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

  • Thank you for your interest in the German American Business Association of California (GABA-CA)!

    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 March
    GABA-CA Semiconductor-IT Industry Group presents:
    Open Source - Ready for Prime Time?
    Thursday, March 10th, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
    SAP Labs, Building D, 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304
    The open source movement is gaining recognition in the industry: It is moving from mind share to market share as not only operating systems are based on open source, but increasingly also other enterprise infrastructure and applications. How far has open source software come in critical enterprise applications? What are the road blocks, what are the opportunities that lie ahead? What lies behind the success of open source? For more details, please visit: www.gaba-

    GABA-CA Stammtisch
    Wednesday, March 16th, 7 pm
    Blue Chalk Café, Palo Alto
    As of this month, Jan Peters will host this monthly meeting for casual conversation and the chance to expand your network. No RSVP needed; free to attend. For directions, please call (650) 326- 1020.

    GABA-Berlin Stammtisch
    Thursday, March 17th, 7 pm
    Habel Weinkultur, Luisenstrasse 19, Berlin (www.wein-
    Please RSVP to In order to facilitate the future Stammtisch planning, meetings will now be held on the 3rd thursday of every month.

    GABA-CA Life Sciences Industry Group presents:
    Facility Management in the Life Sciences - Optimize Outsourcing
    A "Learn and Delight" Event

    Tuesday, March 22nd, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
    SAP Labs, Building D, 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304
    GABA-CA's Life Sciences Industry Group and M+W Zander host a unique panel of experts to address the optimization of outsourced technical, infrastructural and business administration services. Program includes a Gourmet tasting of exquisite wines, cheese & pâtés. For more details, please visit: www.gaba- Limited seating. RSVP to or call (415) 217-6945.

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    GABA Co-Sponsored Events
    German Mixer
    Wednesday, March 2nd, 7- 10 pm
    The Quiet Woman, 3224 East Pacific Coast Highway 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. Free parking in the neighbourhood. No RSVP needed, for more info please contact

    SVCITD Networking Mixer
    Wednesday, March 16th, 6-8 pm
    Training Room, 84 W. Santa Clara Street, Suite 100, San Jose, CA 95054
    Join GABA affiliate the Silicon Valley Center for International Trade and Development (SVCITD) for their first networking mixer. Come meet fellow importers and exporters, and government and private experts at the Entrepreneur Center. Networking is key to your success, so join us and improve your network and net worth! $30.00. To RSVP, please visit:

    GABA's event calendar... »

    New/Renewing Members
    Patron Members
    Altos Advisors ( was founded by Jörg Sperling in January 2005. Altos Advisors is a Europe-based sales and business development accelerator, whose clients are all later stage US companies targeting European customers and channel partners. Mr. Sperling assists his clients in finding customers and channel partners, and his focus is the broadband industry (wire line and wireless). On behalf of his clients Mr. Sperling is in constant dialogue with Europe's leading carriers and system OEMs.

    Wainhouse Research LLC ( is an independent market research firm that focuses on critical issues in the rich media conferencing and communications fields. The company conducts multi- client as well as custom research studies for industry vendors, consults with end users on key implementation issues, publishes a news bulletin, white papers, and market statistics, and delivers public and private seminars as well as speaker presentations at industry group meetings.

    Basic Corporate Members
    Deutsches SOFIA Institut -
    gate5 NA Inc. -
    Go West Internships -
    Industrial Investment Council GmbH LLC -
    Merk Investments LLC -
    The Resource Corner, Inc. -
    Yes Partners -

    Individual Members
    Mr. Rand Bleimeister
    Mr. Etienne Finet
    Mr. Torsten George
    Ms. Ju-Chien Lin
    Mr. Bodo Littmann
    Mr. Chris Longstaffe
    Mr. Jens Moeller
    Mr. Ilja Perschbacher
    Mr. Kim Singh

    Student Members
    Ms. Sylvia Hengstler
    Mr. Steffen Weber

    Volunteer Supporters
    Mr. Jan Peters

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

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    GABA News
    GABA announces a new partnership with the Silicon Valley Center for International Trade Development ( SVCITD enhances the competitive strength of California businesses in the international marketplace and supports international trade development in their local communities by providing businesses with export and import training programs, trade leads and matchmaking, technical assistance and international trade counseling services.

    Linda Kotzot will transition from GABA President to join the GABA Board of Directors, starting in early March. She will be joining the Northern California headquarters of Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and Executives as Membership and Marketing Director, and can now be reached at

    Jan Peters will take over as host of the Palo Alto GABA-Stammtisch meetings, every other third Wednesday at Blue Chalk Café. Join us starting Wednesday, March 16th at 7:00 pm for good German- American networking!

    Member News
    Premium Member LinkedIn announces the release of LinkedIn Jobs, the Internet's first relationship-powered job network, enabling professionals to find business service providers recommended by their trusted contacts. Over 5,000 hiring managers, HR professionals and recruiters have already posted positions during the preview period, and LinkedIn's user base has grown from 40,000 in Nov. 2003 to 2 million. For more information, please visit

    Following his presentation on the Jan 11 GABA/Spaten West panel, Axel Merk (President of Merk Investments LLC) was recently quoted in LA Business Journal, focusing on how the dollar affects importers, and by Reuters.

    Your company news in GABA's eNews! Corporate members 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 Mitglied PSD Group vetritt einen Kunden, ein fuehrendes Halbleiterunternehmen im Raum Stuttgart, und sucht derzeitig einen Gruppenleiter Marketing Automotive. Erfordert sind ein abgeschlossenes Elektrotechnisches Hochschulstudium oder aehnliches, und gute Englishkenntnisse. Erfahrung in Marketing, Entwicklung oder Applikation von ICs oder Mikrocontrollern von Vorteil. Fuer weitere Informationen oder Anmeldung mit CV, bitte kontaktieren Sie , Tel. +49-(0)89-189 857-21.

    Extended Corporate Member the German-American International School (GAIS), located in Menlo Park, is currently looking for a Head of School, effective Aug 1st. For more information on this position, please visit . To apply, e-mail your CV to by Feb 28th. Interviews of selected candidates will take place in March.

    Basic Corporate Member Go West Internships with hotel HR Mgr. from The Campton Place Hotel, will conduct interviews in Berlin March 2nd and 3rd 2005 at the Hotel Adlon (Pariser Platz), for hospitality & tourism graduates for San Francisco Hotel. 12 positions throughout 2005/06 start April, May, June, July, August, October, November, December 2005. The positions are for 12-18 months full time at $12-13 /hr. 40 hour week. Accommodations at hotel first 2 weeks. Fee includes placement fee, assistance for J-1 practical training visa, airport pick-up SFO. Fee is 2.150 euros. Payment plans. Berlin interview appts. still available. Send CV & cover letter via e-mail to ASAP!

    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.

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