• Ben's Bites
  • Posts
  • Daily Digest: Fastest improving AI product

Daily Digest: Fastest improving AI product

PLUS: Microsoft exits OpenAI's board

Want to get in front of 100k AI enthusiasts? Work with us here

Hello folks, here’s what we have today;

PICKS
  1. Anthropic is shipping 🔥 - bringing two much-needed updates. First, you can now publish and share Artifacts in Claude. Other people can remix shared Artifacts to create their own versions. Second, Anthropic improved its developer console. You can generate advanced prompts, create test suites and evaluate model responses. performance.

  2. Microsoft bows out of OpenAI's boardroom. Microsoft's ditching its non-voting observer role on OpenAI's board, effective immediately. OpenAI is getting rid of the entire concept, which means Apple is also not getting one.🍿Our Summary (also below)

  3. Correction on yesterday’s Health Coach Story: It’s a partnership between OpenAI and Thrive Global. Thrive Capital is a separate organization.

  4. AI leaders meet at HumanX 2025 - the most consequential AI gathering you’ll ever attend.

    Are traditional AI conferences leaving you craving more?

    Enter: HumanX.

    Where the future of AI is defined. Not just discussed. Join AI visionaries from Snowflake, Applied Intuition, Google & more for actionable insights and unparalleled networking. 

    Claim your exclusive $150 discount with code HX25n_bensbites! (sponsor)

TOP TOOLS
NEWS
FUNDING ROUNDS

Too many companies announced funding rounds yesterday. Here’s a quick list:

Unclassifieds - short, sponsored links

QUICK BITES

Looks like Microsoft's taking a step back from OpenAI's inner circle. They're giving up their observer seat on the board, saying they've seen enough progress to feel confident about OpenAI's direction.

What's going on here?

Microsoft's ditching its non-voting observer role on OpenAI's board, effective immediately.

What does this mean?

Microsoft says OpenAI's made "significant progress" in the last 8 months, so they don't need the insider view anymore. This move comes after Microsoft played a key role in bringing Sam Altman back as CEO in November 2023 and reshaping OpenAI's governance. At the time, Microsoft and Satya Nadella were focused on getting some say in how OpenAI operates.

They got some in the form of an observer seat. OpenAI's been busy rebuilding its board since then, adding heavy hitters like Larry Summers and ex-NSA official Paul Nakasone. There was chatter about Apple exec Phil Schiller getting an observer seat, but now OpenAI's scrapping the whole observer concept.

Instead, OpenAI is cooking up a "new approach" to keep strategic partners and investors in the loop, without giving them a seat at the table. These partners like Microsoft and Apple along with big-shot investors like Khosla Ventures and Thrive Capital will now get regular meetings with Sarah Friar, the former Nextdoor boss and now OpenAI’s CFO.

Why should I care?

The media is focused on the antitrust angle. They say this shake-up could mean smoother sailing for both companies. Microsoft dodges potential antitrust headaches, while OpenAI gets to run its ship without Big Tech looking over its shoulder.

But let’s brew some rumours here. OpenAI’s integration with Apple was less than stellar. OpenAI wasn’t getting paid for the integration either. Giving them a board seat would’ve been too much. What if Sam and Uncle Bret (Board chair) scrapped the observer seat system to get rid of this drama? I won’t be surprised.

Ben’s Bites Insights

We have 2 databases that are updated daily which you can access by sharing Ben’s Bites using the link below;

  • All 10k+ links we’ve covered, easily filterable (1 referral)

  • 6k+ AI company funding rounds from Jan 2022, including investors, amounts, stage etc (3 referrals)

Join the conversation

or to participate.