Sustainability of open-source projects

Hi,

We have many tech-based startups emerging in myriad domains in recent times, though very few makes their source-code / process open. This makes me wonder if there are other systemic models to encourage open-source design of projects beyond support by patrons.

  • How does one go about pitching a new tech startup to make their design/ technology open? Does obscure tech really give one competitive advantage?

  • How does the development of free and open source projects generally supported?

  • Do we have examples of institutional model to support and encourage free and open source projects?

Thanks!

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