Who is Sam Altman? From college dropout to creator of OpenAI's chatbot phenomenon ChatGPT

Sam Altman, ChatGPT creator Sam Altman is Silicon Valley’s newest darling The ousted leader of ChatGPT-maker OpenAI is returning to the company that fired him late last week, the latest in a saga that has shocked the artificial intelligence industry. His name is appearing in headlines around the world for his dramatic dismissal from the company he founded, OpenAI. It’s perhaps due to the fact that in the past year, Sam Altman, the father of ChatGPT, has become the hottest face in the world of artificial intelligence, or AI. But his notoriety is nothing new: he has been in Silicon Valley’s spotlight for nearly two decades already. Altman entered the tech world as a fresh college dropout in 2005. In the same vein as Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg, the then twenty-year-old man quit his Stanford University degree in computer science to start a company that allowed users to share their geolocation called Loopt. ‘Now I’m rewarded for creativity, not spelling’: How ChatGPT is helping professionals with dyslexia With no academic commitments and the future of Loopt in his hands, Altman joined the Y Combinator (YC) – a major accelerator of technology start-ups that also helped launch the likes of Airbnb, Reddit, Dropbox and Coinbase – which helped launch him to stardom. Looptd managed to raise over $30 million (€28 million) in venture capital before being widely adopted by the likes of Apple and Blackberry. After seven years, Loopt failed to thrive, and American financial technology and bank holding company, Green Dot Corporation, bought the venture out for over €40 million. San Francisco-based OpenAI said in a statement late Tuesday: “We have reached an agreement in principle for Sam Altman to return to OpenAI as CEO with a new initial board” made of former Salesforce co-CEO Bret […]

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