OpenAI CEO Sam Altman Reveals in Bill Gates Podcast: Slack, Not ChatGPT, Takes Top Spot as His Most-Used App

OpenAI's ChatGPT mobile app has achieved a remarkable milestone, surpassing 110 million downloads globally since its launch in November 2022. The artificial intelligence chatbot has become an integral part of daily life for millions of users. However, in a recent interview with Bill Gates on the Unconfuse Me podcast, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman disclosed that despite the app's popularity, it is not the most reached-for application on his phone.

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Altman surprised listeners by revealing that his most-used app is Slack, a workplace communication tool. "I wish I could say ChatGPT… and way more than email. The only thing that I was thinking possibly was iMessages, but yes, I use Slack more than that... I'm on Slack all day," Altman stated. This revelation sheds light on the practicality of communication tools in professional settings.

Gates, on the other hand, shared that his most-used app is Microsoft Outlook, emphasizing his preference for traditional email communication or using the browser. Altman explained that he relies on Slack extensively for coordinating work with his colleagues at OpenAI, which has grown to employ around 500 individuals.

Despite the app's immense popularity, his preference for Slack underscores the significance of efficient communication tools in a professional environment. The conversation also delved into OpenAI's evolution, highlighting its transition from a nonprofit research lab, founded eight years ago by Altman and Elon Musk, to a for-profit entity.

OpenAI's foray into the business realm has proven successful, with an annualized revenue surpassing $1.6 billion in 2023, as reported by The Information in December. Altman acknowledged the company's maturity, stating that it is "an older company than average," with employees spanning various age groups.

Reflecting on the changing dynamics of tech companies, Altman and Gates discussed the trend of founders being older than in the early days of Microsoft and Apple. Altman, who previously served as the president of startup incubator Y Combinator, noted that OpenAI deviated from conventional startup advice, taking 4.5 years to launch its first product.

While Altman does not necessarily recommend this approach for most companies, he emphasized that understanding the rules allowed OpenAI to break them strategically. The conversation provided insights into his diverse experiences, ranging from Y Combinator to steering OpenAI into a leading position in the AI landscape.

As ChatGPT continues to make waves with its impressive download numbers, Altman's revelations offer a glimpse into the intricate workings of both OpenAI and the mind of its CEO in the ever-evolving tech landscape.