Sam Altman’s Whirlwind Weekend: From OpenAI to Microsoft Sam Altman’s Whirlwind Weekend: From OpenAI to Microsoft
On Friday, news broke that the board of OpenAI fired CEO Sam Altman without notice. The move was sudden and unexpected,... Sam Altman’s Whirlwind Weekend: From OpenAI to Microsoft

On Friday, news broke that the board of OpenAI fired CEO Sam Altman without notice. The move was sudden and unexpected, shocking the entire tech industry. In a blog post, OpenAI stated, “Mr. Altman’s departure follows a deliberative review process by the board, which concluded that he was not consistently candid in his communications with the board, hindering its ability to exercise its responsibilities.”

The post continued, “The board no longer has confidence in his ability to continue leading OpenAI.” With Altman finding himself ousted from OpenAI, he thanked the team and hinted at providing more details at a later date:

During the period between Saturday and Monday morning, rumors swirled online about both Altman’s next move, and the reasoning behind his sudden termination. One rumor from The Verge claimed that the board at OpenAI was even in talks to bring Altman back only a day after his removal.

In-Person and Virtual Conference

April 23rd to 25th, 2024

Join us for a deep dive into the latest data science and AI trends, tools, and techniques, from LLMs to data analytics and from machine learning to responsible AI.

Though it seemed that by the beginning of the week, the shakeup would reverse itself, by the time Monday came, that wouldn’t be the case. That’s because early Monday, Microsoft announced that it had hired not only Sam Altman but also Greg Brockman to lead a new advanced AI research team.

This announcement came from Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella‘s personal X account. He also renewed his commitment to Microsoft’s partnership with OpenAI:

Replying on X, Altman simply stated that “the mission continues.” Nadella continued by replying to Altman. In his reply, he hinted at Altman’s new role with the company, mentioning in part, “We’ve learned a lot over the years about how to give founders and innovators space to build independent identities and cultures within Microsoft, including GitHub, Mojang Studios, and LinkedIn, and I’m looking forward to having you do the same.

Greg Brockman also, replied to the tweet that some key OpenAI talent will be joining them at Microsoft. In the Tweet, he tagged, Jakub Pachocki, director of research at OpenAI, OpenAI research scientist Szymon Sidor, and head of preparedness Aleksander Madry are coming on board with them to Microsoft.

All of this comes as Bloomberg’s Emily Chang interviewed Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on Monday. In a LinkedIn post, the Host of Bloomberg Originals stated, “I can’t figure out what Sam Altman may have done wrong to be fired from OpenAI and Satya shows no inkling of knowing anything untoward. Also, he definitely signals he wants Altman to be reinstated.”

So far what’s going on in the background with all of the players is anyone’s guess. But how in the last seventy hours, Altman went from leading OpenAI to being hired as a CEO at Microsoft shows that things are moving at a rapid pace in the AI world.

You can watch the interview below:




ODSC gathers the attendees, presenters, and companies that are shaping the present and future of data science and AI. ODSC hosts one of the largest gatherings of professional data scientists with major conferences in USA, Europe, and Asia.