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In our new entrepreneurial life, we meet a lot of people working in the smart city industry and only a minority are fully aware to what extend politics matter for their business. A lot of smart city actors are very tech-driven and are convinced a technically solid product is all it takes to succeed while they fail to question their solution’s compatibility with public sector requirements or simply mayors’ policy objectives.
So politics matter hugely for smart city actors, and here are the four main reasons why:
which does not tackle an urgent problem.
to missed opportunities.
to build smart cities (India, UAE, etc. ).
Understanding how they work and what they need is crucial.
That is why understanding politics and policy priorities is key.