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  November 2005 
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  • GABA Events in November
  • GABA Co-Sponsored Events
  • New/Renewing Members
  • GABA News
  • Member News
  • 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 November
    "Trends on Web Blogs" followed by European Power Networking Event
    Wednesday, November 2nd, 6-9 pm
    SAP Labs, Building D, 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304

    Here is your opportunity to gain a basic introduction into the fundamentals of blogging. The session also includes a very brief overview about weblog technology and emerging publishing standards like RSS. Keynote speaker is Torsten Jacobi, German Co-founder of Creative Weblogging, who will give an introduction note on "Using blogs as an effective marketing instrument". Please RSVP to [email protected]

    GABA East Bay Stammtisch
    Thursday, November 3rd, 7 pm
    Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Ave, Alameda, CA 94501
    Axel Schleyer hosts the new East Bay venue for GABA's monthly Stammtisch gatherings. 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 to RSVP, please contact [email protected].

    Venture Capital Investment in California - Top Five Trends in 2005
    Tuesday, November 8th, 7-10 pm
    Weinkultur Habel, Luisenstr. 19, Berlin-Mitte

    Achim Hölzle wird einen Vortrag über "Venture Capital Investments in California - Top Five Trends in 2005" halten. Achim Hölzle ist Rechtsanwalt und Start-Up-Berater in San Francisco ( und zudem der Chair der GABA Industry Group Media&Entertainment. RSVP: Ich bitte um Anmeldung per Email ([email protected]) bis zum 4.11.

    GABA Bay Area Stammtisch
    Wednesday, November 16th, 7 pm
    Blue Chalk Restaurant, Palo Alto, CA
    No RSVP needed; free to attend. For directions, call (650) 326-1020.

    GABA-CA's Human Resources Industry Group presents:
    Silicon Valley & Global Compensation Strategies for 2006
    Thursday, November 17th, 6-9 pm
    SAP Labs, Building D, 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304

    The technology industries enter 2006 with recovering but still uncertain business prospects. News reports indicate conflicting financial signals from bellwether companies in the Bay Area. This session will address these questions and present the latest in the compensation trends from Radford Surveys U.S. and International Technology Compensation Surveys, including recommendations going forward into 2006. Please RSVP to [email protected]

    GABA-Hamburg Stammtisch
    Friday, November 18th, 7 pm
    Hamburg Business Club, Oberstrasse 14, Hamburg (
    Free to attend; for more information and to RSVP, please contact [email protected].

    GABA-Berlin: Besuch des T-Com-Hauses
    Tuesday, November 29th, 7-10 pm
    Leipziger Strasse (@Wilhelmstrasse), Berlin

    Das T-Com-Haus ( steht in der Leipziger Strasse beim Museum für Kommunikation und demonstriert die Einsatzmöglichkeiten von innovativer E-Home-Technologie. Es ist öffentlich nicht zugänglich, GABA-Berlin hat jedoch einen privaten Termin für eine Besichtigung bzw. Führung. RSVP: Da die Anzahl der Plätze beschränkt ist, bitten wir um Anmeldung ([email protected]) bis zum 10.11. Plätze werden first come, first serve vergeben.

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    GABA Co-Sponsored Events
    German Mixer
    Wednesday, November 2nd, 7-10 pm
    [email protected] at the Hyatt Regency Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine

    Valet or self parking in front of hotel. No admission; Bar is no-host. No RSVP needed. For more info, please contact [email protected].

    Invent & Protect: Intellectual Property Rights in the Age of Globalization
    Thursday, November 3rd, 6-9 pm
    Hewlett Packard Co, Auditorium, 3000 Hanover Street, Palo Alto, CA 94304

    Innovation and intellectual property (IP) are the propelling forces behind the competitiveness and business strategies of Silicon Valley. But the rapid pace of globalization makes protecting your IP around the world a constant challenge. As a community, our success depends on protecting our intellectual property. The World Affairs Council of Northern California, together with GABA-CA, invites you to hear from two distinguished panels about the latest issues and approaches surrounding intellectual property rights within a global marketplace. RSVP: (415) 293-4600, or [email protected]. To find our more, please visit:

    IBF - International Business Forum: Biotech Investing Conference
    Wednesday + Thursday, November 2nd-3rd
    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.

    Successful Communication with US-American Business Partners
    Thursday, November 3rd, 9:30-5:30 pm
    Friday, November 4th, 9:30-5:30 pm
    Hamburger Business Club, Oberstrasse 14c, Hamburg

    Please mark your calendar for this intercultural workshop in Hamburg. The participants will learn about their own communication patterns towards American counterparts. Direct feedback and video analysis will provide immediate solutions for improvement. This workshop, conducted by Stefan Matthies - an executive coach and cross-cultural consultant both in the US and in Germany - will enable you to be more aware of your own cultural background and its impact on American business partners. You will develop effective communication skills for the US marketplace. Please RSVP via Fax to 040-4921-9216. If you have specific questions about this event, please write to [email protected] or call 001-310-855-1180.

    Ethics and Corporate Governance: The Role of Senior Management
    Wednesday, November 9th, 2:30-5:00 pm
    Four Seasons Hotel, 757 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
    Thursday, November 10th, 2:30-5:00 pm
    The Network Meeting Center at Techmart, 5201 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA 95054
    Join GABA-CA and Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham LLP, as Dick Thornburgh, former U.S. attorney general and governor of Pennsylvania will discuss lessons learned from his experience on the independent review panel that examined the reporting and broadcast of the 60 Minutes Wednesday program regarding President George W. Bush's Texas Air National Guard service, as well as his experience as the federal bankruptcy court-appointed examiner in the WorldCom bankruptcy proceedings. A distinguished panel comprised of corporate leaders will join Mr. Thornburgh for a discussion on current trends in corporate governance. They will explore the complex and changing relationships between business corporations, their various stakeholders and the markets in which they operate, as well as the evolving roles of shareholders, directors, and executives. They will discuss both the economic and ethical considerations surrounding effective corporate governance, including the social, political, legal and moral aspects of how businesses are governed, as well as business performance and the operation of financial markets. The panel will talk about how corporations can prepare themselves for the new regulatory environment and increased scrutiny resulting from the corporate scandals of the past few years. Space is limited. For more information, contact Debora Telleria at (415) 249-1076 or [email protected].

    Convergence: Benefiting Consumers in a Connected World
    Saturday, November 12th, 12-6 pm
    Fremont Marriott Hotel, 46100 Landing Parkway, Fremont, CA 94538
    GABA Affiliate SVCwireless is holding its 2005 Annual Conference, which will take a closer look at the rapidly developing world of converged services and consumer electronics devices. For more information and Registration, please visit: onference2005.

    Eine Kleine Sunday Musik: An Afternoon of Operetta, Musical, Cabaret and Art Songs by Austrian, German and Swiss Composers
    Sunday, November 13th, 2 pm
    The MET Theatre, 1089 N. Oxford Ave., Hollywood

    Featuring Christina Linhardt, soubrette and chanteuse; Nick Ariondo, accordionist; and composer Eric Braeden, narrator. For reservations and information, please call (323) 957-1152.

    Beaujolais & Beyond Festival 2005 - A Food & Wine Extravaganza
    Saturday, November 19th, 6:00-9:30 pm
    The Hyatt Regency, 5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco

    Please join GABA-CA, The French-American Chamber of Commerce SF and the Alliance Francaise of San Francisco for the 24th annual Beaujolais and Beyond Festival. Entry fee includes commemorative wine glass, food and wine tasting, auction, raffle of AirFrance tickets to Paris, and extra entertainment. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit: ais_2005.htm

    New/Renewing Members
    Basic Corporate Members
    Mohar Quan & Fanning Law Group -

    Individual Members
    Mr. Wolfgang Hausen
    Mr. James Sherburne
    Mr. Gregory Gorman
    Mrs. Juanita Gaglio

    For information on how to become a GABA Member, or to sign up online, please visit our website or contact [email protected]

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    GABA News
    New, improved, expanded: GABA is delighted to announce the launch of its new web portal, designed and developed in conjunction with MaCS, the specialist European IT marketing agency and GABA Premium Supporter. Visit www.gaba- today! Please let us know ([email protected]) if you have any feedback or comments regarding the new website; we always welcome suggestions and ideas!

    Member News
    Patron Corporate Member MaCS is hosting the Business Marketing Association (BMA) International Marketing Roundtable in Palo Alto. If you want to learn how to position your website on top in Google and Yahoo searches, then join us for "Are you ready for Search Engine Optimization on a global scale?" and learn from Andreas Mueller, Chief Strategist,, some valuable and proven techniques on how to boost your online business. This event takes place on Wed, Nov. 16, from 7:30-9:00, at Scott's Seafood Restaurant and Grill, 855 El Camino Real, Town and Country Shopping Center, Palo Alto, CA 94301.

    Basic Corporate Member Mindjet Corporation, the leading provider of software for visualizing and managing information, recently announced availability of Mindjet® MindManager® Pro 6, the newest version of its flagship application for business professionals and teams. Available September 20, 2005, MindManager Pro 6 is a tool for graphically representing the core communications of business: from capturing meeting notes to creating sales campaigns and drafting business plans in an "at-a-glance" view. Now with enhanced integration with Microsoft® Office, each resulting "map" can contain additional information via hyperlinks to documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Maps can also be connected to corporate applications, databases and to Web services. More information is available by calling toll-free 1 (877) MINDJET or by visiting

    Basic Corporate Member the IIC (Industrial Investment Council) is proud to announce that it successfully advised Rood Technology, a semiconductor and wafer/IC tester based out of Holland, in selecting Dresden, Saxony for its latest expansion in Europe. The IIC was instrumental in bringing the $5 million investment to Saxony, providing Rood with location analysis, site visits and advice on investment incentives. Over the next three years, 25 jobs are going to be created at the location. The Dresden facility will conduct wafer testing, develop test software and applications, and produce IC packaging. The IIC semiconductor experts believe that there are yet opportunities for additional chip testing and packaging activities in Europe's most dynamically growing semiconductor cluster in Dresden. 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 [email protected] or (650) 283 7766.

    Basic Corporate Member The German International School of Silicon Valley is holding its 6th annual St. Martin Children's Parade on Fri, Nov. 11th, at 6 pm. In the spirit of this traditional German holiday, children will sing and parade through the community with colorful hand-made lanterns, celebrating the spirit of sharing, kindness and community. Warm drinks, German Bratwurst and sweet bread awaits the parade goers after the parade. Preschool/Kindergarten and elementary children especially welcome! For more information and orders for sweet bread (Weckmänner) please contact the GISSV, located at 310 Easy Street, Mountain View, (650) 254- 0748,

    Job Board
    Creative Weblogging is looking to fill the following positions at their HQ in Palo Alto, CA:
    1. Assistant Sales and Marketing (Internship)
    2. Assistant IT (Internship)
    3. Sales Rep
    To find out more about the requirements for these positions and how to apply, please visit their website.

    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 (
    [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. 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 our website 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 our website 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 our website.

    Media & Entertainment IG
    Activities and events supporting the Californian and German media and entertainment industries.To find our more, please visit our website

    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 our website.

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