenAI's CEO on Wednesday morning on X after reaching an agreement with the company. OpenAI staff showed unwavering support for Altman after he was fired.
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Emmett Shear was CEO of OpenAI for 72 hours before Sam Altman's return was announced. Bloomberg reported that Shear had participated in talks between the OpenAI board and Altman. On Wednesday, Shear said he was "deeply pleased" with Altman's return. The company announced Altman's return in a Wednesday post on X, less than a week after its board ousted him. Shear indicated that those discussions led to Altman's return.
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Jack Guez | Afp | Getty ImagesAfter a weekend of crisis and tumult, Sam Altman has returned as the CEO of OpenAI. Nathan Laine | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesBret Taylor, board chair Bret Taylor is currently a board member at the e-commerce platform Shopify . It isn't clear if Taylor's involvement with his own AI startup will cease with his appointment to lead OpenAI's board. OpenAI's board fired Altman Friday after determining he was "not consistently candid in his communications," but its members never elaborated further. Jack Guez | AFP | Getty ImagesIlya Sutskever Ilya Sutskever co-founded OpenAI and serves as its chief scientist.
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[1/3] Sam Altman, CEO of ChatGPT maker OpenAI, arrives for a bipartisan Artificial Intelligence (AI) Insight Forum for all U.S. senators hosted by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., September 13, 2023. "Altman seems awfully powerful and it is unclear that any board would be able to oversee him. The board fired Altman last week with little explanation and attempted to move on by naming an interim CEO twice. "The fact that Summers and Taylor will join OpenAI is quite extraordinary and marks a dramatic reversal of fortunes in the company," Valle said. Sutskever, Altman and Taylor could not be immediately reached for comment.
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Bret Taylor, formerly co-CEO of Salesforce, and Larry Summers, former U.S. Treasury Secretary, will join Quora CEO and current director Adam D'Angelo, OpenAI said. Altman said in a post on X, "i'm looking forward to returning to openai." In a statement on X, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella welcomed the changes to OpenAI's board. In a post on X, Shear celebrated the late-night outcome Tuesday, which he said followed "~72 very intense hours of work." Following this show of solidarity, Altman wrote on X: "we have more unity and commitment and focus than ever before."
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