Report: OpenAI Considering Selling Shares at $86B Valuation

    Report: OpenAI Considering Selling Shares at $86B Valuation
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    The Facts

    • Artificial intelligence (AI) startup OpenAI is reportedly discussing selling existing employees' shares at a valuation of $86B in a transaction known as a tender offer.

    • The firm is reportedly negotiating with potential investors, which means it hasn't finalized allocations and the parameters of the deal could still evolve.

    The Spin

    Narrative A

    Employees at OpenAI have done a great job getting ahead of the AI industry curve and creating a chatbot with hundreds of thousands of users. They deserve to cash in on the company’s success. This offering will also allow OpenAI to attract more talent and compete with bigger tech firms and it's a win-win.

    Narrative B

    Employees at OpenAI shouldn't start spending their windfall just yet. This valuation possibly relies on funding from Middle East-based investors who may not be in a position to contribute in light of the conflict in the region. There are major question marks and OpenAI is still a ways away from its big payday.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 50% chance that around 12.98 million customers will make up the most significant paying customer base of any AI assistant software in 2025, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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