India's startup world looks for lessons in Sam Altman ouster saga

Shortly after Altman was fired on November 17, veteran Indian entrepreneurs were quick to rebuke the OpenAI board's decision

Sam Altman, OpenAI's co-founder Altman

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Aryaman GuptaPeerzada Abrar New Delhi/Bengaluru
The surprise sacking of OpenAI CEO Sam Altman has turned into a talking point in the corner rooms of Indian startups, spilling over to social media in good measure. 

Shortly after Altman was fired on November 17, founder, Anupam Mittal, in a post on X (formerly Twitter), said: “This is what you get when you try to build disruptive tech with board-run companies and exotic management structures.”

Ashneer Grover, the co-founder of fintech major Bharatpe – who was ousted in 2022 for alleged financial discrepancies—was among those critical of OpenAI’s board. “Sam - I am going through the same things in India. First they come after your role/shares - then they come after you personally…It’s a template now of the startup

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First Published: Nov 21 2023 | 11:22 PM IST

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