- 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.
“Lol, as if it was ever about compensation,” Boris Power, head of applied research at OpenAI, wrote in response to Benioff.
Lol as if it was ever about compensation. We got >95% in less than 24 hours and compensation never even crossed my mind!
Can you give us 700 of our amazing colleagues and maybe we’ll give in 🚀
— Borys Moc (@BorisMPower) November 20, 2023
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.
listen, I love Slack, but a tableau company isn’t going to build AGI
— Steven Heidel (@stevenheidel) November 20, 2023
Then there are the trolls, some of whom spend their day at work with Benioff’s position.
“Hey Marc, very generous of you. I was a janitor at OpenAI, total base amount $1.2M + equity $50M,” one person wrote. “I can’t wait to join Salesforce!” The comment received 2,200 likes in 10 hours.
Hey Marc, very generous of you. I was a janitor at OpenAI, total base $1.2M + equity $50M
I’m excited to join Salesforce!
— No Jim Cramer (@CramerTracker) November 20, 2023
“It’s kind of like we’re living in a real episode of Silicon Valley,” another person wrote.
It’s kind of like we’re living in a real episode of Silicon Valley
— Boring_Business (@BoringBiz_) November 20, 2023
One person wrote: “I 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?”
Hey Marc, I don’t work at OpenAI, but I’ve been using ChatGPT for the last week and I’ve created a GPT agent that replies to all my wife’s texts with a Seinfeld joke.
Can I submit my CV for consideration?
— Trung Phan (@TrungTPhan) November 20, 2023
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.