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  December 2006 
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  • GABA Events in December
  • Co-sponsored Events
  • New/Renewing Members
  • 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.

    GABA Events in December
    Business Finance Climate 2007
    Thursday, December 7 2006, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    German Consulate General, 1960 Jackson Street(at Gough), San Francisco, 94109
    GABA-CA and the German Consulate present this opportunity to meet leading international venture capital and private equity fund managers from Europe, Germany and the U.S. who will share their views of next year's overall financial climate and funding for international technology companies. We will celebrate the close of this year in the beautiful surroundings of the German Consulate in San Francisco . Don't miss this opportunity to share invaluable knowledge, learn key strategies for success, and for a unique networking experience. For more information, please visit GABA's website.

    Trends in Real Estate
    Tuesday, December 12 2006, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
    Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham LLP, 630 Hansen Way, Palo Alto, CA 94304
    Have we experienced a burst bubble in the real estate market? Are you wondering and worrying about overvalued markets? Are you looking for an undervalued market with potential hyper-growth indicators? Where is the market? What are the current developments, what can we expect in the future - what are the emerging business challenges and opportunities? We will summarize the current state of affairs in the real estate industry combined with a compendium of local conditions indicating what is happening or could happen from commercial, residential, financial and investment related aspects. For more information, please visit GABA's website.

    GABA' s German Christmas Party --Irvine Style
    Thursday, December 14 2006, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
    Mercedes Benz Classic Center, 9 Whatney, Irvine, CA 92618
    The Mercedes Benz Classic Center, with its 120 years of automotive history, is the perfect setting for this year's GABA Christmas Party. German food. German cars. German...and American friends. Come alone, or better yet, bring a guest to share this special evening with. The party is open to members and non- members. We look forward to seeing you in Irvine, Thursday, December 14th at 6:30 pm. For more information, please visit GABA's website.

    GABA-Bavaria Bay Area Stammtisch
    Wednesday, December 13 2006, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
    Teskes-Germania Restaurant, 255 N. First Street at Devin, San Jose, 408-292-0291
    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-Hamburg Stammtisch
    Friday, December 15 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 [email protected].

    GABA-Berlin Stammtisch
    Thursday, December 21 2006, 7:00-10:00pm
    Habel Weinkultur, Luisenstrasse 19, Berlin (
    Free to attend; for more information and to RSVP, please contact [email protected].

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

    Co-sponsored Events
    Saturday, December 9th , OPEN HOUSE PK-12 at the German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV) Pre-school, Kindergarten and school grades 1-12. , Saturday school. Bilingual program in German and English up to the German International Abitur.
    For more information please visit
    310 Easy Street, Mountain View, 650.254.0748, [email protected].

    The German American International School invites you to join us for the ANNUAL HOLIDAY FESTIVAL, (Saturday, December 9th, 2006; 2-5PM at German American International School, 275 Elliott Drive, Menlo Park, CA 94025) Holiday concert performed by our students, holiday boutique, lots of fun activities for children. No Admission Fee.
    For more information please visit or contact 650-324-8617.

    RSAŽ Conference 2007 Innovation Station RSAŽ Conference is looking for the most innovative emerging company in the information security industry for its Innovation Station - held in conjunction with RSA Conference 2007, February 5-9, 2007 at San Francisco's Moscone Center. The Conference is currently accepting nominations for pre-IPO companies as candidates for the Innovation Station. Once selected, these privately-held companies are provided with a unique opportunity to showcase new products or services to a judging panel comprised of leading venture capital investors, CSOs, press, and industry experts.
    The winner will be named "the most innovative new company" at RSA Conference 2007 and be promoted on the RSA Conference 2007 Web site, in a follow-on press release - and also be provided two individual face-to-face meetings with members of the judging panel after the Conference (subject to availability).
    To nominate your company as a candidate for the Innovation Station, please visit Nominations will close on Friday, December 8, 2006 at 5:00pm PDT.

    New/Renewing Members
    Patron Corporate
    Mentor Graphics

    Premium Corporate
    Daimler Chrysler

    Extended Corporate Real Estate Services
    High Tech Passport, Ltd.
    German American International School

    Basic Corporate
    German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV)
    Lumen Intellectual Property Services
    Marwit Capital
    ZMD America, Inc.

    Individual Members
    Michael Dewberry
    Michael Herrler
    Jennifer Kwan
    Hermann Novak
    Nils Phulmann

    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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    Member News
    Fidus Brokers, Inc., Residential Real Estate Brokerage in Mountain View offers free home buyer seminars. The road to buying your next home can be fraught with potholes, detours and hazards. Or it can be easy and understandable. If you prefer the latter, attend Fidus' free homebuyer seminars! Any interested company can request a free 2-hour seminar home buyer seminar for their employees at their campuses. The Fidus real estate experts will discuss:
    • How to find the right home in this recent market (and what to look out for)
    • The purchase offer, offer acceptance and contingencies
    • The escrow process
    • Finances
    • do you qualify? Mortgage options, term length, fixed vs. adjustable, low down payment, PMI
    GABA members and their affiliates also receive a 10% discount on any Fidus service. The discount applies to any Fidus service, including service packages and full-service listings.
    For more information please visit please contact Frank Schroeter at 650-943-2450.

    Edith Schneider Jewelry & Accessories has new exciting pieces for the Holiday season. Festive purses, elegant bags and extraordinary scarves, wraps and umbrellas. Everything is handmade and one-of-a-kind. You can find special gifts for your loved ones, glass ornaments and - of course - jewelry!
    Edith Schneider Jewelry & Accessories is located at the Allied Arts Guild ( in Menlo Park. The Allied Arts Guild is an enchanting complex of shops, gardens, artists' studios, and a restaurant nestled in a quiet corner of a lovely residential community. Allied Arts is the perfect venue for celebrations, weddings, receptions, birthdays, anniversaries, business meetings and seminars. Special events and seasonal celebrations are held throughout the year. Come to shop, stay for lunch, and enjoy the gardens."
    For more information please visit

    Sterntaler Bakery provides an exceptional Traditional Christmas Stollen that can be ordered online and shipped or delivered. It comes specially packaged in a beautifully designed gift box. Our highly acclaimed Stollen has already made it to many parts of North America, and is also available at some of the most exclusive retail locations in the San Francisco Bay Area. If you would like to make a lasting impression with a gift this year, then the Traditional Christmas Stollen from Sterntaler Bakery is the perfect opportunity.
    For additional information, please visit our website at www.sterntalerbakery.comand don't hesitate to contact us at [email protected] or(650)598-9213.

    LinkedIn announces that it has reached the 3 million member mark in Europe and is announcing it's entry into the German market. The company is currently searching for a Germany-based Managing Director (more info at LinkedIn is also announcing special conditions for German and Austrian LinkedIn members. Members can earn premium services valued $205 to $1,950 and qualify for a free flight to California, where they will have an opportunity to meet with well-known LinkedIn members, such as the founders of YouTube, Wikipedia, Flickr and PayPal. Details of this offer are at

    Job Board
    HighTech Passport, Ltd, Internationalization and Localization Services, in San Jose, CA, has an opening for a Localization Project Manager, native language German. We are looking for industry professional with a proven track record of managing complex translation projects within budget and on time. Excellent English written and verbal communication skills are required. Experience with maintaining client accounts is very much desired. If you adhere to highest quality standards and are looking for a position in a multicultural, cross-functional team, please send your application titled "GABA PM Position" to [email protected]. For a detailed description of this job, please visit: .

    HighTech Passport, Ltd, Internationalization and Localization Services, is seeking a Senior Software Localization Engineer. The successful applicant has min. 3 years of experience related to localization/internationalization, is technically competent with the ability to work to tight project deadlines, and provides a high level of interaction across departments and with our clients. He/she possesses the organizational and people-management skills needed to lead projects and our team of dedicated engineers in our US and European offices. If you are interested, please send your application titled "GABA L10N Engineer" to [email protected]. For a detailed description of this job, please visit: .

    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:

    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.

    Visit GABA's industry groups... »

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