Who is Emmett Shear? The interim CEO of OpenAI

The board of OpenAI, the artificial intelligence startup behind ChatGPT, stood by its decision to oust cofounder and CEO Sam Altman.

The company named Emmett Shear, cofounder and former CEO of Twitch, as the new interim CEO, pushing aside Mira Murati, OpenAI executive who was named interim CEO after Altman’s ouster.

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The board said Shear has a “unique mix of skills, expertise and relationships that will drive OpenAI forward,” according to the memo viewed by The New York Times.

“The board firmly stands by its decision as the only path to advance and defend the mission of OpenAI,” said the memo. It was signed by the four directors on the company’s board; Adam D’Angelo, Helen Toner, Ilya Sutskever, and Tasha McCauley.

Here are some things to know about the new interim CEO of OpenAI:

  • Shear cofounded Twitch, a live video streaming platform in 2003.
  • In August 2011, Shear became the CEO of Twitch, which was acquired by ecommerce major Amazon for nearly $1 billion in 2014.
  • He stepped down from the company in March 2023.
  • Shear graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science in 2005.
  • In June 2011, Shear became a part-time partner at Y Combinator.

Altman will not return as CEO of OpenAI despite efforts from the company’s executives to bring him back, The Information reported on Sunday.

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Altman and former OpenAI President Greg Brockman joined executives at the company’s San Francisco headquarters on Sunday after interim CEO Mira Murati told staff she invited Altman.

The board of the company on Friday fired Altman, who to many was the human face of generative AI, sending shock waves across the tech industry.

Brockman had stepped down from the board as chairman as part of the management shuffle, and announced on Friday he quit the company.

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