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  May 2006 
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  • GABA Events in May
  • 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.

    Please note that GABA has moved offices, here is the new address:

    German American Business Association of California, Inc.
    1715 Villa St, Suite G
    Mountain View, CA 94041, USA
    Phone: +1 (650) 386-5015
    Fax: +1 (415) 276-2375
    [email protected]

    GABA Events in May
    GABA East Bay Stammtisch
    Thursday, May 4th, 7 pm
    Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Ave, Alameda, CA 94501
    Axel Schleyer hosts the 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].

    GABA SoCal: Networking Mixer
    Wednesday, May 17th, 7:00-9:00 pm
    Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, 41 Hugus Alley (at One Colorado), Pasadena, CA 91103
    The next GABA Southern California networking event will be held at the Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant in Pasadena. This event is free to members and $ 10 for non- members. The beer is sponsored that evening thanks to our sponsor Gordon Biersch. Join us for a good time and network with other professionals & friends. RSVP to [email protected].

    GABA-Bavaria Bay Area Stammtisch
    Wednesday, May 17th, 7:00-9:00 pm
    Gordon Biersch, 640 Emerson St, Palo Alto
    The GABA Bay Area Stammtisch will be held in cooperation with the State of Bavaria West Coast Office from now on. No RSVP needed; free to attend.

    GABA-Berlin Stammtisch
    Thursday, May8th, 7 pm
    Habel Weinkultur, Luisenstrasse 19, Berlin (
    Free to attend; for more information and to RSVP, please contact [email protected].

    GABA-Hamburg visits GOOGLE Germany Headquarter
    Friday, April 19tht, 7-10pm
    GABA Hamburg is invited to the Google Germany headquarters in Hamburg. There is a limited number of participants (25). We have already received more than 15 registrations for this event. To register, please send an email with your contact data to [email protected].

    GABA-CA: Mobile Services - Is content king?
    Wednesday May 24th, 6-9 pm
    SAP Labs, Building D, 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304
    As personal users and also as professionals we've been observing the emergence of a plethora of mobile device enabling numerous new functionalities and multimedia capabilities, wireless and also fix line service providers are investing billions of dollars into broadband infrastructure. This exciting panel discussion consists of major players such as Yahoo!, SprintNextel, T-Mobile, MobiTV and Infospace. For more information, please visit GABA's website, or contact [email protected] to RSVP.

    Save the Date!
    Opening Party of the Soccer World Cup

    Friday, June 9th, 8:30am
    GABA and the State of Bavaria are inviting to an opening party for the Soccer World Cup with live transmission of the opening game Germany vs. Costa Rica.

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

    GABA Co-Sponsored Events
    State of Bavaria Reception
    May 4, 2006 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    Stanford University Faculty Club, Lagunita Drive, Stanford, CA 94305
    The State of Bavaria West Coast Office will celebrate the inauguration of their new Executive Director Dr. Lucie Merkle with a reception. Enjoy traditional Bavarian hospitality and network with industry experts and the international high-tech and business community. This is your chance to learn more about your business opportunities in Bavaria/Germany as well as about partnering with companies, organizations and research institutes from Europe's leading high-tech region. Please RSVP to [email protected].

    The French-American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco:
    Life Science Breakfast - IP and biotech, is there a road map?

    May 11, 2006 from 7:30 - 9:30 am
    At Swissnex, 730 Montgomery Street, San Francisco
    For more information and registration, visit the FACC website, at

    TIeCON 2006
    May 12-13 (2-day conference)
    Hyatt Hotel & Conference Center, Santa Clara

    • Listen to industry giants speak of their experiences in keynotes
    • Meet leading VCs one-on-one in our entrepreneur's bazaar and pitch your start-up
    • Avoid start-up pitfalls - learn from successful CEOs, CTOs, CFOs, CMOs sharing their experiences
    • Discuss today's business issues in panel sessions with industry leaders
    Early bird member-pricing (GABA members will get the member price): $165 two days/ $100 single-day, Banquet: $125, TiEcon Proceedings CD/DVD: $25
    First 500 sign-ups: Get one-on-one time with VCs - Pitch your idea in Entrepreneurs Bazaar
    Register NOW at Use promo code AFFORGG

    Globalpress Network Storage and Security Reverse Press Tour
    "Achieving Both in the Distributed Enterprise"
    When: May 15 - 19, 2006
    Where: Silicon Valley, California
    Silicon Valley network storage and security companies can now meet privately with a group of 8-10+ senior editors from Europe, Asia and Latin America without leaving the country. Opportunities to present, become a sponsor and attend the conference are available. For more information, visit the Globalpress website, at, or call Globalpress Connection at (408) 246-6840.

    German International School of Silicon Valley:
    May 21, 11am - 4pm
    310 Easy Street, Mountain View, CA 94043, Tel: 650-254-0748
    Treat your family to an international soccer fest:

    • Small-sided games, juggling contests, speed kick
    • Free soccer movies
    • Gallery of internationally acclaimed soccer photos
    • World Cup "Face Painting" - Support your favorite team!
    • Free prize drawing - Win national team jerseys
    • Enjoy German food & music on the World Cup Bus

    New/Renewing Members
    Basic Corporate Members
    Deutsches SOFIA Institut (DSI), Dr. Juergen Wolf -
    EastLink INTERNET Services Co, Andreas Wolske -
    Go West Internships, Bernadette Gonzales -
    Vortel GmbH, Eckhart Gouras -
    Translation FX, Christian Fuchs -

    Individual Members
    Mr. Anthony Bozanic
    Mr. Michael Cooksey
    Mrs. Renate Craft
    Dr. Torsten George
    Mrs. Hilla Hueber
    Mr. Peter Jacobs
    Mrs. Melissa Lindt
    Mr. Frederic C. Sohl
    Mr. Martin Sommer
    Mrs. Olivia Vetesi

    Student Members
    Mr. Manuel Greisinger
    Mr. Joseph Evans

    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
    The GABA community on our community website at Miaplaza is growing! Check out the latest pictures from the GABA Wine-Tasting event on April 27 as well as pictures and announcements from GABA members by registering here.

    Member News
    GABA Members Dirk Michels, EJ Dieterle, Wolfram Doelker and Reinhard Haeckl are holding a series of seminars "Market-Entry USA" seminars in Europe. The Seminar-Dates are:
    Stuttgart: May-22 / Monday
    Berlin: May-23 / Tuesday
    Munich: May-24 / Wednesday
    Paris: May-30 / Tuesday
    For further details please contact: [email protected]

    Premium member Feldberg Pacific Law Group represented a U.S. based private equity fund in the acquisition of a strategic minority stake of 40% of Ableton AG, Berlin/Germany. Ableton is a leading and worldwide operating music software company. The existing venture capital investors Ventegis Capital AG and IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH, both Berlin, sold their equity stakes to the U.S. based private equity fund, a strategic investor and active in the music software industry, for an undisclosed amount. For more details see the article published in FAZ Online at For more information on Feldberg Pacific Law Group please contact Achim Hoelzle, Esq. at [email protected]

    Peritus Precision Translations, Inc. is proud to announce that we provided the translations for award-winning magazines for Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, a leading European management consulting firm. "think: act", the executive magazine by Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, has received the renowned "Mercury Award" in New York. Two of the elements according to which the publication was judged clearly reflect the high quality of the translation: 1) how well the material is communicated to the designated audience, 2) the overall expression of the message. For additional Peritus News, please feel free to check our website under Tel: 650-631-6667.

    The California Clean Tech Open is a state-wide business plan competition to discover and launch the next generation of cleantech companies! We hope to find and support Entrepreneurs, Technologists and Businesspeople committed to starting cleantech companies. Winners in each of five cleantech categories will receive everything needed to launch their businesses: $100,000 in seed funding ($50,000 for runners up), free professional services (legal, finance, public relations), free office space for one year, tremendous publicity, and mentoring from experienced entrepreneurs. Go to to learn about the competition.

    The IIC (Industrial Investment Council) is happy to announce that Claus Habermeier has joined the IIC team in the Palo Alto office. Claus will continue the good work which Steffen Weber started in the semiconductor, internet and IT industries.

    New GABA corporate member Vortel GmbH (Wallstrasse 15, D-10179 Berlin, Tel. +49 30 80932200) offers a "plug & dial" Internet telephony solution for residential and small business users wishing to save money on their international phone calls. For Germans in the U.S. (or anybody else calling Germany frequently) Vortel offers a monthly flatrate for EUR 12,95. The Germany Flatrate offers unlimited calling to the German fixed phone network. In addition, customers can order a German phone number, which rings wherever the Linksys adapter is plugged into a high-speed Internet connection (for this service an address in Germany is required). The Linksys adapter is part of the Vortel Starter Kit, available for a one-time fee of EUR 79,95 (or EUR 49,95 for flatrate customers). More information is available at (English site) and (German site).

    Dillen Communications, an international business consultancy, is pleased to announce its expanded presence in the Bay Area, with offices at 875 Greenwich St. in San Francisco. "We offer public affairs and other services to German and American corporations interested in exploiting opportunities for growth in the U.S. and Europe, including Germany, Italy and Eastern Europe," said CEO Mark Dillen. For more information, visit

    Mindjet Corporation has sold nearly one million licenses of its productivity software MindManager, which enables individuals and teams in Global 2,000 companies to visually connect and synthesize ideas and information. Founded in Germany in 1993, Mindjet has been headquartered in Larkspur for the past few years, with worldwide operations and offices in Frankfurt and Northampton/UK. At the end of May, the fast-growing company will leave Marin and move to San Francisco where it will reside in Levi Plaza's Koshland Building. In honor of its German roots, Mindjet is launching a special campaign this month to encourage soccer fans to plan their trips to the World Cup using MindManager maps. Click here to learn more. Free trials of the award-winning software are available at

    On a recent visit to Cologne, Germany, GABA member and volunteer Tim Bonnemann started Web Monday, an informal meetup aimed at bringing together users, developers, founders, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, researchers, web pioneers, bloggers, podcasters, designers and other folks interested in web 2.0 (in the broadest sense). The goal is to better connect the German web 2.0 scene as well as encourage transatlantic exchange between Germany and Silicon Valley. Since November 2005, Web Monday has spread fast, with meetings now being held in all major German cities. The first Web Monday Silicon Valley is scheduled for June 12, 2006. For more information, please check out the Web Monday wiki:

    Job Board
    GABA is looking for a part-time intern or volunteer to help with event preparation and organization, membership and daily business. We are looking for a committed, reliable volunteer who can help on a regular basis for at least 4-6 months. Needs to be customer-oriented, able to work independently and pay attention to detail. Tasks will include preparation, marketing and follow-up of events, being present at the events to help with registration and execution, talking to members and prospects, preparation of the monthly newsletter, and helping with general business items such as correspondence, phone calls etc.
    Approximately 10-15 hours/week, based in Mountain View. Native German speaker preferred.
    This is an excellent opportunity for someone to benefit from GABA's extensive network in the Bay Area, meet interesting people and attend high-level events. Please send your application to [email protected].

    The German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV) is looking for a Head of Administration (Verwaltungsleiter/in) in Mountain View. Please visit for more details.

    The German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV) is looking for a certified P.E. teacher and Afternoon School Program teacher in Mountain View. Please visit for more details.

    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.

    Visit GABA's industry groups... »

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