|Ever dreamed of attending your funeral to see what people think of you?
In a way, Sam Altman is living out that fantasy.
Altman is alive and well, but his run as CEO of OpenAI ended abruptly on Friday. But in the days since his firing, he’s escaped a messy weekend looking like the ultimate hero, Business Insider’s Katie Notopoulos writes.
(For a complete timeline of the chaos, start here. And for a breakdown of why the fiasco is still important to people who aren’t in the tech industry, check this out.)
Most notable among Altman’s supporters were his former employees. Just about everyone at OpenAI has signed a letter threatening to quit the company if Altman isn’t reappointed and board members resign.
Even someone who kicked off the entire mess — OpenAI cofounder and chief scientist Ilya Sutskever — signed the letter and said he deeply regrets participating in Altman’s ouster.
A key issue among employees is the lack of an adequate explanation of what got Altman fired. What employees have been told by Sutskever about the reason for the ouster has left them unconvinced and furious, writes Business Insider’s Kali Hays. To be fair, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and OpenAI CEO Emmett Shear don’t seem to know why either.
Altman also has some fans in the market. In the wake of news that Altman would land at Microsoft, the tech giant saw its shares hit record highs on Monday.
And now Altman is reportedly angling for a return to OpenAI, a fitting culmination to perhaps the wildest coup in Silicon Valley history.