I do understand you’re frustration however I don’t agreed with the arguments.
In my view zcash biggest value lies on the shared development, if it was able to monetize it up to date is a different question, but the fact that market is driven by hype and where cloned projects get bigger attention should make you understand we’re still early.
The development fund is something that keeps raising eyebrows, 99% of crypto to seed funding, allocate 30% to the team, etc. This (our) dev fund at best will be 20% of the entire supply and is public shared, audited and almost half of it is used for possible grants. The quality of grants so far (as was extensively discussed in other threads) is something that will require work to capitalize better grants.
Zcash (as is now) is not programmatically and therefore doesn’t have smart contracts where the majority of hype is, it’s value is in its decentralization, the shielded txs and it’s future interoperability with other chains. The chain consistency, scalability and team relation with other foundations is what can/will drive the adoption.
ZSAs as you mention could be the opposite to what you said, and might be what allows this interoperability possible, it will all depend on how the team will manage the opportunity for zcash holders.