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  June 2006 
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  • GABA Events in June
  • 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

    GABA Events in June
    GABA-CA: Opening Party of the Soccer World Cup 2006
    Friday, June 9 2006, 8:30am - 11:30am
    Gordon Biersch Brewery, 640 Emerson St, Palo Alto
    The State of Bavaria West Coast Office invites you in cooperation with GABA to join us for an Opening Party of the Soccer World cup 2006 Live transmission of the opening game from Munich: Germany vs. Costa Rica
    A traditional Bavarian style breakfast with sausages, pretzels and beer will be served.
    This event is free of charge for GABA members(pre-registration required). Please RSVP no later than Tuesday, June 6, 2006 at
    (Cost for all other guests and door registration: $35)

    GABA-Berlin Stammtisch
    Thursday, June 15th, 7-10pm
    Habel Weinkultur, Luisenstrasse 19, Berlin (
    Free to attend; for more information and to RSVP, please contact

    GABA-Hamburg Stammtisch
    Friday, June, 16th, 7-10pm
    Hamburg Business Club, Oberstr. 14, Hamburg (
    Free to attend; for more information and to RSVP, please contact Holger Ritter

    GABA-Bavaria Bay Area Stammtisch
    Wednesday, June 21th, 7-10pm
    Teskes-Germania Restaurant, 255 N. First Street at Devin, San Jose (
    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-CA: Mobile Movie Making and Financing
    Thurssday June 22nd, 6-9 pm
    SAP Labs, Building D, 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304
    The landscape of movie production and financing has changed, from a model in which the studios make everything, to one where new moguls are coming out of the dot com boom. This presentation will explain how traditional financing models compare to new ones, and present a case study on how to structurea film project to achieve maximum returns and downside protection for investors. For more information, please visit GABA's website, please contact to RSVP.

    Germany California Day in Sacramento
    Monday, June 26 2006, 8:00am - 5:00pm
    The German American Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the German American Business Association and supported by the German Consulate General, San Francisco, will host a special Legislative Reception at the California State Capitol in Sacramento on June 26th. The evening will focus on strengthening bi-lateral relationships and collaborating on business opportunities specifically those geared towards German-Californian relations.
    This reception is an exclusive event "by invitation only", please contact for more information.

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

    GABA Co-Sponsored Events
    SVASE Main Event
    Capitalizing On Emerging Markets & Technologies
    Thursday June 1, 6:00-8:30 pm
    WSGR, 950 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304
    Are markets driving the need for technologies, or is it the other way around? And what technologies are hot in which geographic and user markets? For more information and to register, please visit

    17th Annual Venture Capital Investing Conference
    Wednesday, June 7 - Friday, June 9, 2006
    Renaissance Stanford Court, 905 California Street , San Francisco , CA 94108
    This conference boasts an unparalleled history with regard to quality of program and seniority of speakers and attendees. Planned with the assistance of our prestigious advisory board and peer input, attending will help you compare best practices and track industry trends. Known for uniting the most active investors, representing over a trillion $ dollars in capital, this three-day program is used as a vehicle for networking, business development, deal flow and industry insight. For more information and to register, please visit

    British American Business Council - East Bay
    Innovative Networking for Business
    Thursday, June 8, 2006, 5:30 pm-7:30 pm
    Bay Area World Trade Center, 544 Water Street, Oakland, CA
    Please join us for a presentation by Ron Bates, the Managing Principal of Executive Advantage Group and the U.S. Country Manager of Ecademy, the number one on-line network in the U.K. Ron is also the most connected individual on LinkedIn with over 25,000 direct contacts. For more information and to register, please visit

    Hispanic-Net Event
    PriceWaterHouseCoopers Venture Capital Survey Q1 2006 Results
    June 8th, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    Pillsbury Winthrop, 2475 Hanover Street, Palo Alto
    The MoneyTree Report is a quarterly study of venture capital investment activity in the United States. As a collaboration between PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association based upon data from Thomson Financial, it is the only industry-endorsed research of its kind. For more information and to register, please visit
    GABA members will get a special "Two-for-One" deal, please mention at registration!

    AsiaCom Forum
    Global Communications Strategies - Seeing through the Eyes of Asian Editors
    Wednesday, June 14, 2006, 9-11am
    Techmart, Santa Clara
    In the Q&A session, you can ask what you always wanted to know about public relations in China, Korea, Taiwan, Japan and India, and find out how it is different from the US! For more information and to register, please visit
    Admission: $75, Contact: 408-246-6840 Ext. 100 or register at

    Business Marketing Association (BMA) International Marketing Roundtable
    Best Practices In (and Attitudes Toward) Localization
    Wednesday, June 21, 7:30 - 9:00 am
    Scott's Seafood Restaurant and Grill, 855 El Camino Real, Town and Country Shopping Center, Palo Alto, CA 94301
    Patron Corporate Member MaCS, Marketing-Communications-Services is hosting the Roundtable, where you can learn how to best localize and maintain Websites/collaterals and what you need to know when you choose a localization vendor. For more information and to register, please visit:

    New/Renewing Members
    Patron Corporate Member
    T-Systems North America, Uwe Wagner -

    Premium Corporate Member
    FeldbergPacific Startup Counsel, Achim Hoelzle -

    Extended Corporate Members
    i-d-online, Andre Wendt -

    Individual Members
    Mr. Thomas Beer
    Mr. Markus Brox
    Mr. Ludwig Fries
    Mr. Waheed Qureshi
    Mrs. Andrea Salah
    Mrs. Herta Schreiner
    Mr. Frederic Sohl
    Mr. Steven Weigand
    Mr. Christof Wittig
    Mr. Jonathan Zar

    For information on how to become a GABA Member, or to sign up online, please visit our website or contact membership@gaba-

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    GABA News
    We are glad to announce that Yiman Liu has been actively supporting GABA as a Programs Associate since May. She is engaged with the organization of GABA events, membership activities.

    Yiman Liu holds a Masters degree in political economy and a master degree in sociology. She is experienced in Project Management in international context and Translations. Her language skills, her own intercultural background and her former experiences in different fields as marketing, communication and event management make her a great addition to international operating companies or organizations.

    Member News
    Axel Merk, president of Basic Corporate Member Merk Investments LLC and manager of the Merk hard Currency fund, was on CNBC and Bloomberg TV five times in May explaining the fall of the dollar. For an overview of news coverage that includes Wall Street Journal and New York Times coverage, as well as analysis, visit

    Sterntaler Bakery - a new Bay Area German Bakery featuring authentic and top-quality German breads, rolls, rustic (streusel!) cakes, pastries and pretzels - is now offering their bakery products at several Farmers' Markets in the San Francisco Bay Area: Thursdays - San Carlos, Daly City and Los Altos; Saturdays - Santa Clara and South San Francisco; Sundays - Campbell.
    For more information, please visit

    Job Board
    Creative Weblogging is looking to fill the following position (please check the link to GABA career services for more information):

    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 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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