With over 95% of OpenAI's employees ready to quit and follow Sam Altman to Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT), the company is now trying to unify and keep its flock together. This comes as rivals are actively trying to poach OpenAI talent.
What Happened: The open rebellion by OpenAI employees is now almost unanimous – 747 out of 770 employees have publicly come out and said they will quit if the company's board does not bring back co-founder and former CEO Altman.
The company's board is in "intense discussions" to unify the staff, according to an internal memo seen by Bloomberg. While stating that these discussions could drag out, OpenAI's Vice President of Global Affairs, Anna Makanju, said, "Know that we have a plan that we are working towards."
Even amidst this chaos, though, OpenAI's former leadership team, including Altman, CTO Mira Murati, COO Brad Lightcap, and others, have been posting messages of unity and love amongst the OpenAI team – including both former and existing colleagues.