Can You Invest In OpenAI’s ChatGPT?

| June 8, 2023

Depending on who you are, AI is about to change everything all at once or nothing at all. Since the release of art-bot AIs like DALL-E and chatbot AIs like ChatGPT, some observers have rushed to dub this the dawn of a new age. Occasional enthusiasts have literally compared the invention of AI to the industrial revolution or even the invention of agriculture itself.

On the other end of the spectrum, skeptics have dismissed the current generation of artificial intelligence as little more than a digital party trick. These writers have rushed to point out every mistake made by the nascent, still-in-beta products as proof that the underlying technology is irredeemably flawed.

As a threshold level, you cannot invest in ChatGPT. ChatGPT is the big name in AI at time of writing, although the field is moving so quickly that may no longer be the case by the time you read this. It is a software package produced and owned by OpenAI, which is a private company based in San Francisco.

If you are an accredited investor, it’s theoretically possible that you could buy an ownership stake in OpenAI by purchasing privately held shares. But their investor list includes some of Silicon Valley’s most influential billionaires, so it might take an eight-figure check to even get someone returning your calls. If that is your profile, though, you are most likely better off investing through one of the venture capital firms that own a stake in OpenAI, including Sequoia Capital or Andreessen Horowitz.

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