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  • Silicon Valley's elite discuss Altman's removal in covert WhatsApp.
  • Altman overwhelmed by flood of messages post-reinstatement revelation.

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Upon the announcement, the secretive WhatsApp group buzzed fervently as other CEOs sought insight into Sam Altman's downfall. The group, comprising influential figures, ignited discussions, eager to decipher the reasons behind Altman's abrupt exit.

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman's ouster unveils Silicon Valley's secret WhatsApp group of CEOs

OpenAI's recent upheaval, resulting in CEO Sam Altman's dismissal and subsequent reinstatement, brought to light a clandestine WhatsApp group boasting over 100 influential CEOs from Silicon Valley. This revelation emerged amidst the turbulence following Altman's removal, stirring curiosity among industry leaders.

The New York Times disclosed the existence of this exclusive WhatsApp group, counting luminaries like Meta's Mark Zuckerberg and Dropbox's Drew Houston among its members. The group swiftly buzzed with activity post-Altman's ousting, sparking discussions involving high-ranking figures such as Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella and CTO Kevin Scott. Microsoft, a significant investor in OpenAI with a hefty $13 billion stake, found itself blindsided by Altman's abrupt departure, hinting at potential attempts to prevent his removal had they been forewarned.

Upon learning of Altman's dismissal, the WhatsApp chat became a hub for queries, with CEOs clamouring for insights into the situation. Kevin Scott initiated contact with Mira Murati, OpenAI's CTO, seeking clarity about Altman's replacement. Murati remained reticent, prompting Scott to involve CEO Satya Nadella in the loop. Subsequently, the OpenAI board issued a statement citing Altman's alleged lack of transparency in communications as the reason behind his removal, as per a report by the New York Times.

Altman, speaking on Trevor Noah's podcast following his reinstatement, expressed personal dismay at the handling of his ousting. He described the overwhelming flood of messages inundating his phone post-dismissal, leading to technical glitches that rendered his device temporarily unusable. "My phone was just unusable because it was just like notifications non-stop," Altman recounted, shedding light on the chaotic aftermath of his termination.

The convoluted saga surrounding Altman's departure and return as OpenAI's CEO continues to capture industry attention, shedding light on the intricate dynamics and backstage discussions among influential tech leaders.

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