GABA eNews )
  May 2005 
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  • GABA Events in May
  • GABA Co-Sponsored Events
  • New/Renewing Members
  • 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 May
    GABA-Southern California presents:
    Empowerment Through Successful Presentation Skills in an American-German Business Setting
    Wednesday, May 18th, 6-9 pm
    4th Floor, 545 south Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071

    This important GABA event, at the prestigious Jonathan Club in Los Angeles, gives you a chance to network among your peers and to gain great insight into global presentations from our guest speaker, Stefan Matthies. Plenty of time for networking will be provided before and after the speaker, along with a complimentary offering of Spanish Tapas hors d'ouvres and an open, no-host bar. Business casual, no jeans/tennis shoes. To RSVP (by May 16th) or for more info, please contact [email protected] or call (949) 266-5829.

    GABA-Berlin Stammtisch
    Thursday, May 19th, 7 pm
    Weinkultur Habel, Luisenstrasse 19, Berlin-Mitte

    Monthly Stammtisch gathering. To find out more, please contact [email protected].

    GABA-Hamburg Stammtisch
    Friday, May 20th, 7 pm
    Hamburg Business Club, Oberstrasse 14c, Hamburg
    Monthly meeting to discuss current topics of interest to the German-American community. For more information, please contact [email protected].

    GABA-CA's Telecommunications Industry Group presents:
    Mobile Enterprise - Has the Real Value Shown Up Yet?
    Tuesday, May 24th, 6-9 pm
    SAP Labs, Building D, 3410 Hillview Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304

    GABA-CA invites you to this panel discussion which will address a number of issues and challenges arising >from "mobilizing" enterprise organizations. Please join us for this exciting event. It will not only be an excellent source to gain a deeper understanding of the true value and challenges when it comes to mobile enterprises. It is also a great platform to rub elbows with industry leaders and potential business partners and suppliers. RSVP to [email protected].

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    GABA Co-Sponsored Events
    German Mixer
    Wednesday, May 4th, 7-10 pm
    The Cannery, 3010 Lafayette Road, Newport Beach, CA

    German Mixer is a private and professional networking event for the German-speaking community in Orange County. No-host bar, free admission, no RSVP needed. For more info, please contact [email protected].

    European Luncheon with Paul Mercier: The International Role of the Euro
    Thursday, May 12th, 12 pm
    The Carnelian Room, 555 California Street, 51st Floor, San Francisco, CA 94104

    The French-American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco, GABA-CA and The British American Business Council cordially invite you to join us for a European Luncheon discussion centering on the international role of the Euro. Our featured key speaker is Paul Mercier, Deputy Director General of Market Operations at the European Central Bank Chairman of the Working Group on Monetary and Exchange Rate Policy Instruments and Procedures. Limited seating; RSVP to [email protected].

    IIC Office Opening with Keynote Speakers from AMD and eBay
    Monday, May 16th, 6- 9 pm
    German Consulate General, 1960 Jackson Street @ Gough, San Francisco

    GABA-CA, the Industrial Investment Council (IIC) and the German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (California Branch) invite you to meet top executives >from AMD and eBay who will share their success stories in the eastern part of Germany. Don't miss this opportunity to share invaluable knowledge, learn key strategies for international expansion, and network with top executives. Eastern German specialties will be served! For further information and to RSVP by May 11th (providing your full name, title, and name of your organization), please contact Steffen Weber at [email protected] or (415) 756- 2223.

    Celebrating Venture Capital Investment in Women- led Companies
    Wednesday, May 25th, 6-8 pm
    The Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA

    GABA-CA, The Women's Technology Cluster, SDForum, Springboard Enterprises and VC Taskforce Women's VC SIG are proud to present this awards ceremony to recognize the women who are leading venture-funded companies and the venture capital firms that are funding them. The Awards are based on a recent Growthink report entitled "Venture Funding for Women Entrepreneurs: A Gender-Based Analysis of VC Investments." To register, or for more info, please visit

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    New/Renewing Members
    Patron Corporate Members
    LEG Thueringen mbH ( steht Ihnen als Flächenentwickler und Wirtschaftsförder-gesellschaft im Freistaat Thüringen gern zur Seite. Sie vereinen folgende Leistungen "unter einem Dach": Flächenmanagement, Immobilienwirtschaft, Stadt- und Projektentwicklung, Investorenakquisition und Thüringenmarketing.
    The Berlin Business Development Corporation ( is the central point of contact in Berlin for companies interested in expanding to Germany's largest city and offers free services for investors: The provision of information on business in and around Berlin; Information on financial aid and funding; Support for conceptual business issues; Aid in finding for appropriate business premises and office space; Contact to authorities, banks, chambers, associations and networks; Support in recruiting and training staff; Support in founding technology-oriented companies.

    Premium Corporate Member
    Degussa ( is a multinational corporation consistently aligned to highly profitable specialty chemistry. With sales of 11.8 billion Euro and a workforce of some 48.000, it is the world market leader in specialty chemicals. Degussa's core strength lies in highly-effective system solutions that are tailored to the requirements of its customers in over 100 countries throughout the world. Degussa's activities are led by the vision "Everybody benefits from a Degussa product - every day and everywhere".

    Extended Corporate Member
    Hotel Palomar -

    Individual Members
    Mr. Christof Wittig
    Mr. Markus Mayer

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

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    Member News
    Patron Corporate Member Lufthansa invites you to enroll in Miles & More, the frequent flyer program of Lufthansa by Dec 31, 2005. You'll earn miles with Lufthansa, all Star Alliance carriers, plus many other airline, hotel, car rental partners as well as with the Miles & More VISA credit card. Once you have earned 3,000 miles by Dec 31, 2005, we'll reward you with 2,000 bonus miles. To be eligible for the bonus, you will need to call 1-800-581-6400 and mention priority code PSFO1. Visit for complete details about Miles & More.

    Patron Corporate Member Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham LLP's mutual fund practice was ranked first among firms that counsel mutual fund clients by The American Lawyer's "Corporate Scorecard." Published annually, the Corporate Scorecard tracks transactional practices of leading law firms and ranks them based on a variety of criteria, including the net assets under management of a law firm's fund clients. K&LNG, whose fund clients have in excess of $1.2 Trillion under management, has been consistently listed among various Corporate Scorecard categories since The American Lawyer first established these rankings in 1987. K&LNG served the mutual fund industry for decades and is proud of the extraordinary confidence that industry members repose in our investment management lawyers in Washington, New York, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles and London. For additional information, please contact Dirk Michels at [email protected].

    Premium Corporate Member FeldbergPacific Law Group (which recently changed its name from FeldbergPacific Start-Up Counsel) hosted an Open House event on April 21, 2005 on International VC Investments - Do They Work?. Arjun Gupta, General Partner of Telesoft Partners a $600 million venture fund with a focus on IT and telecommunications, and Charles Hsu, Ph.D. a partner of A.M.Pappas & Associates a $150 million venture fund with a focus on life sciences (formerly 14 years with Walden International), spoke about their experiences on investing in companies outside the U.S. and the opportunities and challenges such cross-border investments present. Both were quite open to the idea of investing internationally and view such international perspective as a competitive advantage for them. The event was attended by many internationally active entrepreneurs and professionals in the venture capital and tech community. FeldbergPacific Law Group is a boutique law firm dedicated to serving the U.S. - German business community including start- ups in corporate, VC and technology transfer transactions. For more information on the event please contact Achim Hoelzle at ahoelzle(at) or at (415) 398-5555.

    Premium Corporate Member T. H. Bender & Partners completed an article suggesting different approaches executives can use to catch the attention of executive recruiters. In addition, the article describes the process of being headhunted.

    Extended Corporate Member Hotel Palomar opened in 1999 as an artful, fashionable and sophisticated sanctuary in the center of San Francisco, just one block from Moscone Center and steps from Union Square, the financial district, SOMA and the Cable Cars. Hotel Palomar offers conference facilities and an award-winning four-star restaurant. GABA members will receive special conditions, please contact [email protected] for details.

    Member Job Board
    Premium Corporate Member T. H. Bender & Partners is looking for two sales executives with experience selling capital equipment into the electronics and semiconductor equipment industries. One position is located in the Bay Area, another one in the Northeast. Candidates need to have experience selling high-priced non-destructive test equipment. Resumes and referrals should be directed to [email protected] with GABA in the subject line.

    Extended Corporate Member Wellington Partners Verture Capital GmbH is searching for a VP Marketing and for a CTO for a potential portfolio company, which is headquartered in Munich and develops a linux-based server platform appliance for SME's. Permission to live/work in Germany, and fluency in English, are a must. For more details and to apply, please contact Sabine Scherer at [email protected].

    Basic Corporate Member Google, Inc. is currently looking for an International Product Manager, based in Mountain View, CA. The successful candidate has a degree in Computer Science, and will be reponsible for initiating new products and/or product enhancement projects to meet existing or anticipated market needs. For immediate consideration, please send a text (ASCII) or HTML version of your resume to [email protected]. Important: The subject field of your email must include "International Product Manager - Mountain View".

    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 (
    [email protected] (
    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's) 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.

    Human Resources IG
    The group's objective is to enable companies and individuals alike to stay abreast of current employment trends, compensation issues, corporate governance, legal developments, immigration/visa trends and "best practices". For more detailed information, please go to www.gaba-

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