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Microsoft is looking further afield to take a seat on OpenAI's reorganized board

via:IT之家     time:2023/11/20 10:05:53     readed:178

On November 20, the board of directors of OpenAI became lively after the sudden dismissal of former CEO Sam Altman.

As the OpenAI infighting drama became more intense, the company wanted to return Altman, who had just been kicked out, but the latter put forward the board's collective resignation request, which was resisted by the board.

The Information, citing two people familiar with the matter, said Microsoft is considering taking a major role on OpenAI's board.

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If ousted Sam Altman returns to OpenAI in the future, Microsoft may use the opportunity to lay its own chess pieces. One of the people said Microsoft could sit on OpenAI's board as a director, or as an observer without voting rights.

A source familiar with the matter said yesterday that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has been in touch with Altman and has pledged to support him in whatever moves he takes next.

Nadella has reportedly been trying to assist OpenAI interim CEO Mira Murati in discussions about Altman's return, even personally.

He said that if Altman does not return to OpenAI, Microsoft will consider investing in Altman's new venture. One of the people stressed that Nadella himself is unlikely to join OpenAI's board.

The general context of the IT House dismissal event:

According to Greg Brockman, former OpenAI president and co-founder

  • On Thursday night local time, Sam received a text message from lead scientist Ilya Sutskever asking to talk at noon on Friday. Sam attended a Google Meet meeting where the entire board was there, except for Greg. Elijah told Sam that he was going to be fired, and the news would come out soon.

  • At 12:19 p.m. local time, Greg received a text message from Elijah asking for a quick call back.

  • At 12:23 p.m. local time, Ilya sent the Google Meet link. Greg is told that he will be removed from the board (but he is vital to the company and will retain his position), while Sam has been fired. Around the same time, OpenAI published a blog post.

  • It didn't take long for the management team to realize this, except for interim CEO Mira Murati, who found out the night before.

Public news earlier on November 18, Beijing time:

  • On Friday, OpenAI announced that Sam Altman will step down as CEO and leave the board of directors, to be replaced by technology chief Mira Murati, effective immediately.

  • The OpenAI board said in a blog post that after a "deliberative review process," it concluded that Altman had not been consistently candid in his communications with the board, impeding the board's ability to carry out its duties. "The board no longer has confidence in his ability to continue leading OpenAI."

  • Altman's X post: "I've loved my time at OpenAI, it's been revolutionary for me and hopefully for the world. Most of all, I love working with these talented people. I'll have more details to say later."

Beijing time on November 19, media reports:

  • Sam Altman told investors that he plans to launch a new AI venture. Greg Brockman is expected to join the venture, which is still under development and the exact nature of the venture is unclear.

  • The OpenAI board is in discussions with Altman about returning to the CEO role. He is "ambivalent" about returning and wants major changes in governance.

  • Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has spoken with Altman to make sure he can return to work at OpenAI on Monday.

  • Altman met with executives at the company's San Francisco headquarters as a "guest" with former president Greg Brockman.

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