Sam Altman ‘Fired Over Google Meet,’ Ex-OpenAI President Greg Brockman Says ‘Shocked and Saddened’

Greg Brockman, the former President of OpenAI, recently shed light on the tumultuous decision-making process that led to the removal of Sam Altman as CEO of the Microsoft-funded company, which has been making global highlights since its ‘ChatGPT’ launch on November 30, 2022.

Greg Brockman Explains the Boardroom Bombshell

The behind-the-scenes drama, presented by Brockman, highlights a series of unexpected twists that have set the tech community, which is changing faster than ever after ChatGPT’s launch, abuzz.

Screenshot: Greg Brockman/Twitter

Brockman’s revelation started with a text to Altman from OpenAI chief scientist Ilya Sutskever, initiating a Google Meet session attended by the entire board, except for Brockman. The abrupt nature of Altman’s firing, with a quick statement, left both Altman and Brockman “shock and sad”.

The disruption continued as Greg Brockman received a call, followed by the Board Meeting, signaling his removal from the board too. However, he was assured of retaining his role within the company. Simultaneously, OpenAI went public with the unexpected news, catching the industry off guard.

Mira Murati, New Interim CEO of OpenAI

Brockman’s narrative highlights a notable exception—Mira Murati, the newly appointed interim CEO, was the sole individual informed beforehand about Altman’s departure.

Brockman’s Resignation

Following Altman’s dismissal, Greg Brockman, a key figure in OpenAI’s journey, tendered his resignation as President. His departure, laden by unexpected turns compelled him to bid farewell by saying ‘nithing but the best’ to a company he helped build.

Greg Brockman resigned as President of OpenAI after Sam Altman was removed as CEO. (Image Credit: Greg Brockman/Twitter)

Team of Board members who sacked Sam Altman

The Board of Directors that sacked Altman includes OpenAI chief scientist Ilya Sutskever, independent directors Quora CEO Adam D’Angelo, technology entrepreneur Tasha McCauley, and Georgetown Center for Security and Emerging Technology’s Helen Toner.

They accused Altman of lacking consistent candor in his interactions with them, a charge that ultimately led to the loss of confidence in his leadership abilities. The official statement released on the official OpenAI website cited the need for new leadership to propel OpenAI forward, backed by Microsoft.

Altman’s Stance

Altman conveyed a positive response on social media, articulating his appreciation for the time spent at OpenAI and the camaraderie with his dedicated team.

Sam Altman tweet After being Sacked Out of openAI
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