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Government as a Platform

The irony was not lost on me that I was late for my meeting at Waze, stuck in traffic in Tel Aviv.1 To make matters worse, when I finally did arrive, and I finally did get to asking Gai Berkovich about his company’s ability to grow its free data-sharing program with cities, I seemed to have put my foot in my mouth. “In two years,” I asked, “how many cities will the Connected Citizens Program be in? One hundred?” Waze had gone from zero partners to fifty over the program’s first two years.

“I think that’s the wrong question,” Berkovich replied. “How many cities won’t we be in?”

The Connected Citizens Program (CCP) was an extension of the core Waze navigation product that more than sixty-five million commuters used each ...

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