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  January 2007 
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  • GABA Events in January
  • 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), we wish all our supporters a Happy New Year!

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

    GABA Events in January
    GABA-Munich: What's new for German tax payers in 2007
    Tuesday, January 9 2007, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
    Munich Network - Netzwerk München e.V. , Prinzregentenstr. 18, 80538 München
    For more information, please visit GABA's website.

    GABA-Bavaria Bay Area Stammtisch
    Wednesday, January 17th 2007, 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. No RSVP needed; free to attend.

    GABA-Berlin Stammtisch
    Thursday, January 18th 2007, 7:00-10:00pm
    Habel Weinkultur, Luisenstrasse 19, Berlin (
    Free to attend; for more information and to RSVP, please contact [email protected].

    GABA-Hamburg Stammtisch
    Friday, January 19th 2007 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-NorCal: Social Networking & Web 2.0
    Thursday, January 25 2007, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    SAP Labs, Building D, 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304
    Many social networking and Web 2.0 Sites have German founders/co-founders. Amongst them are the two most successful business-related social networking platforms LinkedIn and OpenBC/Xing. Interest in Social Networking and Web 2.0 applications continues to grow. For more information and to register, please visit GABA's website.

    GABA-Munich: GABA goes East
    Tuesday, January 30 2007, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
    Hotel NH Dresden, Hansastr. 43, 01097 Dresden
    For more information, please visit GABA's website.

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    Co-sponsored Events
    OPEN HOUSE PK-12 at the German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV)
    Saturday, January 13th 2007, 10am - 1pm

    310 Easy Street, Mountain View, 650.254.0748, [email protected].
    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

    BABC: The Annual Economic Forecast Lunch
    Wednesday, January 17, 2007 11:45 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    The City Club, The Stock Exchange Tower, 155 Sansome, 11th Floor, San Francisco, CA
    This is an ideal opportunity to hear expert predictions for 2007 and discuss how local and global economic patterns will affect your business.
    You can reserve a place by calling the BABC office at 415.296.8645 or email [email protected]. GABA members will receive the member price!

    OPEN HOUSE at the German-American International School
    Saturday, January 20th 2007, 1-4pm

    German-American International School, 275 Elliott Drive, Menlo Park, CA 94025, 650-324-8617.
    Founded in 1988, GAIS offers bilingual excellent academic education from preschool through 8th grade. GAIS prepares students to be ready for the world. Are you?
    For more information please visit

    State of Bavaria U.S. Office for Economic Development / West Coast Division: Reception at Photonics West 2007
    January 23, 2007
    Sainte-Claire Hotel in San Jose
    The State of Bavaria West Coast Office in Palo Alto is giving a reception in cooperation with its partner region Quebec, Canada and the industry network 'bayern photonics' at Photonics West 2007. The event showcases what the partner regions Bavaria and Quebec have to offer in the fields of photonics and optics technology and offers a perfect opportunity to network with Bavarian and Quebec companies while enjoying Bavarian-Quebec hospitality.
    This event is by invitation only. If interested, please contact State of Bavaria U.S. Office for Economic Development / West Coast Division: [email protected] or call +1-650-566-1155.

    IBF: 6th Annual Nanotechnology Investing Forum Conference
    January 22-23 2007
    Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa, Palm Springs, CA
    Nanotechnology continues to receive growing attention from venture capital investors. Government, universities/labs, and corporations are fueling the growth of nanotech research into profitable commercial applications. The IBF Nanotech Investing Forum provides attendees with leading-edge information to profit from nanotech innovation. For more information or to register, please click here.

    IBF: 3rd Annual Clean-Technology Investor (CTI) Summit
    January 23-24 2007
    Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa, Palm Springs, CA
    Clean Tech is fast becoming one of the hottest areas of investment and technology development to be embraced by the venture capital community. This conference was developed to support Clean Tech as an industry where we can collectively respond to some of the world's biggest problems with financially driven solutions. The demand for cleaner technologies is on the rise. Attending this conference will highlight which areas pose the greatest risk & reward. For more information or to register, please click here.

    IBF: 9th Corporate Venturing, Strategic Partnering & IP Commercialization Conference
    January 24-25 2007
    Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa, Palm Springs, CA
    Attendees will hear the key fundamentals in successful corporate investing programs, alliances and commercialization process. This conference will provide an opportunity for corporate investors to network and share investing strategies and discuss options for portfolio companies and investing programs. For more information or to register, please click here.

    Web Monday Silicon Valley
    Monday, January 29 2007, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
    Cooley Godward Kronish LLP, 3175 Hanover Street, Palo Alto, CA
    Web Monday is an informal gathering (in and around Germany) aimed at bringing together developers, designers, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, researchers, web pioneers, inventors, bloggers, podcasters, end users and other folks interested in web 2.0 (in the broadest sense). The goal is to better connect the German web 2.0 scene as well as improve transatlantic idea exchange between Germany and the US. For more information please visit GABA's website.

    New/Renewing Members
    Premium Corporate
    FeldbergPacific Startup Counsel

    Extended Corporate
    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
    Orchard Hotels
    Wellington Partners

    Basic Corporate
    Heidelberg Economic Development Agency (HEDA)
    Marwit Capital
    PGP Corporation
    Trusted Opinion

    Individual Members
    Daniel Ciomek
    Erich Duerr
    Erich Eisel
    Anne-Frauke Schulz
    Beate Geissler
    Rolf Haag
    Warren Hoeffler
    Christoph Pfister
    Thomas Richter
    Michael Rinne
    Anne-Frauke Schulz
    Martin Sindermann

    Student Members
    Kathleen Kelly

    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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    GABA News
    GABA has currently a membership promotion. If you join before January 15th, 2007, you will receive admission to ONE GABA EVENT FOR FREE. Please contact [email protected] for more information or to sign up.

    Member News
    Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham LLP (K&LNG) and Preston Gates & Ellis LLP (PG&E) announced that their partners have voted overwhelmingly in favor of a proposed combination of the two firms effective January 1, 2007. The name of the combined firm will be Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP, and the firm will be branded as "K&L Gates." K&L Gates will comprise approximately 1,400 lawyers and 21 offices located in North America, Europe and Asia. The combination will rank as one of the most substantial in the history of the legal profession, and it will create one of the world's largest law firms. The firm will be expected to have revenue exceeding US$750 Million in 2007, its first full year of existence. For more information, please contact Dirk Michels at [email protected] or 650-798-6700.

    GABA members will receive a 10% discount for wine purchase at the tasting room of Hopper Creek Winery. For more information about Hopper Creek Winery, please visit or call 707 944 2139 or 707 944 0675.

    GABA partner Hotel Palomar in downtown San Francisco offers a 10 % discount on worldwide stays! Hotel Palomar a very sophisticated, luxury destination. Located at 4th Street and Market, Hotel Palomar is centrally located near three of the city's most dynamic districts: the thriving South of Market (SOMA) district, the Financial District, and San Francisco Union Square, famous for its great shopping. This sophisticated boutique hotel is just a short walk from Moscone Convention Center and great art museums, such as SF MOMA. For further questions please contact Hotel Palomar Reservations directly at 415-351-7615 or 866-373-4941. To make reservations go to and use Rate Code GBP and Client Number GBP2531.

    Miaplaza offers a new service to promote businesses and services on miaplaza and on the entire world wide web. Miaplaza ads! offers a free basic level as well as an extended premium level.Special offer: For those who set up their premium pages by 1/31/2007 miaplaza offers one year of free premium-level advertising.
    For more information please visit Check it out on miaplaza or get more information from the miaplaza team!

    Free Monthly Overview of the Real Estate Market in the entire Peninsula
    Beginning with January Alexandra von der Groeben offers a concise monthly overview of real estate prices of 10 selected communes of the Peninsula. Follow up to the market the easy way and look what the prices are in your area. Just write an E-Mail to [email protected] and please provide her with your address.

    Patron Corporate member Cooley Godward Kronish LLP has partnered with Individual Member Tim Bonnemann to host Web Monday Silicon Valley, informal monthly gathering in and around Germany about all topics internet (web 2.0 and beyond). The next event will be held on Jan 29, where Extended Corporate member Johannes Ziegler will present the version 2.0 release of MiaPlaza. For more information, please visit:

    The KEY TECHNOLGIES IN BAVARIA - Your key to the Bavarian market
    Are you looking for a business partner in Germany? The company database Key Technologies in Bavaria provides information on 8,800 Bavarian enterprises, research institutions, economic organisations and government institutions.
    All this data is available swiftly and free of charge at and on CD-ROM! The company database is a project of Bayern International, a company owned by the State of Bavaria promoting international business relations.
    For more information please please contact State of Bavaria U.S. Office for Economic Development / West Coast Division: [email protected] or call +1-650-566-1155

    Job Board
    The Lieberman Productions is looking for smart, creative freelance German writers who are capable of writing German copy that is emotional and down to earth but also sales-y. We need copy that's part entertainment, part science, part confessional, part sales and part inspirational. PLUS it should be culturally adapted to German consumer behaviors, and speak to the German audience. Assignments will last anywhere from a few hours/days to more if you¹re asked to write an entire script. Mostly, though, the work would be small scale. Pay is to be determined, but competitive for sure.
    Please respond to:[email protected], and send CV, working examples, references, availability, and contact data.

    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 (SVASEi) ( )
    Silicon Valley - China Wireless Technology Association (
    Silicon Valley RFID Group ( group/s v_rfid)
    Silicon Valley Center for International Trade Development (SVCITD) (
    The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) (
    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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