OpenAI Staff Threaten to Quit Unless Board Resigns
Approximately 95 percent of the company has threatened to quit
OpenAI was in open revolt on Monday with more than 730 employees signing an open letter threatening to leave unless the board resigns and reinstates Sam Altman as CEO, along with cofounder and former president Greg Brockman. Altman was controversially fired by the board on Friday.
"The process through which you terminated Sam Altman and removed Greg Brockman from the board has jeopardized all of this work and undermined our mission and company," the letter reads. "Your conduct has made it clear you did not have the competence to oversee OpenAI."
Remarkably, the letter’s signees include Ilya Sutskever, the company’s chief scientist and a member of its board, who has been blamed for coordinating the boardroom coup against Altman in the first place. By 5:10 pm EST on Monday, some 738 out of OpenAI’s around 770 employees, or about 95 percent of the company, had signed the letter.
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