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    GABA Events in December
    GABA NoCal: Business Finance Climate 2008 - SOLD OUT!
    Tuesday, December 04th, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    German Consulate General, 1960 Jackson Street(at Gough), San Francisco, 94109
    GABA-CA and the German Consulate present this opportunity to meet leading international venture capital and private equity fund managers from Europe, Germany and the U.S. who will share their views of next year's overall financial climate and funding for international technology companies. For more information, please visit GABA's website.

    GABA Bay Area Stammtisch
    Wednesday, December 12th, 2007, 7:00-10:00pm
    Teskes-Germania Restaurant, 255 N. First Street at Devin, San Jose, 408-292-0291
    Social gathering of the GABA community in the Bay Area. No RSVP needed; free to attend.

    GABA-Berlin Stammtisch
    Thursday, December 13th 2007, 6:30-10:00pm
    Independent Film Lounge, Brunnenstrasse 156, HH, 4.OG, 10115 Berlin
    GABA invites you to join this round table with guest speaker Tony Seba. Tony, an educator, entrepreneur, author, speaker, consultant, and mentor capitalist, is going to present his newest book "Winners Take All - The 9 Fundamental Rules of High Tech Strategy".
    To attend please register here by December 7th. For more information please visit GABA's website.

    GABA NoCal: International Holiday Mixer
    Thursday, December 13th, 6:30pm - 9:00pm
    Fenwick & West, 801 California Street, Mountain View, CA, 94041
    GABA is hosting this Holiday Mixer along with Network of Indian Professionals of North America (NetIP) , Chinese Software Professionals Association (CSPA) , SIPA (Silicon Valley Indian Professional Association), Hispanic-Net and Silicon French to celebrate the holidays and provide Christmas toys for needy children through the Toys for Tots program!

    GABA SoCal: Christmas Party "Classic Style"
    Thursday, December 13th, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
    Mercedes Benz Classic Center, 9 Whatney, Irvine, CA 92618
    GABA's Southern California Chapter invites you to celebrate a successful 2007 at our Christmas where we will have a live band play instrumental Surf Rock and Roll, a sound that originated here in Southern California and the OC in the 1960's and has become famous all over the world.
    For more information, please visit GABA's website.

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    Co-Sponsored Events
    Open House @ German International School of Silicon Valley
    The German International School of Silicon Valle cordially invites you to visit our two campus sites during our Open Houses and to learn about the bilingual program of the GISSV:
    December 6, 2007, 7pm - East Bay Campus in Berkeley
    January 12, 2008, 10am-1pm - Campus in Mountain View
    For more information please visit or call our office 650 254 0748. German International School of Silicon Valley, 310 Easy Street, Mountain View, CA 94043, phone (650) 254 0748, fax (650) 254 0749 e-mail

    Holiday Fair at the German-American International School
    You are invited to the Annual Holiday Festival on Saturday, December 15th, 2007 from 2 - 5 pm. Students will perform a holiday concert, there is a holiday boutique with international arts and crafts and an arts and crafts corner for the children. Santa will come for a visit as well and catering will provide food for purchase. Admission is free. See you there!

    New/Renewing Members
    Premium Corporate Corporate Basic Corporate

    Individual Members

    • Elie Asmar
    • Arthur Brandenburg
    • Marco Conradi
    • Glenn Deng
    • Erik Eisel
    • Gerd Goette
    • Anita Hartmeyer
    • Dr. Andreas Hieke
    • Jonathan Klein
    • Daniela Lambert
    • Goran Matijasevic
    • Bernd Reinkemeier
    • Birgit Rodstein
    • Vak Sambath
    • Thomas Schuhmann
    • Robert (Kirk) Short
    • Katharina Steiner
    • Burghardt Tenderich

    Student Members

    • Michael Herrler
    • Dana Matzen

    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 recently joined the Climate Savers Computing Initiative, a nonprofit group of eco-conscious consumers, businesses and conservation organizations dedicated to reducing the energy consumption of computers. The Initiative's goal is to reduce computer power consumption by 50 percent by 2010 by producing and purchasing power-efficient computers and increasing the use of power management. For more information about the Initiative and to pledge your support, visit

    Member News
    Belika has a new website: Considering San Francisco's ban on plastic bags our unique and stylish all-purpose totes make an ideal gift for everybody on your list. Order between December 10th and 15th to receive complimentary gift wrapping or visit us at the BABIB Showcase on December 5th at La Vita e'Bella, 1000 Brannan, Ste 102, San Francisco from 5:00 to 9:00PM.

    Peritus Precision Translations' Crew speaks at national ATA Conference about Using ISO 9001:2000 as a Foundation for Growth. Dagmar Dolatschko, Peritus' founder, and Simone Fresinger, Quality Manager, held a workshop on "ISO -- and Why it Matters." Being a small company, didn't hinder Peritus from pursuing ISO certification. The continuous improvement required for the yearly audit has brought Peritus to the next level. For more information please visit:

    Basic Corporate Member a.g.Cube, your mailbox around the world, offers a special deal for GABA members. From anywhere in the world, you can check your postal mailbox online. All GABA members can try it now for free and will get a free credit of $20 until December 31st. Check us online at To register for your FREE TRIAL with a free credit of $20, go to: and enter the promotion code GABA2007.
    a.g.Cube LLC, 211 East Ocean Blvd Ste 246. Long Beach, CA 90802 phone: +1-562-219-2072 fax: +1-866-415-4221.

    Sterntaler Bakery and Peet's Coffee blend German and American Traditions for the Holidays! Sterntaler Bakery is proud to announce that its Stollen is available through Peet's Coffee. It is offered through their online store and in select Coffee Shops across the Bay Area. New grocery retailers offering the Stollen include Mollie Stone's and Draeger's, and even in Seattle at Metropolitan Market. Go to Sterntaler Bakery's website and corporate gifts.

    Fish & Richardson, the largest intellectual property law firm in the world, opened an office in Munich, Germany on October 1, 2007. The new office is led by Frank Peterreins and Alexander Harguth. From its Munich office, Fish offers its clients worldwide intellectual property strategy and advice, as well as representation in multi-national litigation. For more information, please visit

    German-founded Patron Corporate Member Mindjet announces a Productivity Self-Assessment Tool that's free to access online, where you can find out exactly how much time you could be saving by using MindManager Pro 7® to its highest potential. Use your time more wisely, finish important tasks faster than ever, and generate more powerful results!

    The Orchard Garden Hotel, San Francisco's "greenest" hotel, offers this special holiday package: Enjoy one of San Francisco's newest restaurants-Roots-with our special dining and accommodation package. Visitors will enjoy dinner for two in Roots Restaurant, along with overnight accommodations in a luxurious guest room. This package is $269 per night, based on double occupancy, with a two night minimum. For reservations or information, please visit or call toll-free 888/717-2881.

    Edith Schneider Jewelry & Accessories @ Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Rd in Menlo Park is now open 7 days / week from 10am till 5pm until the Holidays. Please stop by to find unique gifts, handmade one-of-a-kind jewelry that is made right there in my studio. Repair and custom work is also possible.

    Dillen Communications LLC is pleased to offer GABA members in Northern and Southern California a free consultation on your firm's strategic communications and press relations. Begin 2008 with a clear plan for positioning your firm in U.S. and European markets! For further details, see .

    Job Board
    Premium Member YES Partners, an International Executive Search firm, is retained by a client for the following position: VP of System Engineering for a venture-backed Startup located in the San Francisco Bay Area, specializing in clean energy solutions. For more information please go to GABA's website.

    Corporate Member HighTech Passport, Ltd, Internationalization and Localization Services, in San Jose, CA, has an opening for a Localization Project Coordinator. For more information please go to GABA's website.

    Corporate Member German-American International School, located in Menlo Park, California, just 25 miles south of San Francisco, is looking for qualified teachers: German Gymnasium (Middle School) German, History and Geography, English Elementary Class Teacher - Part Time Position and German Elementary Level Class Teacher. For more information please go to 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 (
    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 webpage 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 webpage 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 webpage.

    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 webpage 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 webpage

    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 webpage 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 webpage.

    Women in Business IG
    Join fellow GABA women and their friends for this series of events to discuss specific issues that we face as international working women in the Bay Area (in business or any industry), and for a venue to network and support each other in our respective business situations. For more information and to join the GABA_WIB listserv, please visit our webpage.

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