Hey Eran! You’re right, and I should have worded that more clearly. More people contribute, but there are more projects than ever before, so fewer contributions per project. In other words, the number of people who now contribute to open source hasn’t caught up with the exponentially higher number of projects that need contributions. I think it also changes the model and expectations of what “success” looks like for open source. Will explore this in a separate post.
And I agree, between VCs and companies I think companies make more sense as a patron of OSS infrastructure because their interests are more clearly aligned.