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SHOTS FIRED!! OPEN AI Explodes | My First Million

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In this episode of the “My First Million” podcast, the hosts discuss the shocking firing of Sam Altman, former CEO of OpenAI. They delve into the controversy surrounding the situation and analyze the players involved. The episode also covers the speculation about Altman’s departure, the transition in OpenAI’s leadership, and the impact on the company and its employees.

Main Takeaways

Controversy and Speculation

  • Sam Altman, former CEO of OpenAI, was fired on Friday, which was a shock to many in the tech industry.
  • Twitter has been a hub of activity and discussion around the controversy.
  • Speculation arose about the reason for Altman’s departure, including accusations of fraud, privacy leaks, or sexual assault.

Leadership Transition and Public Opinion

  • OpenAI announced a leadership transition with Sam Altman departing as CEO due to communication issues with the board and CTO Mira.
  • OpenAI co-founder Greg Brockman resigned shortly after Altman, causing a shift in the public opinion that the situation may not be as bad as initially thought.
  • Many people who had worked with Altman in the past shared stories of how he had gone to bat for them, including calling investors to save their company.

Board Dynamics and Reactions

  • The board of OpenAI is made up of people who have no equity or track record building or operating complex companies, which seems odd.
  • Rumors circulate that Sam and Greg are going to create an OpenAI competitor, and the team starts tweeting emoji hearts in support of Sam.
  • The board starts scrambling and trying to renegotiate with Sam to bring him back, but he insists that they all resign and clear his name, bring back Greg, and put together a new board of his choosing.

Employee Petition and Microsoft’s Involvement

  • Former CEO of Twitch, Emmett Shear, is suddenly announced as the new CEO of OpenAI, and 600 of the 700 employees sign a petition saying they will leave if Sam and Greg are not brought back and the board resigns.
  • Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was blindsided by Sam’s firing, but later announces that Sam and Greg now work for Microsoft.
  • Microsoft owns 49% of OpenAI and has the license to all technology.

Sam Altman’s Background and OpenAI’s Founding

  • Sam Altman’s background and success in Silicon Valley is impressive, with Paul Graham stating he has the potential to be a leader anywhere, even on an island full of cannibals.
  • Sam Altman came out as gay in high school and created a gay club, then led a school walkout.
  • Altman was behind the scenes at Y Combinator, but started talking about OpenAI a few years ago.


Controversy and Leadership Transition

The firing of Sam Altman, former CEO of OpenAI, caused a wave of controversy and speculation in the tech industry. Twitter became a hub of discussion, with rumors swirling about the reasons behind Altman’s departure. OpenAI announced a leadership transition, with Altman and co-founder Greg Brockman stepping down due to communication issues. However, the public opinion shifted when stories emerged of Altman’s support and advocacy for others.

Board Dynamics and Employee Petition

The composition of OpenAI’s board raised eyebrows, as it consisted of individuals without equity or experience in complex company operations. Rumors circulated that Altman and Brockman might create a competitor to OpenAI, leading to a supportive response from the team. The board attempted to bring Altman back, but he insisted on resignations, the reinstatement of Brockman, and the formation of a new board. In response, 600 employees signed a petition threatening to leave if their demands were not met.

Microsoft’s Involvement and Altman’s Background

Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, was surprised by Altman’s firing but later revealed that Altman and Brockman now work for Microsoft. Microsoft owns a significant stake in OpenAI and has access to its technology. Altman’s background and success in Silicon Valley, including his involvement with Y Combinator and his early discussions about OpenAI, highlight his potential as a leader. Altman’s activism in high school, including creating a gay club and leading a walkout, adds depth to his character.


The firing of Sam Altman as CEO of OpenAI has caused a stir in the tech industry, with speculation and controversy surrounding the situation. The leadership transition and the response from employees and Microsoft highlight the significance of Altman’s role in the company. Altman’s background and reputation further contribute to the intrigue surrounding his departure. As the situation continues to unfold, it remains to be seen how OpenAI will navigate this challenging period and whether Altman’s influence will extend beyond his tenure at the company.

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