I was the first venture investor in OpenAI, and the recent weekend drama has only solidified my belief that the wrong boards can be detrimental to companies. Fancy titles like “Director of Strategy at Georgetown’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology” can create a false sense of understanding about the complexities of entrepreneurial innovation. OpenAI’s board members’ religious belief in “effective altruism” could have hindered the progress towards harnessing the tremendous benefits of artificial intelligence. With AI, we have the potential to provide free healthcare to everyone and affordable tutors to every child on the planet. The stakes are high, and it is crucial that founders like Sam Altman lead and execute these visions with focus and determination, taking calculated risks head-on to make a positive impact on society. Despite any challenges or abuses, good founders far outweigh the risks of bad ones in driving innovation forward.