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OpenAI, the artificial intelligence startup behind the popular language model ChatGPT, is reportedly in talks to sell existing employees’ shares at an astonishing $86 billion valuation. This news has sent ripples through the tech industry, challenging industry giants like SpaceX and ByteDance.

A Leap in Valuation
Potential investors are currently negotiating the transaction, known as a tender offer. The terms have not been finalized and could still change. If successful, this valuation would catapult OpenAI into the ranks of the world’s most valuable privately held companies. It would leapfrog over companies like Stripe and Chinese online retailer Shein, placing it just behind Elon Musk’s SpaceX and TikTok parent ByteDance.

Leadership and Ownership
OpenAI, with a 49% ownership by Microsoft Corp., is led by CEO Sam Altman and President Greg Brockman. Sam Altman, a tech industry notable, previously headed Y Combinator, a startup accelerator, before joining OpenAI.

Revenue Projections
OpenAI is on track to generate $1 billion of annual revenue as businesses adopt its technology. This projection was reported by Bloomberg in August. The company’s primary revenue driver is ChatGPT, a language model that has found widespread use in various applications.

A Potential Share Sale
Last month, the Wall Street Journal reported that OpenAI was discussing a potential share sale that would value the startup at $80 billion to $90 billion. The current talks of selling shares at an $86 billion valuation fall within this range.

Insiders View
The news of OpenAI’s potential share sale comes at a time when AI technology is reshaping various industries. The staggering valuation underscores the immense potential investors see in AI technology and its ability to revolutionize numerous sectors. As we await further details on this development, one thing is clear: OpenAI has firmly established itself as a formidable player in the global tech industry.

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