Governance & Finance


Cities to live in was born in order to confront the many challenges that cities are currently facing, such us climate change, transport issues, energy production or the need to create shared cities.

From startup to scaleup: moving towards a new business approach

Author | Diana Pardo Over the last decade, markets and investors have focused on startups, newly established tech companies. Financed with venture capital, they pursue very specific products and services to meet a requirement that has not yet been covered. However, in reality, their explosive growth entails significant risks. Few startups ...
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Startups: Ask for permission or beg for forgiveness?

Author | Esther Fuldauer Governments are eager to make cities become innovation hubs, a version of a Silicon Valley. But attracting and being home to the most disruptive startups can be tricky. Having to regulate for all parties, who will they support: the incumbent industry platforms, the disruptive new comers, communities? Regulations ...
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The sustainable urbanisation value chain

Author | Pablo Vaggione The importance of cities as a foremost development topic of the hour has been recognised in the several global agendas that have been endorsed by national governments since 2015.  The Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, a global vision and a landmark commitment subscribed by both developed and ...

Social score system: A tool to oppress or reward citizens?

Author |David Bravo Some of the goals of smart cities include coordinated emergency management, traffic optimisation or creating infrastructures based on citizens’ needs. In short, for public entities to enhance social harmony through technology. An example of these policies is the social credit score system being implemented by the Chinese government. The ...
Entrevista a Pablo Soto

Pablo Soto, regional representative of Transparency and Participation in Madrid: “Technology should be used to enhance institutions”

Author | Marcos Martínez The urban government concept has changed in recent decades, and technology has played an important part in terms of connecting citizens with the different city councils. Today, cities around the world are promoting citizen participation and part of their budget is being managed based on policies put ...