GABA eNews




January 2005 

in this issue

·  GABA Events in January

·  GABA Co-Sponsored Events

·  New/Renewing Members

·  GABA News

·  Member News

·  Member Job Board

·  GABA Affiliates

·  GABA Industry Groups


Welcome to the German American Business Association of California's monthly eNewsletter, where you will find information about German-American business in the Silicon Valley, California and beyond.

Thank you for your interest in and contribution to GABA's network!

GABA Events in January

GABA-CA: Spaten West/Chrissa Imports Open House: Expert and Entrepreneurial Analysis of the Euro
Tuesday, January 11th, 6-9 pm
Spaten West, 280 Harbor Way, South San Francisco
Join Spaten West/Chrissa Imports for an open discussion on the challenges of the weakening dollar, and what that presents to importers from Europe, and an Open House Tour of the warehouse, and chance to buy items at discount. RSVP to or call (415) 217-6945.

GABA-CA: Bay Area Stammtisch
Wednesday, January 19th, 7 pm
Teskes-Germania Restaurant (back room), 255 N. First Street @ Devine, San Jose
Joerg Sperling and Gunther Hofmann host 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-

GABA-Hamburg: Stammtisch
Friday, January 21st, 7 pm
Hamburg Business Club, Oberstr. 14, Hamburg (TBC)
For details, please contact

GABA-Munich: Start Your Own Company With/Without Venture Capital
Tuesday, January 25th, 7 pm
Paulaner im Tal, Munich
Join GABA-Munich for this monthly panel discussion to hear how the experts on the panel started their company with, or without, venture capital funding. Moderated by Joerg Sperling, founder and CEO Altos Advisors. RSVP to

GABA-SoCal: Launch Event
Tuesday, January 25th, 7 pm
Residence of the German Consul General, Los Angeles
For more information, please contact

Visit GABA's website for more information about our events! »


GABA Co-Sponsored Events

German Mixer
Wednesday, January 5th, 7-10 pm
Svelte Restaurant, 440 Heliotrope in Corona del Mar
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

British American Business Council: Annual Economic Forecast Lunch
Tuesday, January 18th, 11:45 am - 2:00 pm
World Trade Club, The Embarcadero, San Francisco
The BABC of California and GABA-CA present guest speaker Brian Fabbri, Chief Economist North America for BNP Paribas discussing predictions for the world economy, and Sean Randolf, President of the Bay Area Economic Forum, discussing the Bay Area economy in 2005. GABA members may attend at the member rate. Visit: or call (415) 296-8645 for more info and to RSVP.

The Digital Home: Are We There Yet? (And Who Will Control Access to the Consumer?)
Wednesday, January 26th, 6pm
Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati, 950 Page Mill Road, Ter 2D, Palo Alto
Join the French-American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco and GABA-CA for this HighTech Exchange Panel Discussion led by industry experts and executives. GABA members may attend at the member rate. For more information and to RSVP, please visit: ml.

GABA's event calendar... »


New/Renewing Members

Premium Corporate Members
Gordon Biersch Brewing Company -
Since 1997, Gordon Biersch Brewing Company has been brewing beer in San Jose for bottling and distribution in Northern California, Southern Nevada and Hawaii, according to Germany's purity law "Reinheitsgebot", and fully automated and run by Nerb Engineering software program WinBrew, to ensure a consistent high quality for its lagers.
Detecon International Group ( builds solutions for customers around the world in technology consulting, innovation engineering, management consulting and m-business services, adding to its outstanding history as a leading innovation and telecom engineering firm.

Basic Corporate Members
Spott, Lucey & Wall, CPAs - www.SpottLuceyWall-
BV Capital -

Individual Members
Mr. Michael Blum
Mr. Paolo Coen
Mr. Mark McKinney
Mr. Peter-Michael Roettger
Ms. Victoria Yeager

For information on how to become a GABA Member, or to sign up online, please visit: www.gaba- or contact

Go To Member Directory... »



GABA-CA welcomes Holger Spielberg, VP Strategy & Innovation at Detecon, Inc. as new co- chair of the Telecommunications Industry Group and Premium Corporate Member, to host activities and events supporting the Californian and German telecommunications industries.

SUCCESS STORY: Patron Member PSD Group commends the good feedback received in regard to their job openings advertised through the GABA network, and Director Christina Hoefner remarks that "patron membership has definitely paid off."

Looking back: December 2nd, 2004
"Business Finance Climate 2005: A Perspective from German-American Venture Capitalists and Investment Bankers"
Gracious hosts San Francisco German Consul General Bernd and Luise Westphal welcomed GABA for the panel and holiday reception, which was attended by over 80 interested local German and American business professionals. Hosting what's been our best event each year was the perfect way to celebrate GABA's second birthday, and gift our constituents with one of the best topics and fine German food and drink.
To find out more about this and other past events, including contact details of the panelists, please visit:


Member News

Patron member Lufthansa announces the opening of its new First Class terminal in Frankfurt/Main International Airport, offering concierge services, limousine-transfer direct to the aircraft, a gourmet restaurant, daybeds, modern and spacious bathrooms and more. For further details (in German), please visit their website.

Premium Member FeldbergPacific Start-Up Counsel assisted German film maker and fund initiator Dr. Uwe Boll in negotiating the distribution agreement with Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation for the upcoming motion picture "Alone in the Dark". The film will be released nationwide starting Jan 28, 2005 and will star Christian Slater, Tara Reid and Stephen Dorff. For more info, contact

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 by the 20th of the previous month for consideration.


Member Job Board

Patron Member PSD Group GmbH is looking for a Business Center Manager, Automotive, with 8- 12 years experience in progressively senior business and marketing management roles for a major semiconductor company. To find out more and to apply, call Dr. Christina Hoefner on +49-(0)89-189 857- 21, or email your detailed CV to

Patron Member Thomas Neubert is currently looking for a Director/Vice President - EMEA Sales for an IP real time collaboration software company. The successful candidate must have 5-10 years experience in progressively senior sales and channel marketing management roles in the software industry. For more info, or to apply with resume, please contact

Visit our online job board... »


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 (
British American Business Council Northern California (
California Association of Germany (
French-American Chamber of Commerce (
German Mixer (
Hamburg@Work (
Monterey Bay International Trade Association (
Silicon Valley Association for Startup Entrepreneurs, International Chapter (SVASEi) ( )
Silicon Valley - China Wireless Technology Association (
Silicon Valley RFID Group ( v_rfid)
Silicon Valley Center for International Trade Development (SVCITD) (
Women's Calendar (


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- 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- 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-

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

Visit GABA's industry groups... »


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