OpenAI went through its own episode of Succession last weekend when cofounder and CEO Sam Altman was abruptly fired Friday. Like a changing script, I’ve had to update and rewrite this newsletter quite a few times to keep up with the changes at the ChatGPT creator.
In Altman’s place was first CTO Mira Murati, who was then replaced by former Twitch CEO Emmett Shear to be OpenAI’s second interim CEO. Microsoft—an OpenAI investor who was reportedly furious over Altman’s exit—gave Altman and former OpenAI President Greg Brockman, who resigned, jobs to lead its new AI research arm. Microsoft is already seeing some wins out of all of this.
As for OpenAI employees, 95% of OpenAI workers signed an open letter calling for the board’s resignation or they’ll quit. The collective action, though, has foreign work visa holders putting their residence status in jeopardy.
Forbes has been reporting the twists and turns of this evolving story. If you prefer to get your news in video form, senior editor Alex Konrad recaps it here.
As always, read on for more workplace news and career advice. Have a great week. If you’re in the U.S., I hope you have a great Thanksgiving and a nice break from work. See you next!
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