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We have an upcoming Open Dialog hangout on the 1st July between 4 and 5 pm. The topic is Smart Cities – Learnings from India Stack. This Open Dialog will be moderated by Ranga Raj https://in.linkedin.com/in/rangaraj and the panelists are Pramod Varma https://in.linkedin.com/in/pramodkvarma and Sanjay Jain https://in.linkedin.com/in/snjyjn

Digital Platforms such as the India Stack provide a framework for the digital transformation of the government as well as various other industries. The business model of governments will need to progressively be based on shared capabilities, enabled by utility technology and web-based infrastructure. This will create radical disruption of the market, opening up opportunities for innovation and investment by citizens, public, private, and third sectors alike unleashing unprecedented innovation, efficiency, and savings.

As we move towards a Digital India and with India Stack, there are some good learnings and best practices of how these could be applied to a right approach to smart cities.

Quoting Vincente Guallart (The self-sufficient city) - "Internet has changed our lives, but it has not changed our cities yet”.

The City governments today need to be:
resilient in front of extreme environmental conditions (food, climate, energy etc.)
competitive in emerging markets for resource, economic activity, talent and capital
responsive to flows of people and again population
proactive in conceiving radical changes in urban planning to minimize inequalities
transparent with open data platforms to accelerate innovation
forward-thinking by empowering citizens to actively participate in city governance
Yet, current approaches by vendors, consultants and system integrators run into the following roadblocks while implementing smart city systems:
No common language, data, architectures
No systematic and inter-operable framework to hold the city solution space together
No unifying force to integrate the work of the many (such as solution providers, cities, research institutes, NGOs and many city centered groups etc.)
This Open Dialog will discuss how the learnings India Stack can be applied as a guiding principle of how governments should approach smart cities in India.
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OK. Let me be completely politically incorrect here.
If the woman responded as the writer here suggests, she DEFINITELY would not have got Angel funding.
The investor IS focused on his/her ROI and would try to suss out as many risks as possible. This is definitely a risk from the business perspective as the woman will not be available full time for a period of time and the Investor is right to be concerned how the business will run during this period.
The right thing to do is to have an backup plan in place for the down-time because of the pregnancy.
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