GABA eNews, July 2006
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  July 2006 
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  • GABA Events in July
  • GABA Co-Sponsored Events
  • New/Renewing Members
  • Member News
  • 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.

    GABA members and their guests had a great time supporting the German National team for the Soccer World Cup, GABA hosted 3 events for the opening game, quarterfinals and semifinals together with the State of Bavaria and Fidus Brokers, Inc. Please visit GABA's website for pictures.

    GABA Events in July
    GABA-Munich: European Semiconductor Startups
    Wednesday, July 12 2006, 6:00pm - 10:00pm
    Rosenheimer Str. 145 C - 1. OG, 81671 München
    For more information, please visit GABA's website.

    GABA-CA: Current Trends in Service Oriented Architectures (SOA)
    Thursday July 18th, 6-9 pm
    SAP Labs, Building D, 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304
    Get up to speed on this rapidly evolving technology by attending this SOA event sponsored by Rogue Wave Software, featuring a panel discussion by industry experts from Intel, SAP etc. For more information, please visit GABA's website, please contact to RSVP.

    GABA-Berlin Stammtisch
    Thursday, July 20th, 7-10pm
    Habel Weinkultur, Luisenstrasse 19, Berlin (
    Free to attend; for more information and to RSVP, please contact

    GABA-Hamburg Stammtisch
    Friday, July 21st, 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, July 18th, 7-10pm
    Alpine Inn, 3915 Alpine Rd, Menlo Park, CA, (650) 854-4004
    Please note the different location! We will try this location this summer, it is a very casual, "urige" atmosphere and we will be sitting outside in the Biergarten, bring your whole family. 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.

    Save the Date!
    Wine Tasting and Tour at Paul Hobbs Winery Members-Only Event!

    Saturday, August 12th, 2006, 2:00pm - 4:30pm
    Join GABA for a sunny and tasty adventure in beautiful Russian River Valley. The afternoon will begin with a guided tour through the winery and wine cellar, where you will learn how this special wine is made. Famous winemaker and GABA Member Paul Hobbs is hosting GABA for a special summer event at his winery. To learn more about his winery and wines please go to For more information, please visit GABA's website, please contact to RSVP.

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    GABA Co-Sponsored Events
    SVASE Main Event: Internet Advertising Models: What's Working, What's Not, What's Coming?
    Thursday July 6th, 6-8:30 pm
    Pricing: Members $20; Affiliate $29 General Public - $49
    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR Campus), 950 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, 94304
    Come & hear about trends & opinions from Jonathan Abrams, Founder & CEO, Socializr, Friendster, Philip Kaplan, Founder & CEO of Adbrite, F*ckedCompany & more, Sharon Wienbar, Managing Director, BA Venture Partners, Gokul Rajaram, Product Management Director, Google AdSense, Ujjal Kohli, CEO, Rhythm New Media. For more information, please visit SVASE's website.

    Patron Corporate Member MaCS, Marketing-Communications-Services is hosting the following webinar:
    How to Persuade European Editors to Write About Your Company
    Date: July 19, 2006
    Time: 9.00 am to 10.00 pm PDT
    Registration at: When it comes to PR outside the United States, how you communicate your message to analysts and editors, who in turn will communicate it to the market at large, is critical. If you don't fully understand how PR in their respective countries work, they aren't likely to write about your company, or even worse, their message may not be what you intend to communicate to your audiences. To surmount that challenge, you have to communicate the message using the right cultural approach, the appropriate language, all the while adhering to local communication standards.

    New/Renewing Members
    Patron Corporate Member
    Fidus Brokers, Inc - Frank Schroeter (

    Premium Corporate Member
    Cooley Godward LLP - Daniel Zimmermann (

    Basic Corporate
    Helmut Schott, Consulting
    Elliot & Mayock LLP
    Colloquium on Quantum Phenomena, Consciousness, and Being

    Individual Members
    Beate Janke
    Dennis Kane
    Marina Naujocks-Mix
    Claas Nieraad
    Tim Schlaegel
    Rainer Urbach
    Steffen Weber

    Student Members
    Michael Metzger

    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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    Member News
    Miaplaza is hosting the worlds largest fan photo album for the 2006 soccer world cup. More than 2000 photos have been uploaded already, including pictures from the GABA soccer breakfasts to celebrate the games against Costa Rica and Argentina. Check out the photo album at!

    When it comes to translations, "You cannot beat the power of the human brain for many years to come," says Dagmar Dolatschko, the president and founder of Peritus Precision Translations, Inc. in a recent interview by the San Francisco Chronicle. Dolatschko's team arranged for a linguist to play an Iraqi speaker at the demonstration of an SRI-developed device that can recognize words and understand simple foreign phrases. While the new technology will certainly come in handy during simple exchanges in places like urban hospitals and military settings where no interpreters are available, it remains to be seen when a computer will be able to catch the different meanings of the English word "trunk". To read the entire article, published in the San Francisco Chronicle on Monday, May 29, 2006, please click here.

    Go West Internships, Inc. has recently changed its name to USA Career Start. Please check out our new website at Located in northern California, USA Career Start places international students and graduates from top universities in short and long term internships in the United States. The majority of our interns come from Germany and Mexico and are placed in successful and growing US companies in California and the west coast. If you have any questions about our programs or would like to host an intern please contact us at

    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.

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