Sam Altman is an American entrepreneur and the CEO of OpenAI, a research organization focused on developing safe and beneficial artificial general intelligence (AGI). He was born on April 22, 1985, in St. Louis, Missouri.
Altman has a strong background in technology and startups. In 2005, he co-founded Loopt, a location-based social networking app that was acquired by Green Dot Corporation in 2012. After the acquisition, Altman became the president of the mobile division at Green Dot.
In 2014, Altman joined Y Combinator (YC), a prominent startup accelerator, as a part-time partner. YC provides funding and mentorship to early-stage companies and has helped launch successful startups such as Airbnb, Dropbox, and Reddit. Altman became known for his mentorship and support of YC companies.
In 2016, Altman was named the president of Y Combinator, succeeding YC’s co-founder, Sam Altman. During his tenure, he expanded YC’s resources and programs, including the launch of YC Continuity Fund, which provided follow-on funding for YC alumni.
In March 2019, Altman announced that he would step down as president of Y Combinator to focus on OpenAI. He became the CEO of OpenAI, taking over from Elon Musk. Altman has been vocal about the importance of developing AGI safely and ensuring its benefits are broadly distributed.
Under Altman’s leadership, OpenAI has continued to advance the field of artificial intelligence research while emphasizing ethical considerations and responsible development. OpenAI has also launched notable projects like GPT-3, a large language model that has demonstrated impressive language generation capabilities.
Altman is recognized as a prominent figure in the technology and startup ecosystem. He has spoken on various topics related to entrepreneurship, AI, and the future of technology at conferences and events. His contributions to the field of artificial intelligence and his efforts to promote its responsible development have earned him respect and recognition within the industry.