ChatGPT developer OpenAI is in early discussions to raise a new round of funding at a valuation of $100 billion or more.
Investors potentially involved in the fundraising round have been involved in preliminary discussions. Details such as the terms, valuation and timing of the funding round are yet to be determined and could change, the people said. If OpenAI raises the round, it would become the second-most valuable U.S. startup behind only Space Exploration Technologies Corp, according to CBInsights.. (SpaceX) by Elon Musk. The company is set to complete a separate tender offer led by Thrive Capital in early January, which will allow employees to sell their shares at a valuation of $86 billion. OpenAI has also discussed raising financing for new chip manufacturing with G42, which based in Abu Dhabi.
We remind you that 2023 was already quite busy for OpenAI. On November 17, Sam Altman was dismissed from the position of CEO of the company. Later, information appeared that on the eve of the dismissal of Sam Altman from the position of CEO of OpenAI, the company's researchers sent a letter to the board of directors warning about «a powerful discovery in the field of artificial intelligence that may threaten humanity.» It is about an AI project called Q* (pronounced Q -Star), which can allegedly be a breakthrough in the search for the so-called superintelligence.
At the end of November, Sam Altman returned to OpenAI, and a new board of directors was also announced.