As the first venture investor in OpenAI, I witnessed firsthand the damage that can be caused by the wrong board. Fancy titles like “Director of Strategy at Georgetown’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology” can create a false sense of understanding when it comes to the complex process of entrepreneurial innovation.
OpenAI’s board members, with their focus on “effective altruism,” may have misapplied their religion and set back the world’s progress towards the tremendous benefits of artificial intelligence. Imagine a world where doctors are available to everyone for free and tutors are accessible to every child on the planet. That’s what we stand to gain from AI.
The best companies are those that are led and executed by their founding entrepreneurs, who put everything on the line to challenge the status quo and make the world a better place. While things may go wrong and abuse may occur, the benefits of good founders far outweigh any risks they take. Sam Altman is an example of such a founder who faces risk head-on while remaining focused on making a positive impact in the world.