As I said, I don’t even know the guy, nor have I seen any of his stuff (though the name does ring a bell), at least that I’m aware of. However I’ve seen a quite few instances where money has definitely influenced the direction of projects, so the statement as such I can definitely agree with.
While funding projects is fine, it gets worrisome once a single company employs the majority of active developers on a project (or even multiple projects), as then the line between what the companies want and what the community wants basically ceases to exist.
The problem with this on big projects is that “don’t like it, fork it” generally doesn’t work since these project have become too big to effectively fork without corporate backing, though given enough lack of subtlety in pushing the corporate preferences such forks will still happen.
Whether any of these changes were for the better or worse I’ll leave up to the individual to decide, however they were very clearly driven by the needs of corporations that were, at least initially, pushed through entirely by leveraging their “stake” in the projects involved regardless of what the community at large preferred.
In some instances one could argue that they were the way forward anyway, and that the involvement of “money” only accelerated things. However, I’m not sure if corporations getting what they want faster in spite of the community is a good trade off, even if the corporations were right (which most definitely won’t always be the case)