GABA eNews )
  February 2005 
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  • GABA Events in February
  • GABA Co-Sponsored Events
  • New/Renewing Members
  • GABA News
  • Member News
  • Member Job Board
  • GABA Affiliates
  • GABA Industry Groups

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    GABA's monthly eNewsletter features information about German-American business in California and Germany, information about our membership network, and business opportunities.







    GABA Events in February
    GABA-CA: Bay Area Stammtisch
    Wednesday, February 16th, 7 pm
    Teskes-Germania Restaurant (back room), 255 N. First Street @ Devine, San Jose
    Gunther Hofmann hosts this monthly meeting for casual conversation and the chance to expand your network. No RSVP needed; free to attend. For directions, call (408) 441-7387 or visit www.teskes- germania.com.

    GABA-CA Main February Event
    FlyNet: The First Wireless Internet in the Sky
    Thursday, February 17th, 6-9 pm
    SAP Labs, 3410 Hillview Avenue, Building D, Palo Alto, CA 94304
    GABA-CA, Lufthansa and connexion by Boeing (SM) cordially invite you to a special evening with fellow VP level business professionals, to learn about FlyNet high-speed in-flight connectivity for business executives, and participate in a live connectivity demonstration with an on-flight executive passenger. Attendees will receive discount vouchers for Boeing's High-Speed In-Flight Connectivity service. Limited seating; RSVPs required by Feb 10th to events@gaba-ca.org or (415) 217-6945. Members attend free.

    GABA-Hamburg: Stammtisch
    Friday, February 18th, 7 pm
    Hamburg Business Club, Oberstr. 14, Hamburg
    As Holger Ritter will be visiting California, this month's Stammtisch meeting will be hosted by Ruediger Fajen, GABA-Hamburg's Vice Chair, and directly follows a workshop focusing on corporate entry into the US market (see "Co-Sponsored Events" for details). Rudy can be contacted directly at r.fajen@ifas-ag.com, Tel. +49-40- 415 224 86.

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    GABA Co-Sponsored Events
    German Mixer
    Wednesday, February 2nd, 7-10 pm
    Location TBD
    German Mixer is a private and professional networking event for the German-speaking community in Orange County. No- host bar, free admission. RSVP with name, company and contact info to claudia@GermanMixer.com.

    The CalTrade Report: Global California - Expanding Opportunities
    Thursday, February 10th, 8 am - 3 pm
    GABA President Linda Kotzot will speak at the CalTrade Report's third annual Global California Conference (http://www.tradeport.org/global -california-conference-2005/) on Feb 10th in Oakland, CA. She will present on Panel 1: Pulling SMEs Into the Free Trade Loop, together with international businesspeople from around California, gathering to discuss economic and global California issues.

    Situational Marketing and Next Step: Series of International Workshops
    Friday, February 18th, 5-7 pm
    Hamburger Business Club, Oberstraße 14c, 20144 Hamburg
    GABA-Hamburg and affiliate Hamburg@Work are sponsoring Situational Marketing, Inc, and Next Step LLC for this first in a series of international workshops designed to help international companies prepare for their entry into the US market. For more details and contact info, please visit www.gaba- ca.org/events_current.The workshop will be followed directly by GABA-Hamburg's monthly Stammtisch.

    GABA's event calendar... »

    New/Renewing Members
    Premium Corporate Member
    MaCS, Inc. - www.macs- us.com
    Headquartered in Munich, Germany, and with subsidiaries in San Francisco and London, MaCS (Marketing-Communication-Services for Europe) assists high-tech companies with PR, lead generation programs, localization, website development, and event management.

    Extended Corporate Members
    Haeckl & Partner - www.HaecklUndPartner.de
    Wellington Partners Venture Capital GmbH - www.wellington.de

    Basic Corporate Member
    Law Offices of Bruce Janigian - www.janigian.com

    Individual Members
    Ms. Karin Geissel
    Mr. Markus Guehrs
    Mr. Harald Hamster
    Mr. Claas Heise
    Mr. Stafford Hemmer
    Mr. Christopher Krueger
    Ms. Levenka H. Morris
    Ms. Anne-Frauke Schulz
    Mr. Matthias Spaenle
    Mr. Dieter Tede

    Student member
    Ms. Stacey Lang

    Volunteer Supporters
    Ms. Sandra Boehmerle
    Mr. Torsten Prellwitz

    For information on how to become a GABA Member, or to sign up online, please visit: www.gaba- ca.org/members.html or contact membership@gaba-ca.org

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    GABA News
    At January's main GABA event, GABA members Spaten West and Merk Investments discussed entrepreneurial and economic challenges posted by the strong Euro. Axel Merk, President of Merk Investments, has published a follow- up analysis at http://www.merkinvestments.co m/html/Publications.html which discusses how US policies fostering a weaker Dollar continue to be firmly in place.

    Member News
    Patron member Lufthansa introduces FlyNet (R), which allows its passengers with a wireless laptop to access a portal of useful travel information, the Internet, and even personal work e-mails. Lufthansa now offers FlyNet from San Francisco to Munich three times a week, in March five times a week and daily from the beginning of April. For more information on FlyNet, click here or visit www.lufthansa- usa.com.

    Patron member Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP (a U.S. law firm) has combined resources with the English firm Nicholson Graham & Jones on Jan. 1st 2005 to become Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham LLP. K&LNG, the product of one of the largest Anglo- American legal combinations in history, comprises approximately 1,000 legal professionals who practice from ten U.S. offices and one in London, and who serve the needs of their clients no matter where those needs arise. For more information, please visit their new website at www.klng.com.

    Patron member accessio, a Newport Beach based marketing and distribution company, has taken the exclusive distribution of German based C:EHKO hair products, which will be now available for the first time in North America. accessio is currently looking for select distributors in North America, as well as independent sales representatives in California. Interested parties please contact Boris von Bormann at (714) 368-7564, or email info@cehko- usa.com.

    In January 2005, GABA Board Member and Munich Chapter Chair Jörg Sperling founded Altos Advisors (http://altosadvisors.com/), a Europe-based sales and business development accelerator, with clients primarily later-stage US companies targeting European customers and channel partners; focus on the broadband Industry (wire line and wireless).


    Your company news in GABA's eNews! Please send details (company name, hyperlink/contact for more info, and description of relevance to German- American communities/business to cseebode@gaba-ca.org by the 20th of the previous month for consideration.

    Member Job Board
    Extended Corporate member Wellington Partners Venture Capital GmbH is representing a munich- based portfolio company looking for a Chief Technology Officer/VP Technology, who will be responsible for 30+ staff. The successful candiate must have 3+ years experience in a leading position in an IT environment, be fluent in English, and have permission to live and work in Germany. For more information and to apply, please send your CV to Sabine Scherer at recruiting@wellington.de.

    GABA Affiliates

    GABA aligns with non-profit organizations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, California and beyond to encourage international business, trade, and foster transatlantic knowledge-share.

    American Council on Germany (www.acgusa.org)
    British American Business Council Northern California (www.babcsf.org).
    California Association of Germany (www.caog.de)
    French-American Chamber of Commerce (www.faccsf.com)
    German Mixer (www.GermanMixer.com)
    Hamburg@Work (www.hamburg-media.net)
    Monterey Bay International Trade Association (www.mbita.org)
    Silicon Valley Association for Startup Entrepreneurs, International Chapter (SVASEi) (www.svase.org/international )
    Silicon Valley - China Wireless Technology Association (www.svcwireless.org)
    Silicon Valley RFID Group (www.groups.yahoo.com/group/s v_rfid)
    Silicon Valley Center for International Trade Development (SVCITD) (www.svcitd.org)
    Women's Calendar (www.womenscalendar.org)

    GABA Industry Groups

    GABA's industry groups (IG) provide resources and networking opportunities specific to each industry:

    Life Sciences IG
    Dedicated to enabling and fostering alliance networks between German and US life science companies, such as the 2003 launch of BioSwap, a non-profit partnering facilitator established to successfully enable companies to advance innovative Biotech solutions to market. Visit www.gaba- ca.org/bioswap.html for more information.

    Semiconductor - IT IG
    Germany and the US are two of the leading manufacturers and consumers of semiconductors, with exciting opportunities for business development and exchange of knowledge, to build on existing relationships and shape new ones. Visit www.gaba- ca.org/semiconductor.html for more information.

    Telecommunications IG
    Dedicated to facilitating business, trade, and exchange between Californian and German companies in the areas of fixed and mobile communication and digital media, educating members of the business community on both sides of the Atlantic in telecom and communication-related topics, and deepening the understanding among them about the state and development of the markets in Europe and the U.S. More information coming soon to www.gaba- ca.org/telecom.html.

    Media & Entertainment IG
    Activities and events supporting the Californian and German media and entertainment industries.

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