Give OpenAI’s Board Some Time

Eric Newcomer:

My understanding is that some members of the board genuinely felt Altman was dishonest and unreliable in his communications with them, sources tell me. Some members of the board believe that they couldn’t oversee the company because they couldn’t believe what Altman was saying. And yet, the existence of a nonprofit board was a key justification for OpenAI’s supposed trustworthiness.


Altman had been given a lot of power, the cloak of a nonprofit, and a glowing public profile that exceeds his more mixed private reputation.

He lost the trust of his board. We should take that seriously.

This is the most nuanced and careful interpretation of this weekend’s high-level corporate drama I have read so far.