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  October 2006 
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  • GABA Events in October
  • Co-sponsored Events
  • New/Renewing Members
  • GABA News
  • Member News
  • Job Board
  • GABA Affiliates
  • GABA Industry Groups

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    GABA's monthly eNewsletter features information about German-American business in California and Germany.

    GABA Events in October
    GABA-NorCal Oktoberfest By The Bay Gemuetlichkeit Night
    Thursday, October 12th, 5pm-12am
    Fort Mason, San Francisco
    GABA-CA hosts Gemuetlichkeit Night, a special night out at the Bay Area's largest Oktoberfest celebration. At a reduced group rate of $17 instead of $25, GABA members and friends or clients can enjoy networking and fun with other local businesses and corporate groups. Admission includes a Spaten beer in commemorative souvenir glass and bratwurst. GABA members will get preferred seating! Please RSVP to by Friday, Oct. 6th.

    GABA-SoCal Golf Tournament
    Monday, October 16 2006, 11:30am - 8:00pm
    We are kicking off our cooperation with the British American Business Council in Orange County with a bang! Join us for a golf tournament at the great Tustin Ranch Golf Course. Use this day to Entertain your clients, meet new people from the BABC and attending golfers, and make new business contacts. For more information, please visit GABA's website. Please RSVP to or call (949) 266-5829.

    GABA-NorCal: Solar Energy: Driving the cost down
    Tuesday, October 17 2006, 6:00pm - 9:30pm
    GABA is proud to announce the launch of a new Clean Technology Industry Group. The Clean Technology Industry has evolved rapidly over the last years, with venture investments in the sector more than doubling from last year. Especially the solar energy sector, with major IPOs like Q-Cells, Ersol, SunPower, REC and SunTech Power has caught the attention of investors, technologists and entrepreneurs all around the globe. For more information, please visit GABA's website. Please RSVP to

    GABA-Bavaria Bay Area Stammtisch
    Wednesday, October 18th, 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. No RSVP needed; free to attend.

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

    GABA-Hamburg Stammtisch
    Friday, October 20th, 7-10pm
    Hamburg Business Club, Oberstr. 14, Hamburg (
    Free to attend; for more information and to RSVP, please contact Holger Ritter

    GABA-NorCal Oktoberfest
    Thursday, October 26th 5-7pm
    Carroll, Burdick & McDonough LLP, 44 Montgomery, Suite 400, San Francisco
    GABA and the German American Chamber of Commerce invite you to join us for an evening of networking around some German beer and sausages. For more information and to RSVP please contact: Nichole Kohake at 415-743-2449 or

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    Co-sponsored Events
    TiE Silicon Valley & SVASE JOB FAIR for Emerging Growth Companies
    Thursday, Oct 05, 2006, 05:30 PM - 09:00 PM
    TiE Conference Center, 2903 Bunker Hill Lane, Suite 108, Santa Clara, CA 95054
    Not just another job fair, the TIE-SVASE Emerging Growth Companies Job Fair is dedicated to serving technology startups and the job seekers who want to join high growth teams! Focus is mid to senior level professional and managerial talent to round out developmental, sales, marketing and finance teams. For more information and to register, please visit the TiE website.

    IBF: Capital Investing in India
    Tuesday, October 10, 2006
    The Fairmont, San Francisco, CA
    With India's 15-year-old reforms process taking effect, India is poised to be one of the fastest growing economies and now the prime target for the VC community. Aided by a maturing domestic market and a projected 6-plus percent GDP growth rate, India's stock markets are booming like never before and the investment climate, business productivity and technology growth are peaking. This now offers VCs the best promises of returns from the country. Consistent expansion of their IT market also contributes to a continued climb in venture capital investments and with the rising number of US investments as a backdrop, IBF is proud to present its first Venture Investing in India Conference. For more information or to register, please click here. When registering, please use discount code S-GABA to receive a $200.00 discount off the regular registration rate.

    b>Southern California Oktoberfest
    Thursday, Oct 12, 2006, 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
    Old Mill in San Marino
    You're invited to OKTOBERFEST! GABA member Fred Sohl is hosting the San Marino Chamber of Commerce's October Mixer. For those from down South who can't join the Bay area's fun that evening, join Fred for some Southern California-style "Gemuetlichkeit". Call him at 626-665-2758 for details and directions, or call the San Marino Chamber of Commerce at 626-286-1022.

    IBF: Early Stage Venture Capital Investing Conference
    October 24 - 25, 2006
    The San Jose Marriott Hotel
    301 South Market Street , San Jose , CA -95113
    This event, now celebrating its 7th anniversary, serves as a major industry gathering for over 300 early stage investors and is annually chaired by Vincent Occhipinti, Managing Director of Woodside Fund and Chairman, Early Stage Venture Capital Alliance. Featuring over 10 in-depth panel discusssions over the 2-day program, industry experts will share a wealth of knowledge and exchange insights on the changing climate for funding startups. For more information or to register, please click here. When registering, please use discount code S-GABA to receive a $200.00 discount off the regular registration rate.

    IBF: Mobile & Wireless Investing Summit
    October 25 - 26, 2006
    The San Jose Marriott Hotel
    301 South Market Street , San Jose , CA -95113
    Wireless Investor Forum brings together leading venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, executives of leading companies and service providers in the mobile and wireless space to shape the future of the wireless industry. This year's focus is to dialog on business models that will help navigate the future and drive increased valuation in the industry for startups, as well as mature companies. For more information or to register, please click here. When registering, please use discount code S-GABA to receive a $200.00 discount off the regular registration rate.

    St. Martin Lantern Parade at the German International School of Silicon Valley
    Friday, November 10th 6pm
    310 Easy Street, Mountain View, 650.254.0748
    Hand-made lanterns will light the way of the 7th annual GISSV St. Martin Children's Parade. In the spirit of this traditional German holiday, children will sing and parade through the community with colorful 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 - German International School of Silicon Valley located at 310 Easy Street, Mountain View, 650.254.0748,

    New/Renewing Members
    Basic Corporate Members

    Individual Members
    Christof Baumbach
    Wolfgang Beez
    Sebastian Blum
    Constance Rose
    Ralph Silver
    Christian Stukenbrock

    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
    GABA is launching a member-to-member benefit program. If your company would like to offer special conditions to GABA members, please contact

    GABA has currently a membership promotion. If you join before October 31, 2006, you will receive admission to any TWO GABA EVENTS FOR FREE. Please contact for more information or to sign up.

    Member News
    Patron Corporate Sponsor Cooley Godward LLP, a national leader in representing technology and life sciences companies and litigating high-stakes commercial and intellectual property disputes, has merged with Kronish Lieb Weiner & Hellman LLP, a premier 110-lawyer New York firm with highly ranked bankruptcy, tax and complex commercial and white collar litigation practices. The name of the combined 550-attorney firm will be Cooley Godward Kronish LLP.

    The German School of Silicon Valley in Mountain View will offer a European style Holiday Market (Weihnachtsmarkt) on Saturday, December 2, 2006 from 2 pm to 6 pm. They are currently accepting reservations from Artists and Vendors. If you would like to participate, please get in contact with Sandra Brotz

    Next Step is holding a public workshop on "How to Sell the Real Value of your Solution" on November 9 and December 7. In this interactive discussion you will learn new ways to look at why customers buy from you and how you can best define YOUR uniquely valuable offering to clients and prospects. Next Step will give GABA members a 15% discount from regular price. Please contact for details on registration.

    Job Board
    GABA member Merk Investments is hiring; the firm has an immediate opening for an 'early-bird' part-time administrative position from 5:30am-9:30am PT. Please contact for details.

    Fujitsu Siemens is looking for an experienced software engineer who has developed kernel software for Linux and / or Solaris systems. This is a very interesting opportunity within a great team working on bleeding edge middleware products for data centers in a very flexible and rewarding environment.
    Interested applicants may contact the Director HR, Sharon Winfield;

    German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV) - East Bay Campus, (Berkeley, College Avenue) is looking for a German speaking Kindergarten teacher with experience in Kindergarten in Europe and/or US and a fluent English. For more information please go to
    Begin: August 1st 2007, internship at the GISSV recommended

    The State of Bavaria United States Office (West Coast Division) in Palo Alto is offering internship positions in international business development, marketing research and international trade issues. The duration of the internship is a minimum of three months but can be extended to one year. Senior university students and recent graduates who want to gain practical experience within a small team are encouraged to apply. Please contact Ms. Leonie Aherton at or +1-650-380-1155 for further 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:

    Clean Tech IG
    California and Germany stand out as well established clean tech leaders and attractive target markets. The Industry Group's aim is to enable the exchange of ideas & contacts, provide a platform for the discussion of relevant industry trends and foster transatlantic business and relationships between German and US corporations in order to add value to all participating partners. Visit our website for more information.

    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.

    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.

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

    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.

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