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August 2009
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The GABA Chapter in Southern California is organizing a unique event at the Laserium in Hollywood on August 17th. Be among the first to see the latest laser light show technology set to music by Pink Floyd, plus a presentation on the recent discovery of new planets.

Caroline Raynaud,
Executive Director


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GABA Events

GABA Socal: Future of the Universe
August 18, 2009, 07:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Laserium Cyber Theater, 6321 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
Dr. Charles Baltay, Higgins Professor of Physics and Astronomy, and Chairman of Physics Department at Yale University will speak about the growing universe.


Bay Area Stammtisch San Jose
August 19, 2009, 07:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Teskes-Germania Restaurant, 255 N. First Street at Devin, San Jose
Join us for GABA's monthly casual get-together. No RSVP needed; free to attend.


Silicon Valley Wireless Economic Development Summit
August 20, 2009, 6 pm - 9 pm (reception), August 21 (full day)
Microsoft Conference Center, 1065 La Avenida Street Building 1, Mountain View
Network with top government and state agencies, industry leaders, investors, venture capitalist and others to join hands and implement a new outlook and vision for innovations in Silicon Valley.

GABA Summer Party 2009
August 22, 2009, 03:00 pm - 06:00 pm
Rinconada Park, Palo Alto
Let's celebrate with our whole GABA family: members, volunteers, board members and co-chairs. Please bring your partner/family to this fun event.


European Networking Event in San Francisco
August 27, 2009, 6 pm - 8 pm
Carroll Burdick & McDonough, 44 Montgomery Street, Suite 400, San Francisco
Mingle with entrepreneurs, VC's and a range of professionals involved in cross-border business in a relaxed atmosphere.


Visit GABA's online event calendar for more information and to register!


Co-Sponsored Events

SVASE Event: Raising Capital for Early Stage Startups
August 6, 2009, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Campus, 950 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto
Is innovative technology still the engine that drives differentiation and competitive advantage for startups, and is it enough to cause VCs and angels to reach for their wallets? Join the panel for a discussion of current funding trends. Reduced affiliates price for GABA members: $29.


MOBILITY 2030: Transportation Technologies Lifestyles of the Future
August 18, 2009
Mission Bay Conference Center, Fisher Banquet Room, 1675 Owens Street, San Francisco
This full day event, organized by the German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc., California Branch, with the Volkswagen Group of America as main sponsor, will take a closer look at future transportation scenarios focusing on policy, energy, technolgy, mobility and society demands. This event is free of charge, but registration is required.

Summit on CleanTech Law and the New Energy Policy
September 18, 2009, 9 am - 5 pm
Southwestern Law School, 3050 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles
This event will explore CleanTech developments at the local, state, and federal levels, and examine renewable energy models from other countries such as Germany and Spain. The registration fee for the entire event is $195 until September 10. Members of GABA are entitled to a $20 discount.



New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate:
Montage Services, Inc.
New Century Capital Partners (new)

Basic Corporate:
Pet Express Animal Transport
WINHELLER Attorneys at Law

Individual Members:
Vinod Doddamani (new)
Kathrin Hampe (new)
David Hirson
Beate Janke
Stefan Mengert (new)
Hartmut Schittko (new)

Student Members:
Stefan Bolowich

For more information on how to become a GABA Member, contact membership@gaba-network.org, or visit our website to sign up online.


GABA Inside


Record Attendance At Online and Mobile Video Event in Southern California
On June 30th, GABA and UCLA hosted an exciting panel discussion about online and mobile video with an audience of over 160 people. Content monetization was the hot topic as Brett Brewer (Myspace Co-Founder and President of Adknowledge), Curt Marvis (President, Digital Media at Lionsgate), Mark Suster (Partner, GRP Venture Partners ), Frank Chindama (President, Fun Little Movies), Scott Bushman (VP Content, Metacafe) and Michael Metzger (VP, New Century Capital Partner) shared different approaches. A short recap of the discussion can be found here.

New Communications & Mobile Co-Chair
Claus Bauer, Ph.D. is a research manager at Dolby Laboratories, Inc. in San Francisco. His responsibilities include technology scouting and the exploration of new business models for emerging technologies. Prior to Dolby, Claus worked for Tellabs, Boston, and Siemens, Munich. Claus graduated with a Ph.D in mathematics from the University of Freiburg, Germany, and was a visiting scholar at Shandong University, China.


Member News

Insights on Taxation From Royse Law Firm
Entities organized in Germany that conduct business in the United States should consider the potential impact of U.S. taxation under the United States Internal Revenue Code. This link provides an overview of U.S. taxation of effectively connected income and business profits, earnings stripping interest payments, and transfer pricing principals.

Porsche Design Store Promotion for GABA Members
The Porsche Design Store in Beverly Hills is excited to offer this unique promotion to the members of the German American Business Association: Save 15% on selected radios, sunglasses as well as on the Adidas Sport Collection, and more superbly designed creations of the Porsche Design Studio. For inquiries, please contact +1 310 205 0095 or beverlyhills@store.porschedesign.com. This offer is valid until August 13th, 2009.

Sixt Received 2009 World's Best Award
The international tourism magazine Travel + Leisure named Sixt the best car rental company worldwide because of ist overall service standards. "The award documents that we have accomplished a brand recognition in the U.S. after only two years", comments Alexander Rahe, Executive Vice President North America. GABA members receive special conditions on rental cars from Sixt when booking over this link.

Watch Repair Services and Antique Restauration
Swiss Timepieces watch repair service also offers antique restoration and servicing of ROLEX, Omega, Oris, Rado, Tag Heuer, Baume & Mercier, Audemars Piquet and Patek Philippe watches. Contact info@swisstimepieces.com or +1 415-381-1081.

German Kitchen Brand With Exclusive Offering in the U.S.
Poggenpohl U.S., Inc. now offers design services at no cost on the Porsche Design Kitchen. To learn more about this and other well engineered kitchen styles, visit their Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles.


News from the Industry Groups
Pictures from the Navigation and the Connected Vehicle Event
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Over 50 people attended the event of the Automotive Industry Group on July 21, 2009 at Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal LLP in Palo Alto to discuss future opportunities for consumers and the connected car. Click here to see the pictures from the event.
GABA's Industry Groups (IG's) provide resources and networking opportunities specific to each industry:

Automotive IG
Clean Tech IG
Communications & Mobile IG
Entrepreneurs & Venture Capital IG
Human Resources IG
Life Sciences IG
Media & Entertainment IG
Semiconductor - IT IG
Software IG
Women in Business IG


Job Board

Marketing Communications Manager at Lyris
Lyris is an online marketing company that provides software solutions to online marketers primarily in mid-sized and small businesses. The company is looking for a marketing communications expert with at least five years of work experience to work in Emeryville, CA. For more information visit the GABA Job Market.


Culture Selection

Low Budget - High Energy Film Academy at GILA
August 20, 2009, 7:00 pm
Goethe-Institut, 5750 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 100, Los Angeles
During the closure night of the 7th annual summer film academy in Los Angeles, Students from the Film Academy in Ludwigsburg, Baden-Württemberg, will show their best video productions. Entrance is free.