Only a few days have passed since OpenAI’s shocking decision to remove former CEO Sam Altman, and his successor has already been announced.
Following a week of conjecture and conjecture, Emmett Shear, the ex-co-founder and CEO of Twitch, declared he will assume the CEO position at presumably the most well-known AI startup globally.
Shear said he received a call from the corporation asking him to take over as interim CEO in an early Monday post on X, and he had accepted “after consulting with my family and pondering on it for just a few hours”.
It happens after Altman, who oversaw OpenAI’s creation of the enormously successful generative AI chatbot ChatGPT, departed following pressure to resign from the board.
It’s unknown why he left, but several insiders had voiced concerns that Altman wasn’t the perfect match for the business. Concerns were raised about the possibility that his involvement in Worldcoin, an eye-scanning tech business, acted as a distraction.
Emmett Shear: who is he?
Though most people are unaware of him, Shear is a well-known figure in Silicon Valley.
Shear made Twitch, the live-streaming platform he co-founded in 2007 with Justin Kan, Michael Seibel, and Kyle Vogt, into a global sensation by taking it from its humble beginnings as a 24/7 broadcast of Kan’s life.
Shear left Twitch as CEO last year, after Twitch was purchased by Amazon in 2014 for $1 billion.
He had to deal with hostilities from streamers who felt the platform wasn’t standing up for them while he was employed there. Due to YouTube’s lucrative exclusive broadcasting partnerships, it found itself embroiled in a heated talent war with rival Twitch, luring several prominent personalities from the platform.
Shear joined Y Combinator, the startup accelerator, as a partner following his resignation from the streaming service. Prior to joining Y Combinator, Altman served as president.