• Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff is trying to stay ahead of the race for OpenAI talent.
  • However, his proposal is more popular with internet trolls than OpenAI employees.
  • One OpenAI employee wrote in response: “A company that builds tableau will not build AGI.”

After a weekend of chaos at OpenAI, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff sees an opportunity for new talent to emerge.

In an X post published on Monday, the software company’s CEO offered immediate employment and appropriate compensation for any OpenAI researcher interested in joining the Einstein Trusted AI Salesforce research team.

Online reactions ranged from lukewarm to decidedly cold to, of course, the inevitable online snark.

β€œLol, as if it was ever about compensation,” Boris Power, head of applied research at OpenAI, wrote in response to Benioff.

OpenAI researcher Tony Wu also publicly rejected the offer, writing on X that he did I’m sticking with Altman to end.

Benioff also directly approached OpenAI employee Steven Heidel, who has said he would not use Microsoft Teams even if he joined Microsoft, with a proposal to use the messaging tool Slack instead.

Then there are the trolls, some of whom spend their day at work with Benioff’s position.

β€œHey Marc, very generous of you. I was a janitor at OpenAI, total base amount $1.2M + equity $50M,” one person wrote. β€œI can’t wait to join Salesforce!” The comment received 2,200 likes in 10 hours.

It’s kind of like we’re living in a real episode of Silicon Valley,” another person wrote.

One person wrote: β€œI don’t work at OpenAI, but I’ve been using ChatGPT for the past week and created a GPT agent that replies to all my wife’s texts with a Seinfeld joke. Can I submit my CV for consideration?”

Internet jokes aside, it remains to be seen how many people email Benioff directly about jobs – he shared his email in his original post.

Benioff did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment made outside normal business hours.



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