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

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

    GABA Events in June
    GABA Hamburg Stammtisch
    Friday, June 15th, 2007, 7:00pm - 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 SoCal: The Future of Film and Digital Media
    Tuesday, June 19th, 2007, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
    Los Angeles, CA 90036
    A panel with an Emmy winner, a venture capitalist and senior executives from Warner Brothers, the Motion Picture Association of America, the Walt Disney Company and Hewlett-Packard share their vision of the future of film and the digital media and give visual illustrations of what's coming next to your screens. You will learn about the future of video on demand, movies for your cell phone (the third screen), the production of a new breed of interactive video games, copyright protection and the hottest opportunities for entrepreneurs in digital media and entertainment. For more information, please visit GABA's website.

    GABA Bay Area Stammtisch
    Wednesday, June 20th, 2007, 7:00-10:00pm
    Teskes-Germania Restaurant, 255 N. First Street at Devin, San Jose
    Social gathering of the GABA community in the Bay Area. No RSVP needed; free to attend.

    GABA-Berlin Stammtisch
    Thursday, June 21st 2007, 7:00-10:00pm
    Habel Weinkultur, Luisenstrasse 19, Berlin
    Free to attend; for more information and to RSVP, please contact [email protected].

    GABA NoCal: Challenges Encountered During Technology Transfer in BioTech
    Thursday, June 28th, 2007, 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    Genentech, Building 5, South San Francisco, CA
    Technology Transfers is evolving to an important factor due to increasing numbers in joint-ventures, mergers, and acquisitions. This evening provides all attendees with an opportunity to meet your peers and potential future manufacturers of your products, to discuss the nature of difficulties that are commonly encountered during Technology Transfer. For more information, please visit GABA's website.

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    Co-Sponsored Events
    FountainBlue's Clean Energy Entrepreneurs' Forum Stories from Clean Energy Entrepreneurs
    Monday, June 4th, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
    DLA Piper, 2000 University in East Palo Alto
    Theme and Guest Facilitators: Stories from Clean Energy Entrepreneurs, with Max Shapiro CEO of PeopleConnect.
    For more information about FountainBlue's Clean Energy Entrepreneurs' Forum, visit

    SVASE: Launch Silicon Valley 2007
    June 5th, 2007, 12:00 pm
    Microsoft Campus in Mountain View, CA
    The event, co-presented by SVASE and Garage Technology Ventures, provides the next generation of emerging technology companies with the opportunity to pitch their products to, and network with, an audience of Silicon Valley's top movers and shakers. The first Launch: Silicon Valley event featured 29 top startups, presenting their products and services to an audience of over 180 VCs, Angels, corporate business development executives, prospective customers and partners, bloggers and media. For more information please visit:

    GABA Co-Sponsored: Transatlantic Trends with Ambassador John Bruton
    Wednesday, June 27th, 2007, 5:30 pm
    World Affairs Council Auditorium, 2nd floor, 312 Sutter St., San Francisco
    Ambassador John Bruton, a former Irish Prime Minister, joins the Council to discuss the current state of the transatlantic relationship and the many areas of common action and cooperation stretching across the Atlantic. For more information please visit:

    IBF: Venture Capital Investing Conference
    June 6th - 8th, 2007, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    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 visit IBFconferences.

    Great Men of Genius
    June 6th -9th, 2007, 8:00pm
    Berkeley Repertory Theatre
    This month, the masterful monologist Mike Daisey returns to Berkeley Rep with Great Men of Genius, a series of shows that apply his trademark wit and unique perspective to fascinating historical figures. On consecutive nights, Mike profiles the legendary lives of Bertolt Brecht (June 6), P.T. Barnum (June 7), Nikola Tesla (June 8) and L. Ron Hubbard (June 9), exploring the nature of genius and the pride, insanity and chauvinism that bind these men together. Meet one genius for an insightful and entertaining evening-or meet all four for a truly epic account of triumph and folly. The more geniuses you see, the more money you save-as a GABA member, you save from the very beginning! Choose any of the below performances and pay just $25 for one genius / $40 for 2 / $60 for all 4. For more information about Berkeley Rep go to or call 510.647.2949 and mention GABA.

    FountainBlue's When She Speaks, A Women-in-Leadership Series
    June 14th, 2007, 5:30pm - 7:30 pm
    EMC Corporation, 2831 Mission College Boulevard in Santa Clara
    You are cordially invited to FountainBlue's When She Speaks, Women in Leadership Series on the topic of Optimizing Your Team. GABA members may pre-register by noon June 13 for the discounted partner rate of $20 by visiting Corporate packages for up to 10 people are available for $100. This month's Topic: Optimizing Your Team with Rossella Derickson and Krista Henley, Corporate Wisdom and SBODN.

    Web Monday Silicon Valley
    Monday, June 18th, 2007, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Cooley Godward Kronish LLP, 3175 Hanover Street, Palo Alto, California 94304
    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 (and - hopefully - help bring some of those good Silicon Valley vibes to Germany). For more information please visit: Webmontag

    Under the Radar Entertainment & Media Conference
    June 28th, 2007, 8:00am - 6:00pm
    Mountain View, CA
    You're a dealmaker, you need to be the first to meet the startups, make the connections, see the opportunities that most people don't. The Under the Radar conference puts the dealmaker at the front of the line - don't miss this opportunity. GABA has received a special deal for you - $100 off. Register now

    New/Renewing Members
    Extended Corporate
    State of Bavaria United Stes Office / West Coast

    Basic Corporate
    Straub & Williams LLP
    Transworld Shipping

    Individual Members
    Lara Abrahams
    Brigitte Besmehn
    Chris Friedl
    Thomas Juengling
    Daniel Koob
    Melissa Lindt
    Andrei Ougarov
    Alexander Wahnsiedler

    mber, or to sign up online, please visit our website orFor information on how to become a GABA Me contact [email protected]

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    GABA News
    We are pleased to announce that Claudia Mallin joint GABA in Project Management and event organization.
    Claudia is living in the Bay Area since 1.5 years and is working as a Financial Analyst intern at The Perreault Birmingham Group. She is also an experienced blog editor, which has found a Sarbanes-Oxley compliance blog SOX-Center and SF-Blogger.
    Claudia holds a degree in Business Management (Betriebswirtin VWA) and owned in more the 14 years working experience comprehensive know-how in office management, human resource, finance and marketing.
    Claudia is going to be involved in projects like events organization and newsletter compilation.

    Member News
    T-Online Venture Fund announced an investment in JAJAH, the innovative web-based calling company. The fund is managed by T-Venture Holding GmbH, the corporate venture capital entity of Deutsche Telekom. The investment of the T-Online Venture Fund is part of a $20 million investment round, co-led by Intel Capital. "The agreement is unprecedented. JAJAH is the first Voice 2.0 Company to receive this level of industry validation and support. The long-term implications can't be understated," said Roman Scharf, JAJAH cofounder.
    T-Online Venture Fund, already well known for service and technology innovation investments, is expecting attractive synergies for Deutsche Telekom business units by bringing JAJAH web embedded solutions to consumer and business customers.
    For additional information about T-Venture and the T-Online Venture Fund please visit

    The German International School of Silicon Valley invites you to join our annual GISSV-Sommerfest on Saturday, June 2 (11:30am - 3pm) and to spend a relaxing afternoon on the Campus. The program includes dance and juggling performances and the appearance of the Mountain View High School Band! We will also offer a clothes and bake sale, face painting and a jump house. And there will be a lot of games going on, like: can toss, duck fishing, lollipop tree, etc. For more information please call (650) 254 0748 or visit

    Job Board
    Peritus Precision Translations is seeking a highly motivated, experienced Business Development Professional to join our team to sustain our aggressive growth. For more information and on how to apply, please visit GABA's website.

    Peritus Precision Translations is seeking a German to English Copyeditor (on an as-needed basis, per project): The types of texts are mostly highly professional business texts such as management consulting material, can be industry-specific (IT/Lifescience/Engineering/Telecom, etc.). For more information and on how to apply, please visit GABA's website.

    Merk Investments LLC is looking for a part-time Finance Manager; for more information and on how to apply, please visit Merk Investments LLC, Inc.

    Payment Customer Service Representative (San Diego, CA):
    The Payment CS Representative will be responsible for administering day-day activities related to payment processing. Furthermore, this individual will be directly responsible for answering and responding to customer service tickets that are payment related. Lastly, this person will monitor transaction patterns for fraudulent and other activities and will be proactive in minimizing charges back to the company.
    For more information and on how to apply, please visit GABA's website.

    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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