I often see people in charge of things they have no or very little understanding of, how did they end up in such positions ? By knowing and getting along with the right people, competence is just a bonus in these cases and definitely not a requirement. On the blockchain competence is way harder to evaluate in most cases ( how competent am I at shitposting ? if I would ask 10 people I would probably get 10 different answers ), however knowing the right people remains as valuable.
I don't think whale hunting is as popular as it was 4 years ago but we don't get as many new users as we used to get back then. Even if it's way easier now to get the attention of whales I still prefer to interact mostly with those that make me smile, not because I'm a picky pleb but because I like to have as much fun as I can with the little time I can afford to spend on chain.