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  March 2007 
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  • GABA Events in March
  • 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)!

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

    GABA Events in March
    GABA-Berlin Stammtisch
    Thursday, March 8th 2007, 7:00-10:00pm
    Please note that the March Stammtisch is one week earlier due to the visit of Achim Hölzle from San Francisco, FeldbergPacific Law Group, Startup Counsel and Chair of GABA's Media&Entertainment Industry Group. He will talk about Angel and Early Seed Funding in Silicon Valley in 2007.
    Habel Weinkultur, Luisenstrasse 19, Berlin (
    Free to attend; for more information and to RSVP, please contact [email protected].

    GABA SoCal: Europe at the Le Meridian Hotel
    An informative evening with GABA and Berlin Partner
    Monday, March 12th 2007, 630pm - 9:00pm
    Le Meridian Hotel - Beverly Hills, 465 S La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA 90048
    GABA, Berlin Partner, Invest in Germany, and the Industrial Investment Council invite you to share in the experience of companies that have done the step to Internationalization. Opening your branch office in Europe with just $ 40,000? Expanding to a new location in just 6 weeks? These are just a couple of the topics that will be addressed by our qualified panel of speakers. The Event is FREE for members and non-members. For more information, please visit GABA's website.

    GABA NoCal: 2007-2012 Silicon Valley Entrepreneurship Outlook "New Spaces, New Opportunities, New Money, Same M.O.?"
    Thursday, March 15th 2007, 6:00pm - 9:30pm
    Cooley Godward Kronish LLP, 3175 Hanover Street, Palo Alto, CA 94304
    This event will discuss the key trends with regards to technology spaces/industries and business models, as well as venture capital funding strategies five years out. For more information and to register, please visit GABA's website.

    GABA-Hamburg Stammtisch
    Friday, March 16th 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 Bay Area Stammtisch
    Wednesday, March 21st 2007, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
    Gordon Biersch, 640 Emerson St. Palo Alto
    Social gathering of the GABA community in the Bay Area. No RSVP needed; free to attend.

    GABA NoCal: Technology Trends - How Do They Affect Our Daily Lifes?
    Monday, March 26th 2007, 6:00pm - 9:30pm
    SAP Labs, Building D, 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304
    GABA's interactive panel discussion will provide insights , share expertise and elaborate on background information regarding innovative solutions designed for Germany and the US. T-Systems developped several innovations which are already in place in Europe and GABA is hosting this interactive evening in which the audience is invited to discuss whether these technologies would work in the US. For more information, please visit GABA's website.

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    Co-Sponsored Events
    FountainBlue's Clean Energy Entrepreneurs' Forum
    Monday, March 5th, 11:30am-1:30pm
    Because of the highly regulated global energy markets entrepreneurs in the space must be aware of government activities, initiatives and directions. This event will provide the participants access to the wisdom of several players in this market. For more information please go to their website.

    GABA Co-Sponsored: Germany California Solar Day
    Tuesday, March 13th, 8:30am-5:00pm
    PG&E Auditorium, 77 Beale Street, San Francisco
    The 3rd solar power conference hosted and organized by the German American Chamber of Commerce-California Branch- will take place March 13th in San Francisco. The conference is expected to attract over 250 attendees in the Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal Industry as well as additional attendees from the public utilities, economic development agencies, city council and government sectors.
    For more information please go to GABA website

    Palastorchester Concert (2 performances)
    Thursday, March 15th, 7:30-10:00pm
    Temple Emanu-El, 2 Lake Street, San Francisco
    Friday, March 16th, 7:00-10:00pm
    At the historic Altenheim, 1720 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland
    The German American Business Association of California and Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany invite you to 2 wonderful concerts with Max Raabe and the Palastorchester from Berlin. These world famous 13 musicians and their singer, Max Raabe, will be playing music from the 20ies and early 30ies from Germany and from German composers, like the famous song "San Francisco" from the 1936 Clark Gable movie. They have filled large concert halls not only in Germany, but also in New York, Atlanta and Houson. This is their second trip to the US and their first time in the Bay area. For more information please go to GABA website

    Bay Area Lieder Society Presents: An Evening of Deustche Lieder
    Saturday, March 17th at 8pm
    Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland, Ca
    Partake in an intimate and sparkling evening of song featuring the best-loved lieder of Brahms, Schumann and Schubert. "In the Company of Friends" is performed as an historical re-creation of an Austrian music parlor in the 1880's. Four friends share games, dances, gifts and of course, music in this fully-costumed performance.
    To purchase tickets and for more info please contact us at or call 510-535-0800 for reservations.

    GABA Co-Sponsored: GAIS Fundraiser Auction
    Saturday March 24h, 6:30-11:30pm
    The German-American International School can only thrive with community support. Tuition alone does not cover all of our operating expenses. The remainder must come from generous businesses and individuals - people like you - who help support the school with tax-deductible donations and contributions to the GAIS annual auction - the largest fundraiser. That's why GAIS hopes you'll participate in supporting our school by either Donating item(s) or service(s) that could be auctioned off, or Making a contribution to underwrite some of our expenses. For more information, please visit the web-invitation.

    GABA Co-Sponsored: Thunderbird Global Private Equity Investing Conference
    From: Thursday, March 29th To: Friday, March 29th 2007
    Thunderbird Campus, Glendale, AZ
    This event is one of the premier private equity conferences in the world designed to be truly global-focused on the opportunities, methods, risks and rewards of globalization. The audience will include 300 attendees representing institutional investors, general partners, family offices, corporate investors, fund of funds managers, industry advisors, investment and commercial bankers, academics, students and global emerging growth companies. For more information please go to the website or contact Conference Headquarters at: 480-893-7547 or [email protected].

    Saturday April 28th and Sunday 29th, 2007
    Hotel Nikko in downtown San Francisco
    Find exciting international opportunities and meet with leading multinational companies at the International Career Fair on April 28-29, 2007 in San Francisco.
    The objective of the International Career Fair (ICF 2007) is to bring together highly qualified professionals with leading multinational companies looking to hire talents interested in an international career in engineering, research, or business. Because of the highly regulated global energy markets entrepreneurs in the space must be aware of government activities, initiatives and directions. This event will provide the participants access to the wisdom of several players in this market.
    Mark your calendar and register now at

    New/Renewing Members
    Patron Corporate
    Layered Media Inc.

    Basic Corporate
    Apec International Programs
    SMA Technologie AG
    Martin Herzfeld

    Individual Members
    Darryl Holter
    Jan Horbach
    Uschi Joshua
    Nina Lockemann
    Kenneth Morris
    John Stewart
    Joerg Struempe
    Keith Winter

    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 is looking for a part-time volunteer to help with event preparation and organization, membership and daily business. We are looking for a committed, reliable volunteer who can help on a regular basis for at least 4-6 months. Needs to be customer-oriented, able to work independently and pay attention to detail. Tasks will include preparation, marketing and follow-up of events, being present at the events to help with registration and execution, talking to members and prospects, preparation of the monthly newsletter, and helping with general business items such as correspondence, phone calls etc.
    Approximately 10-15 hours/week, based in Mountain View. Native German speaker preferred.
    This is an excellent opportunity for someone to benefit from GABA's extensive network in the Bay Area, meet interesting people and attend high-level events. Please send your application to [email protected].

    Due to the high number of attendees and limited space at recent events, GABA has established a Registration and Refund Policy

    Member News
    San Carlos, CA - Peritus Precision Translations, Inc. is proud to announce that the company has achieved the ISO 9001:2000 Re-Certification and the Women's Business Enterprise Certification as of January 2007. The certification confirms the commitment of Peritus Precision Translations, Inc. to America's leading women-owned and run firms. For more information, please visit

    LeverX Inc., a full-service systems integrator specializing in mySAP&supTM; Product Lifecycle Management implementation, announced that it has become an SAP Services Partner. This new relationship between SAP and LeverX will allow LeverX to more directly deliver industry leading integration services to a broad base of customers of SAP® applications interested in driving innovation, improving new product development and introduction (NPDI) processes, accelerating profitable products to market, and better managing their global design and partnering networks.

    K&L Gates: As a result of the January 1, 2007 merger of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham and Preston Gates & Ellis, the combined San Francisco office of K&L Gates is now serving clients from a new location at 55 Second Street, Suite 1700, San Francisco, CA 94105, 415.882.8200. Our office features one of the region's premier intellectual property practices, along with particularly strong securities regulation, cross-border Asia, real estate, litigation, and mortgage banking and consumer credit practices. For more information, please contact Dirk Michels at [email protected] 650-798-6700. opens online home decor business in California. The company is comprised of interior designers and enthusiasts who have joined forces to search for the most special home accessories for their clients. They have created a completely new online shopping experience featuring the work of emerging artists as well as established designers.
    For further information please visit

    Job Board

    YES PARTNERS Our client manufacturers vacuum components and material handling systems. They are currently looking for a sales-oriented President to lead them into further success, implement strategy and milestones, improve the internal organisation and install modern sales tools.
    Specify and sell vacuum-based automation and material handling solutions to leading OEM, dealers, and direct.
    The ideal candidate will have a strong technical background and will be expected to acquire industry-specific knowledge to develop and implement the sales and marketing strategy.
    For more information, please visit GABA's career section

    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 (SVASE) ( )
    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.

    Entrepreneurs & Venture Capital IG
    This group is dedicated to the facilitation of technology, business and social innovation via entrepreneurial ventures and the appropriate incubation and capital funding catalysts. We aim to educate and bring together members of the business, finance, legal, academia, technology lab, not-for-profit and government realms on both sides of the Atlantic as regards new venturing opportunities, issues, trends and developments. 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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