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    GABA Events in July
    GABA NoCal: Business Ethics
    Thursday, July 12th, 2007, 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    2475 Hanover Street, Palo Alto
    Globalization has increased demands for business transparency, the rule of law and universal standards and norms. In addition, some advocate expansion of managerial goals beyond shareholder profits to include social responsibility to multiple stakeholders including employees, environment, local economy and neighbors. For more information, please visit GABA's website.

    GABA Bay Area Stammtisch
    Wednesday, July 18th, 2007, 7:00-10:00pm
    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, July 19th 2007, 7:00-10:00pm
    Habel Weinkultur, Luisenstrasse 19, Berlin
    Free to attend; for more information and to RSVP, please contact

    GABA Hamburg Stammtisch
    Friday, July 20th, 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

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    Co-Sponsored Events
    FountainBlue's Leadership Edge Workshop, Awaken Your Intuition
    Friday, July 13th, 08:30 am - 11:30pm
    DLA Piper, 2000 University in East Palo Alto
    For this month's workshop, we will discuss the benefits of listening to your intuition in a business context, and how to empower that intuitive side of you to guide you when the stakes are high, and your leadership is critical. Come prepared to discuss a challenging work (or personal situation) in small groups and we will show you some techniques and strategies which have helped dozens of executives in Silicon Valley. For more information about this series, please visit

    FountainBlue's Life Science Entrepreneurs' Forum Your Company's Value Proposition
    Monday, July 16 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m
    Bay Café Clubhouse, 1875 Embarcadero Rd, Palo Alto.
    For this month's life science entrepreneurs' forum, Linda Judge, Partner with DLA Piper, will give brief remarks on Protecting Your IP. Then our panel of entrepreneurs, investors and providers will talk about how various life science companies offer value to employees, customers, partners, and shareholders. Our esteemed panelists will share their ideas and advice on how to develop, communicate, and sustain their business's value. To pre-register for the discounted rate of $18-$25, visit this website by noon on Friday, July 13.

    SEMICON WEST 2007 - Invest in Germany Executive Luncheon
    "Made in Germany" the growing success story for next-generation solar and semiconductor companies
    July 17th, 2007, 12:00 pm
    Moscone Center West, Room 3016, Level 3, 747 Howard Street, San Francisco
    Germany has become one of the top locations for solar and semiconductor investments and is the center for next-generation chip and photovoltaic (PV) technologies in Europe. Leading executives in the solar and semiconductor industries will describe developments in synergies and technologies at Invest in Germany's executive briefing during this year's SEMICON West on July 17th. For more information visit .

    FountainBlue's Clean Energy Entrepreneurs' Forum Stories from Clean Energy Entrepreneurs Monday, August 6th, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
    DLA Piper, 2000 University in East Palo Alto

    For this FountainBlue Clean Energy Entrepreneurs' Forum, we will gather a panel of companies and associations who are incubating clean energy companies, or generating clean energy technologies ready for commercialization and connect them with the Silicon Valley's clean energy entrepreneurs in attendance. To pre-register for the discounted rates of $18-$25, visit this website by noon on Friday, August 3.

    New/Renewing Members
    Premium Corporate
    Cooley Godward Kronish LLP

    Extended Corporate
    Siemens Technology-to-Business Center (TTB)

    Basic Corporate
    CMK Consulting
    MACS, Inc.
    Elliot & Mayock LLP Immigration and Nationality Law
    Neue Presse
    Next Step
    Shaub & Williams LLP

    Individual Members
    Michael Fundus
    Petra Fundus
    Peter Jacobs
    Nigel Warshaw
    Steffen Weber
    Steven Weigand

    For more information on how to become a GABA Member, contact membership@gaba-, or to sign up online, please visit our website.

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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.
    For 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 office@gaba-

    Member News
    Patron Member Mindjet Corporation launched the seventh version of MindManager, software that helps to engage and align people to work smarter, think creatively and save time by visually capturing, organizing and communicating ideas and information effectively.
    For more information and to download a free trial, click here.

    The Orchard Garden Hotel has been awarded LEEDŽ (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). San Francisco's first hotel to earn this honor, the Orchard Garden is only the third hotel in the U.S. and fourth hotel in the world with this certification. LEED is the USGBC's leading edge system for designing and constructing the world's greenest, energy-efficient, high performing buildings.

    Friday & Saturday, July 6th & 7th from 10am till 5pm Edith Schneider Jewelry & Acessories will host a "4 artist trunkshow" at her store & studio at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park, 75 Arbor Rd. Stop by and check out beautiful scarves & bags from Väska, whose owner Annica Magnusson is from Sweden. We'll also show photography by Romain Agostini from Luxenbourg, who is famous for his travel photos from all over the world. Another highlight will be jewelry by Liza Dally and sculpture by Karen Truesdell; her colorful people who are always in a good mood! Bring a friend, enjoy a great event, walk the beautiful gardens, relax etc.

    The new miaplaza is online with new features and improvements. Try the new video support, check out the integrated Google maps and enjoy the improved navigation to access all of miaplaza's terrific features. The GABA Plaza offers new services such as: Discuss topics of GABA events in advance and post your questions to the panel online. Everything posted will be incorporated into the event. Missed the event? Watch the video after the event. Integrated Google maps will pinpoint the location of all GABA events and the new navigation will make it easy to surf through all postings on the GABA Plaza and beyond. Take a look at the GABA Plaza.
    One thing that has not changed is miaplaza's unparalleled privacy protection. For everything you post on miaplaza, every video, photo album, announcement or event you decide who can see it and who can't. We want life on miaplaza to be both fun, useful and safe.

    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 (
    Hamburg@Work (
    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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