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

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    GABA Events in November
    The Smart Vehicle
    Wednesday, November 8 2006, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    SAP Labs, Building D, 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304
    Cars are becoming smarter and smarter: Over 30% of the cost of a new car is electronics - the trend is growing. Navigation systems, intelligent saftey systems, wireless communication and a multitude of sensors support today's driver. In addition, the supporting infrastructure around the driver becomes more intelligent - built-in sensors in the road, communication between vehicles themselves and to the road are on the rise.What are the current developments, what can we expect in the future - what are the emerging business challenges and opportunities. For more information, please visit GABA's website.

    Life Science Facilities: Decision Making Criteria For Winning Proposals
    Tuesday, November 14 2006, 6:00am - 9:00pm
    Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham LLP, Four Embarcadero Center, 10th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111
    The need for life science or healthcare facilities in California is on a sharp rise. You are in the position of either evaluating or writing proposals. You want to make an informed decision as fast as possible - either which proposal to choose or if it is worthwhile to submit a proposal. This requires a clearly defined set of decision-making criteria as well as an explicit request for proposals that facilitates a "go - no go" decision for the service provider. This evening event offers an insight in the current processes of decision makers for larger or smaller Life Science Facility projects and the opportunity to discuss threshold criteria for winning proposals. For more information, please visit GABA's website.

    GABA-Bavaria Bay Area Stammtisch
    Wednesday, November 15 2006, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
    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, November 16 2006, 7:00-10:00pm
    Habel Weinkultur, Luisenstrasse 19, Berlin (
    Free to attend; for more information and to RSVP, please contact

    GABA-Hamburg Stammtisch
    Friday, November 17 2006 7:00-10:00pm
    Hamburg Business Club, Dorint Hotel, Alter Wall 40,20457 Hamburg (
    Free to attend; for more information and to RSVP, please contact Holger Ritter

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    Co-sponsored Events
    Web Monday Silicon Valley
    Monday, November 6, 2006, 7:30-8:30pm
    Cooley Godward Kronish LLP, 3175 Hanover Street, Palo Alto, CA
    Web Monday is an informal gathering in and around Germany about all topics internet (web 2.0 and beyond). You're invited to join us for the third Silicon Valley edition. For more information and to RSVP please go to or

    SVASE Main Event: "The Art Of The Start"
    November 8 2006, 8:00am - 3:15pm
    Microsoft Building 1, 1065 La Avenida St, Mountain View, CA
    On November 8, 2006, SVASE will present The Art of the Start, a full-day conference all about helping entrepreneurs succeed, offering time-tested, battle-hardened business strategies and the opportunity to meet experienced entrepreneurs and investors.
    Pricing: EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION SVASE Members - $125; Non-Members - $145
    For more information, please visit SVASE's website.

    SVASE Event: "Launch: Silicon Valley Venture Showcase"
    November 11 2006, 4:30am - 9:30pm
    Microsoft Building 1, 1065 La Avenida St, Mountain View, CA
    Launch: Silicon Valley is not a pitchfest or a beauty pageant. Companies will not be pitching for funding; they will be looking for buzz, customers, mindshare, and possibly talent and partners. Launch: Silicon Valley wants to focus on finding companies that are not already well-funded and well-known, and that can't afford their own fancy PR campaigns and the exorbitant fee to present at similar events in San Francisco or some elegant resort.
    Pricing: EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION SVASE Members - $125; Non-Members - $145
    For more information, please visit http://

    St. Martin Lantern Parade at the German International School of Silicon Valley
    Friday, November 10th at 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,

    The German-American International School and the German-American Saturday School are co-hosting the Lantern Parade
    Friday, November 10 at 6pm, 275 Elliott Drive, Menlo Park.
    Join us to celebrate the legend of St. Martin by singing and parading around the neighborhood with our way lit by the children's lanterns. At 6pm, we start with a shadow theatre performance about the legend of St. Martin and how he showed us by example the importance of sharing. Following the performance, everybody will join in a walk around the neighborhood holding their candle-lit lanterns and singing songs. Warm apple cider awaits us at the School after the parade. Weckmänner/Martinsmänner will be available for purchase for $ 3 a piece.

    Monday, November 13th , 7-9pm, OPEN HOUSE at the German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV) East Bay Campus, (2727 College Avenue, Berkeley, 650.254.0748, GISSV opens with a Kindergarten class in Fall 2007. Bilingual program in German and English. The GISSV is accredited by the German Government.

    La Soirée
    Saturday, November 18, 2006 at 5:30-9:30pm
    The Hyatt Regency, 5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco
    This is a time to celebrate the harvest in a grandiose atmosphere of Food and Wine tasting. If you can't make it to France in time for the traditional celebration of the uncorking of the first wine of the year, join us with an estimated 1000 guests for an evening of celebration right here in San Francisco. This is the best annual festival in town.
    GABA members will receive the member price!
    For more information and to RSVP, please visit

    Authentic German Advent Wreaths Sale
    November 26, 2006, 10am-5pm
    860 Renetta Ct, Los Altos
    Fresh, handmade wreaths with candles and decoration in many colors and styles from 40$ onwards.
    Pre-order until 11/20, choose your color and size and make sure there is one for you!
    Just call Petra at (650) 917-1978 or e-mail to

    New/Renewing Members
    Extended Corporate Members

    Basic Coporate Members
    Electro Works

    Individual Members
    Dr. Robert Blum
    Martin Doettling
    Steffen Frost
    Hartmut Gerdes
    Gerd D Goette
    Jennifer Kwan
    Regina Qiu

    Student Members
    Stefan Ahrensdorf
    Nicolas Hantzsch
    Hanni Kruggel

    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
    Please visit GABA's website to check out all the special deals.

    Member News
    The CMK-Consulting LLC, your partner for Recruitment for High-tech, Biotech & Executive Coaching, is offering all GABA Members following discount:
    • 30% discount on our retainer fees for recruitment
    • 10% discount on Execuitive coaching package for 3 executives
    • 20% discount on Executive coaching for 5 and more
    Only valid from October 1st to December 31st 2006

    Right before the Holiday season Edith Schneider Jewelry & Accessories's opening days have changed. For the months of November and December we will be open every day from 10am till 5pm! Now you can find unique gifts, one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry and accessories at our store every day of the week. Stroll around in the beautiful gardens, have lunch at the restaurant and visit our store right at the entrance of the main parking lot. For more information please visit or contact Edith Schneider at or 650-327-2545.

    International Executive Service Corps (IESC), founded in 1964 by David Rockefeller and other distinguished Americans, is a non-profit, professional economic development organization that relies on a variety of resources to fulfill its mission, including volunteer experts, professional staff, and strategic partners. It is our mission to promote stability and prosperity through private enterprise development throughout the world. Over the past forty-two years, IESC has sent volunteers and consultants to more than 130 countries worldwide to deliver firm-level, technical assistance. We are actively recruiting new volunteers and/or paid consultants, particularly in the energy and power distribution reforms sector. In these sectors, IESC is helping to promote the use of clean water and energy resources, renewable energy technologies, and low-polluting fuels. We are also helping State Electricity Boards and Power Distribution Companies to minimize energy waste, thus more efficiently providing consumers with reliable power. Generally, our experts have a minimum of 10 years of technical, professional experience in their field. For more information please contact Jeff Ruff at or 202-589-2641.

    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

    Job Board
    German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV) / East Bay Campus, (Berkeley, College Avenue) 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 and/or elementary school in Europe and/or US. Fluent English necessary as well as excellent German. Begin: August 1st 2007, internship at the GISSV recommended ca. 3-4 weeks between now and June. For more information please go to information: www.gissv.orgor or 650-254-0748.

    German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV) / East Bay Campus, (Berkeley, College Avenue) is looking for a High School Teacher (Gymnasiallehrer) for German/World History/the Arts. Excellent German and English necessary. For more information please go to or or 650-254-0748.

    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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