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  January 2008 
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  • GABA Events in January
  • Co-Sponsored Events
  • New/Renewing Members
  • GABA News
  • Member News
  • Job Board
  • GABA Affiliates
  • GABA Industry Groups

  • The German American Business Association of California (GABA-CA) wishes you a happy and successful New Year 2008!

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

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    GABA Events in January
    GABA Bay Area Stammtisch
    Wednesday, January 16th, 2008, 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, January 17th 2008, 6:30-10:00pm
    Habel Weinkultur Luisenstrasse 19, Berlin
    Free to attend, for more information and RSVP, please contact [email protected]

    GABA NoCal: Seminar: Introduction to Self-Leadership - Achieving your New Year's Resolutions
    Thursday, January 31st, 8:30am - 12:00pm
    K & L Gates, 630 Hansen Way, Palo Alto
    Join us for this interactive multimedia seminar and raise awareness towards what it takes to develop and cultivate winning performance thoughts, attitudes and behaviors.
    For more information, please visit GABA's website.

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    Co-Sponsored Events
    Open House at the 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 GISSV's bilingual programs:
    January 12, 2008, 10am-1pm - Campus in Mountain View
    January 25, 2007, 7pm - East Bay Campus in Berkeley
    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 [email protected].

    British American Business Council : "The Annual Economic Forecast Lunch "
    Thursday, January 24, 2008, 11:45am - 2:00pm
    The City Club, The Stock Exchange Tower, 155 Sansome, 11th Floor, San Francisco
    This event is an ideal opportunity to hear expert predictions for 2008 and discuss how local and global economic patterns might affect your business. Brian Fabbri will discuss predictions for the world economy and Sean Randolph, President of the Bay Area Economic Forum will focus on the year ahead for the Bay Area economy.
    For more information and to register, please visit

    FountainBlue and SD Forum: "Policy and Its Implications for the Clean Energy Entrepreneur"
    Friday, January 25, 2008, 8:30am - 2:00pm
    AMD Commons Building, 991 Steward Drive, Sunnyvale
    This annual event will bring together policy-makers, corporate executives, entrepreneurs and investors, presenting differing perspectives on policy and its implications for the clean energy entrepreneurs.
    For more information and to register, please visit

    New/Renewing Members
    Premium Corporate Basic Corporate

    Individual Members

    • Marion Coker
    • Beat Geissler
    • Birgit Jaitner
    • Astrid Krehan
    • Michael Leonard
    • Kailen Neff

    Student Members

    • Joseph Heine

    For more information on how to become a GABA Member, contact [email protected], or to sign up online, please visit our website.

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    GABA News
    Thomas Neubert was elected new Chairman of the Board of GABA in December. Thomas is a Co-Founder of GABA and is currently working as VP Sales at Vidyo, a well funded start-up company developing an HD/Telepresence video conferencing solutions for the desktop and room systems.
    Born and raised in Germany, Thomas came to Silicon Valley in 1991 and has been passionate about multi-cultural environments and every technology that brings people together ever since.
    For the last 16 years as a sales & marketing executive, Thomas started and managed numerous companies with disruptive technologies, from start-up, M&A to IPO, in a global environment. Growing domestic and international companies between Germany and the US has been his motivation to be deeply involved in an organization like GABA. Thomas holds an advanced degree in Computer Engineering and Communications and is a graduate of the Stanford Executive Program at Stanford University Graduate School of Business. In his spare time, he is also an advisor/mentor for the MBA students at the Monterey Institute for International Studies.

    Member News
    We would like to introduce our official GABA photographer, Paul DeMers. He is a Southern California-based professional photographer with more than 33 years worth of high-resolution photography experience. Recently, he has been shooting our Northern and Southern California Special Events. Beginning next month, Paul will also be shooting and writing a new series of monthly, photo journalistic features about some of our GABA members and their companies. These articles will feature one special individual or company every month, alternating between our Northern and Southern California GABA Communities. If you would like to be included in this rapidly-growing list of interested individuals or companies, please contact us at [email protected]

    Patron Corporate Member Mindjet Corp., making software which helps people visualize and use information and with offices in Germany and in the US, announces the FREE Productivity Self-Assessment Tool, to find out in just minutes exactly how much time you could be saving by using MindManager® Pro 7 to its highest potential.

    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 Start-up 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.

    Patron Corporate Member Mindjet Corp., making software which helps people visualize and use information and with offices in Germany and in the US, has an immediate opening for a Receptionist/Operations Assistant in their San Francisco office.
    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 (
    [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 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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