Greg Brockman, co-founder and Chairman of OpenAI, announced his departure from the company on Friday, following the abrupt removal of chief executive Sam Altman, and the assurance that Brockman would remain at the startup. Brockman’s unexpected exit, which came just after the first developer conference under Altman’s leadership, added to the day’s uncertainty at OpenAI.Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
In a message to the OpenAI team, Brockman expressed pride in the collective achievements since the company’s inception in his apartment 8 years ago, and the belief in the mission of creating safe AGI that benefits humanity. However, in light of the day’s events, he announced his resignation and wished the team good luck.
While OpenAI previously stated that Brockman would step down as chairman of the board but remain with the company, his departure marks the end of a close association with the former CEO.
OpenAI, Brockman, and Microsoft, owning about half of the company, have been tight-lipped about the reasons behind Altman’s ousting, despite the notable impact of OpenAI’s language models in the field of AI. The departure of this duo has caused a stir in Silicon Valley, as Altman had been a prominent figure leading the company and wielded influence over numerous startups in the industry.
Prior to this, OpenAI had attributed Altman’s departure to a loss of confidence from the board, citing a “deliberative review process” that revealed shortcomings in his communication and ability to fulfill his responsibilities.
More updates to come.