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  • OpenAI likely to withhold board seats from major investors.
  • Doubts persist on Microsoft securing a position in OpenAI's board

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OpenAI may exclude major investors, notably Microsoft, from securing seats on its board, signaling a potential shift in the AI company's governance structure, reported Reuters.

Despite Microsoft's significant backing and extensive integration of OpenAI's technologies into products such as Bing chat and Windows Copilot, doubts loom over the tech giant's immediate prospect of obtaining a board seat.

This development follows the tumultuous exit and subsequent reinstatement of Sam Altman as CEO at OpenAI. Altman, initially ousted from the company, was later rehired to lead, although the reinstatement of his board seat remains uncertain.

Reuters reported a notable absence of discussions around Microsoft's inclusion in OpenAI's board highlights a potential reshaping of relationships within the AI realm. Microsoft's immense investment of over $10 billion and its utilization of OpenAI's innovations underscore a curious disconnect in securing a board position.

Furthermore, other heavyweight investors like Thrive Capital, Sequoia Capital, and Khosla Ventures also find themselves potentially sidelined from board membership, despite their substantial contributions to OpenAI.

In the report, Thomas Hayes, CEO of Great Hill Capital, expressed skepticism about the exclusion, citing Microsoft's influential financial involvement. He emphasized the importance of Microsoft's role in OpenAI, hinting at the unlikelihood of the tech giant remaining passive in this scenario.

As OpenAI's newly formed board has yet to officially convene, speculation remains rife about the company's future governance dynamics. The decision to potentially sideline major backers like Microsoft and other influential entities signifies a pivotal moment that could reshape power dynamics within the AI industry.


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