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  May 2007 
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  • GABA Events in May
  • Co-Sponsored Events
  • New/Renewing Members
  • GABA News
  • Member News
  • Job Board
  • GABA Affiliates
  • GABA Industry Groups

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    GABA Events in May
    GABA NoCal: The Future Of Fuels - What Drives Our Cars Tomorrow?
    Tuesday, May 8 2007, 6pm - 9pm
    Cooley Godward Kronish LLP, 3175 Hanover St, Palo Alto, CA 94304
    The event investigates the different possibilities to reduce or replace the conventional fuel for cars and trucks. Especially, it covers fuel cell applications, hybrid and electric vehicles, biodiesel and ethanol fuels and answers questions about timing, availability, affordability of these solutions; as well as advantages, disadvantages, opportunities as these technologies mature and roadblocks to their wide availability.
    A panel of experts from the area of fuel-cell, hybrid, electrical cars and biodiesel fuels will discuss this topic. For more information, please visit GABA's website.

    GABA SoCal: 2007 Orange County Investment Perspectives!
    Thursday, May 10 2007, 6:30pm - 9:00pm
    Mercedes Benz Classic Center, 9 Whatney Irvine, CA 92618
    Join us for this exciting evening at the Mercedes Benz Classic Center in Irvine while enjoying excellent food, drinks and meeting new people. Southern California remains a diversified and dynamic economy; our 75 largest public companies were growing steadily in 2006 and the real estate market remained strong. But how will 2007 evolve? The Panelists will share their respective opinions on current investment trends and themes they are observing in their particular area of expertise. We are proud to present leaders from the fields of Commercial Lending, Private Equity, Commercial Real Estate and Financial Advisory. For more information, please visit GABA's website.

    GABA Bay Area Stammtisch
    Wednesday, May 16th, 2007, 6:00pm - 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-Berlin Stammtisch
    Thursday, May 17th, 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,May 18th, 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 ha[email protected].

    GABA NoCal: Women in Business Luncheon
    Thursday, May 24 2007, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    Hotel Sofitel - "Bay 223 Restaurant", 223 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City, CA 94065
    This is the first GABA event for German Business Women in Silicon Valley. We plan to establish a regular meeting as a professional network for German women to promote their career, broaden their professional horizon and enhance their financial acumen.
    Since this is a new group within GABA, we welcome any kind of suggestions or ideas for future meetings. For more information and to register, please visit GABA's website.

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    Co-Sponsored Events
    Business Etiquette Workshop
    Wednesday, May 16, 2007 from 9 am - 4 pm
    Santa Clara Embassy Suites
    Admission: This workshop is offered to GABA members at a special rate of $224, including snacks and lunch (regular price is $299)! Register via Acteva
    Next Step's Business Etiquette Workshop provides all personnel (new hires to managers and supervisors) with the knowledge and skills to ensure internal and external customers perceive them as professionals. Next Step's interactive workshop will give you practical tools and the latest guidelines to email, telephone, meeting office and dining etiquette.
    For more information, please contact Anne Massenkeil.

    TiEcon 2007
    May 18-19, 2007
    Convention Center in Santa Clara, Ca.
    TiEcon is two action-packed days of learning, networking, and partnering. TiEcon will explore today's business environment and discuss the big issues facing industry and entrepreneurs. Keynotes, Luminary Panels, and Stories from the Front Line will focus on the New Face of Entrepreneurship across businesses and ecosystems including: Networking, Semiconductors, Software, Storage, Security, Internet, Wireless, Clean Tech, and Life Sciences. For more information or to register, please visit

    IBF: Venture Capital Investing Conference
    June 6 - 8, 2007
    Four Seasons Hotel, 757 Market Street , San Francisco , CA
    The 2007 Venture Capital Forecast: Predictions & Views from Top Venture Investors Uniting over 400 of the most active venture capitalists, limited partners and private equity investors representing over a $trillion in capital. For more information or to register, please click here.

    New/Renewing Members
    Yes Partners

    Basic Corporate
    BFAI - German Office for Foreign Trade
    FMF Global Law Group

    Individual Members
    Kari Andersen
    Ivo Austin
    Torsten George
    Alex Hudspeth
    Dean Jacobs
    Corinna Krueger
    Kristina Macdonald
    Heike Seefeldt
    Deepak Verma

    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
    We are pleased to announce that Claudia Weber joined GABA as Development Director. Claudia, a native German, has lived in Silicon Valley for 4 years. She holds a master degree in Physics from the University of Heidelberg. In the past Claudia held product management positions in telecom, Internet and IT companies in Germany as well as in Silicon Valley. Claudia is a Member of the Board at the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View, CA and has been chair of CSMA's Fund Development Committee.
    In her new position at GABA Claudia will be focusing on membership development, but also will be involved in other projects, such as events organization and strategic partnerships.

    Member News
    International Charter School for Languages, Arts & Sciences in Orange County, CA, for September 2008: An initiative of dedicated parents and teachers are working on making an early dual language immersion (American-German) embedded in an outstanding education in sciences and the arts a reality for their children. As a charter school this International School will be part of the public school system and therefore tuition free. If you like your children to become world citizens and are interested in giving them the gift of growing up bilingual, increase their self confidence and enhance cross-cultural awareness, then please get in touch with us. We are looking for parents with children under the age of eight, bilingual (German-English) teachers and anyone else who wants to support our mission. We are endorsed by the German American School Association in Southern California and the ZFA Zentrale fuer Auslandsschulwesen. For more information please log on to or contact Rita Reiff at 714-921-8137 or 909-5951315 or [email protected]

    The Perreault Birmingham Group is pleased to announce the relocation of its offices from San Francisco to 3705 Haven Avenue, Menlo Park CA 94025 in order to better serve its high tech Silicon Valley client base with fundraising, strategic advisory as well as merger & acquisition services.

    Many corporations from around the world are attracted to China by its booming economy, its low cost and high quality manufacturing, and by the creativity and skill of its people. They are also drawn by the world's 4th largest consumer market (projected to be the largest by 2035). SVCWireless and UC Berkeley CRC (the Center for Research on Chinese & American Strategy Corporation) organize Managing Technology & Innovation: China Executive Leadership program. You will learn from the top experts and industry leaders, from both the US and China, and have the opportunity to engage in a free exchange of ideas and experiences with your peers and with industry executives, from China and US. This in-depth, world-class program will be presented on three weekends in each month, beginning September 15th 2007 through November 17, 2007. For more details visit the following link:

    German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV) and Animal Art Gallery are hosting their annual Animal Art Show at 520 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park. The show will run through the month of May and an opening reception will take place on Wednesday, May 2, 5 to 7 PM. To visit the gallery on other days just contact the animal hospital, they'll open up during regular business hours (8am - 6pm) and Saturdays (8am - 5pm).
    The next artistic event will take place on Friday, May 25 and Saturday, May 26. On both days the curtains will open at 7pm for our newest Musical production Annie. This famous Broadway musical tells the story of Annie, a young orphan girl, and her adventures in finding a family that will give her a new home. The show will be held in the Auditorium on both days. For more information about these events and the school, please visit

    GABA members and Chairs Dirk Michels, EJ Dieterle and Wolfram Doelker are organizing the annual "USA Market-Entry Seminars" in various locations in Germany & Switzerland: Zug May 8th, Weingarten May 10th, Pforzheim May 11th, Berlin May 14th, Munich May 15th. For more details, please visit GABA's event calendar.

    Job Board
    The German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV) in Mountain seeks A TEACHER/ASSISTANT TEACHER for its preschool afternoon program (approx. 20h/week) to begin on August 15, 2007.
    Requirements: professional experience in American or German kindergarten education, ability to work within a team, eagerness to learn, good coordination and organizational skills, experience and competence in advising and working with parents, preferably English and German language skills, valid US work permit. Please send your completed application, including a cover letter, resume, diplomas, reference letters, transcripts, by email ([email protected]).

    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.

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