Former Salesforce Co-Chief Executive Officer Bret Taylor had a challenging 2022. In addition to stepping down from the CRM company, he also served as board chairman of Twitter during its contentious takeover by billionaire Elon Musk. He personally oversaw the negotiations of the $44 billion deal and led the suit to enforce the sale after Musk tried to back out. There were also rumored behind-the-scenes conflicts between him and Marc Benioff, Salesforce’s founder and full-time CEO. Now, Taylor is ready to put the year behind him and return to his entrepreneurial roots by joining the artificial intelligence (AI) bandwagon with a new startup.
Taylor hopes to ride the growing wave of AI-based solutions that look to inevitably change the technology landscape — and the world, in general. He is teaming up with Clay Bavor, the current vice president of Google’s Labs, the company’s experimental division, who plans to leave his post in March 2023. The duo has yet to announce a specific mission or product, but with the massive popularity of OpenAI’s ChatGPT and DALL-E generative AI platforms, the market for AI is growing. Recently, Microsoft announced a $10 billion investment in OpenAI and plans to incorporate its technologies into its search engine, Bing.