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  July 2005 
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  • GABA Events in August
  • GABA co-sponsored Events
  • New/Renewing Members
  • GABA News
  • Member News
  • Jobs
  • 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 August
    GABA East Bay Stammtisch
    Thursday, August 4th, 6:30 pm
    Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Ave, Alameda, CA 94501
    Axel Schleyer is hosting this first Stammtisch in the East Bay. We would like to extend the invitation to all spouses and children, so we can all get to know each other. For more information and RSVP, please contact

    GABA/GACC After-work event
    Friday, August 5th, 4-7 pm
    The German American Chamber of Commerce, 201 California Street, 2nd Floor Outdoor Patio, San Francisco
    Please join us for a reception on our outdoor patio with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and beverages. We encourage you to bring your colleagues and socialize with fellow businesspeople, specifically those involved in the German/American business community. RSVP: For further information and to rsvp, please send a message to or call 415 248-1245. Click here for directions.

    GABA Bay Area Stammtisch
    Wednesday, August 17th, 7 pm
    Teskes-Germania Restaurant, 225 N. First Street, 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, please call (650) 326-1020.

    GABA-CA Main Event: The High-Growth IP Market
    Tuesday, June 21st, 6-9 pm
    SAP Labs, Building D, 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304
    Please mark your calendar for this next event, presented by GABA's Semiconductor Industry Group. This panel will consist of IP vendors, EDA companies and a semiconductor company and will shed light on how they see the IP business evolver over the next few years.
    RSVP to
    COST: $20 Members (please RSVP), $30 Non-Members prepaid (please RSVP), $40 at the door

    GABA-Berlin Stammtisch
    Thursday, August 18th, 7 pm
    Habel Weinkultur, Luisenstrasse 19, Berlin
    Free to attend, for more information and RSVP, please contact

    GABA-Hamburg Stammtisch
    Friday, August 19th, 7 pm
    Hamburg Business Club, Hamburg, Oberstrasse 14c
    Free to attend, for more information and RSVP, please contact:

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    GABA co-sponsored Events
    IBF - International Business Forum: Early Stage Venture Investing Conference
    Thursday + Friday, October 20 - 21
    Early stage investors capitalizing on today's opportunities need to stay abreast of industry trends and strategies impacting the VC playing field. This conference, now celebrating its 6th anniversary, serves as a major industry gathering for over 300 early stage investors. Join us on October 20 & 21, 2005 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, CA. For more information visit

    IBF - International Business Forum: Venture Capital Investing in India
    Tuesday, November 1
    This conference unites VCs who have successfully invested in technologies out of India, with other venture investors interested in tapping this emerging market for investment candidates. Please join on November 1, 2005 at the Westin San Francisco Airport in Millbrae, CA for this conference. Visit for more information or to register.

    IBF - International Business Forum: Biotech Investing Conference
    Wednesday + Thursday, November 2 - 3
    This conference serves as the premier industry gathering for private, public and corporate investors looking for key opportunities in biotechnology and the life sciences, and for company executives looking for insight into the current investment trends. Visit for more information or to register.

    New/Renewing Members
    Premium Member
    Vonnemann Kloiber & Co -

    Basic Corporate Members
    Solarius Development, Inc. (Peter Joshua) -
    Mindjet LLC (Barbara Jetter) -
    Christine von Wrangel

    Individual Member
    Ms. Barbara Mutter

    Student Members
    Mr. Uwe Bald
    Mr. Thomas Neubauer

    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's LinkedIn group was featured in the news: LinkedIn launches paid service for member groups (Reuters)

    Member News
    Basic Corporate Member The Perreault Birmingham Group (PBG -, a high technology M&A advisory firm based in the Bay Area, has announced that it has become an official partner of The Venture Alliance (TVA). PBG clients will now have access to TVA's proprietary funding evaluation assessment process and referrals to its network of established angel and venture capital investors, such as Angel Strategies,LLC. Collectively, TVA has access to over $5 billion in capital resources. TVA clients will also be able to utilize PBG's services to improve operational and financial performance and enhance their ability to gain access to funds. For more information, please visit

    The European American Chamber of Commerce and Bucerius Law School, Hamburg in association with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, and Carroll Burdick & McDonough LLP ( will be holding a conference on European Public Procurement Law on October 5, 2005 at SRI International in Menlo Park. Industry professionals from around the world will be on hand to discuss international procurement law in Europe and more specifically Germany, Hungary, Austria, Italy and Great Britain. For more information about the conference and how to register please visit

    The IIC (Industrial Investment Council) is proud to announce that it successfully advised computer maker Dell Inc. in their location decision process for a new sales and technical support center in Europe. The new center will be located in Halle / Salle and will employ 300 people by the end of 2005, with a goal of 750 within three to five years. The facility will combine sales service for consumers and small- to medium-sized businesses with technical support for corporate customers. For more information please visit Should you or your clients be interested in free of charge advice regarding feasibilty-studies for and the pros and cons of locating in eastern Germany, please contact Philipp Kunze at or (650) 283 7766.

    Axel Merk, president of Merk Investments and portfolio manager of the Merk Hard Currency Fund, had his Fund featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal's business section; he was also interviewed by Barron's Online. These and further press coverage are available at

    The Women's Technology Cluster (WTC) is currently seeking women-led, technology and life science companies to apply participate in the 5th Annual WTC Entrepreneur Venture Conference on November 1, 2005 at Microsoft Silicon Valley Campus. Apply today at Applicants will be reviewed based on the following criteria: innovative technology, credible team and business plan, strong and profitable market opportunity, defendable competitive advantage, completed seed round or customer beta, seeking Series A or B Round, at least one woman in a leadership role (at C level) or in a position of equity.

    Career Opportunities International is searching for a Project Manager - Corporate Development. One of their multi-national clients in the manufacturing industry with headquarters in Switzerland is looking for a person with at least two years experience with one of the major strategy consulting firms (top five) in the United States to lead strategic projects in marketing, mergers and acquisitions, competition and new markets. Among other priorities will be the organization and implementation of workshops of top management aimed at annually evaluating and, if necessary re-defining the company's worldwide strategy.
    Initially, the successful applicant for this position will be located in Europe for at least two years und thereafter relocate to the US subsidiary headquarters. She/he is expected to have an undergraduate degree in engineering or economics with an MBA from one of the top schools. International experience and mobility, analytical competence, ability to communicate effectively at all levels of the enterprise including top management, team spirit and flexibility are a must.
    US Work permit required. German language abilities are highly desirable. For more information, please contact with the reference "PM CORPDEV.

    GABA Affiliates

    GABA aligns with non-profit organizations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, California an 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'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. IG Life Sciences features an event series "Learn and Delight" in California Bay Area to facilitate the networking in the life science community. A panel discussion with industry experts highlights significant life sciences topics and is accompanied by a Gourmet tasting. 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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