Marc Benioff is trying to use X to poach talent from OpenAI, and people are having a field day in the comments

Marc Benioff is trying to use X to poach talent from OpenAI, and people are having a field day in the comments
Salesforce CEO and cofounder Marc BenioffSean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images
  • Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff is trying to get ahead of the race to poach OpenAI's talent.
  • But his pitch is drawing more interest from internet trolls than OpenAI employees.

After the weekend of chaos at OpenAI, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff is eyeing an opportunity for new talent.

In a post on X published Monday, the software company CEO offered immediate employment and matching compensation to any OpenAI researcher interested in joining Salesforce's Einstein Trusted AI research team.

The responses online have ranged from lukewarm to a flat-out cold shoulder to, of course, the inevitable internet snark.

"Lol, like it was ever about compensation," wrote Boris Power, OpenAI's head of applied research, in response to Benioff.

OpenAI researcher Tony Wu also publicly declined the offer, writing on X that he was sticking with Altman until the end.


Benioff also pitched directly to OpenAI worker Steven Heidel — who said he wouldn't use Microsoft Teams even if he made the jump to Microsoft — with an offer to use Slack's messaging tool instead.

And then there are the trolls, some of whom are having a field day with Benioff''s post.

"Hey Marc very generous of you. I was the janitor at OpenAI, total comp $1.2m base + $50m equity," wrote one person. "Looking forward to joining Salesforce!" The comment received 2,200 likes in 10 hours.

"Its kind of like we're living in a real life episode of Silicon Valley," wrote another person.

One person wrote, "I don't work at OpenAI but I've been using ChatGPT for the past week and made a GPT agent that answers all of my wife's texts with a Seinfeld joke. Could I send in my CV for consideration?"


Internet snark aside, what remains to be seen here is how many people are emailing Benioff directly for a job — he shared his email in his original post.

Benioff did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider, sent outside regular business hours.