| Nov. 20, 2023 12:15 PM PST
Photo: Left to right: Emmett Shear, interim CEO of OpenAI; Nat Friedman, former CEO of GitHub; Alex Wang, co-founder and CEO of Scale AI. Photos via Getty and Erin Beach.
Before Emmett Shear accepted the Interim CEO role at OpenAI, the board offered it to Nat Friedman, the former CEO of Microsoft-owned GitHub and a prolific investor in artificial intelligence startups, as well as Alex Wang, co-founder and CEO of Scale AI, according to people familiar with the matter. Both declined the offer, the people said.
The refusals show the challenges facing OpenAI’s board in finding a new leader following the board's Friday firing of OpenAI co-founder Sam Altman, which set off a string of senior resignations. Late Sunday, OpenAI co-founder and chief scientist Ilya Sutskever said Altman would not be reinstated, as some employees wanted, and that Shear, co-founder of Amazon-owned video streaming site Twitch, would take over as Interim CEO.