Running with Scissors

OpenAI isn’t just running fast & breaking things—it’s running with scissors. And that could be a major issue in 2024.

An abstract image of scissors

Key Points:

  • OpenAI released a "GPT Store" for user-created GPTs and "ChatGPT Team" for shared team access to ChatGPT.
  • GPTs have flaws—they lack IP protection as their instructions are easily extracted.
  • The GPT Store lets developers "sell" GPTs that can be easily replicated by downloading the instructions but the GPT Store provides no revenue share details, global payments, or effective search/discovery.
  • Some claim the GPT Store is OpenAI's "app store moment" but it lacks basic, expected app store features.
  • As the market moves to valuing workflow integration over raw AI potential, OpenAI's weaknesses could damage its current market leadership.

This week, OpenAI made two significant announcements:

  1. GPT Store: OpenAI released a “store” for user-created GPTs including things like a code tutor from Khan Academy, a scientific research assistant from Consensus, and a long list of specific tools for productivity, writing, programming, education, and more.
  2. ChatGPT Team: Designed for small to medium-sized businesses, ChatGPT Team provides shared access to ChatGPT, including chat threads and custom GPTs. For an extra $5/user, ChatGPT Team also provides admin controls, team management, and data security.

While there is a lot of justified excitement about these announcements, let’s break this down.

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