Destroying traditional industries
Ripping off copyright holders
Leveraging unhealthy monopolies
Invading personal privacy and raping personal reputations.
E+Europe can help. Founded by an experienced Brussels hand William Echikson, former Google senior policy manager and former Dow Jones Brussels Bureau Chief, it is the sole agency in the European Union capital devoted to serving Internet companies, with both communications and policy advice.
E+Europe helps navigate the corridors of the European Union, overcome obstacles and implement press and government affairs campaigns.
Our goal is to help change the negative perception of the Internet with European Union leaders. According to McKinsey, the Internet was responsible for 21% of GDP growth in developed countries from 2005-2010. High-tech jobs are good for workers and the wider economy. For each high tech job created, a recent KU Leuven study showed that four non high-tech jobs are generated. Better yet, high-tech jobs pay better and higher wage growth than non tech ones.
Oh yes, we almost forgot - a side speciality is sports manager. Former partner Samuel Echikson played as an amateur for the Belgian National Team and now competes on the European Challenge Tour. E+Europe manages his career. Intern Elisabeth Bernabe was a member of the Yale Women’s Golf Team and played in the European Championship during the summer of 2015.
BRUSSELS – Many European politicians praise the Internet. Unfortunately, their lofty rhetoric often rings hollow. While calling for a strong digital agenda in one breath, the same politicians, supported by protectionist interests at home, often argue for putting a brake on the Internet’s “disruption” by imposing strict new regulation.
BRUSSELS—When my son Samuel fell in love with golf, he faced an identity crisis. Raised in Belgium by American and Finnish parents, he was potentially eligible to represent any of three countries.
SEATTLE – California may be the world’s largest and best-known technology hub, but it is not alone in fostering innovative startups. In fact, such firms are emerging – almost unnoticed – everywhere, from Asian megalopolises like Singapore and Shanghai to small European cities like Espoo in Finland and Dwingeloo in the Netherlands.
William Echikson is founder and director of E+Europe, a Brussels-based consultancy specializing in communications and policy support to technology companies and public authorities on Internet policy issues in Europe. He is also Associate Senior Fellow and Head of the Digital Forum at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels.
Before founding E+Europe, Mr. Echikson worked for six and a half years at Google in Brussels. He ran corporate communications for Europe, Middle East and Africa, launched the company's Europe blog and led its efforts around data center government affairs and Internet freedom issues.
Before Google, Mr. Echikson served for three decades as a foreign correspondent in Europe for a series of US publications including the Christian Science Monitor, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, and BusinessWeek. From 2001 until 2007, he managed the Brussels bureau for Dow Jones as bureau chief.
William also has written, directed and produced for television documentaries for BBC and America's Public Broadcasting Service. He has published four books of narrative nonfiction, including works on the collapse of communism in Central Europe and the history of the Bordeaux wine region.
An American and Belgian citizen, he graduated from Yale College with a Magna Cum Laude degree in history.
Samuel Echikson is a designer, computer programmer and professional golfer. When he is off the fairways, he is responsible for E+Europe’s publications. He represented Belgium at the 2014 European Golf Championships in Finland and the 2014 World Amateur Championships in Japan. He now competes on the European Challenge Tour. Before returning to Brussels, he graduated from Davidson College in May, 2014 with a degree in studio art.
Tyler Mikulis is a History and Political Science Double Major at Yale University. He is part of the Yale Bulldogs in Brussels program.
Elisabeth Bernabe is an Economics and Political Science Double Major at Yale University. She leads the Yale Women’s golf team and played in the U.S. Women’s Open.