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GABA Newsletter February 2008
In This Issue
GABA Events
Co sponsored Events
New and Renewing Members
Member News
Job Board
GABA Affiliates
GABA Industry Groups
GABA's monthly Newsletter features information about German-American business in California and Germany.
Caroline Raynaud,
Executive Director

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GABA Events

GABA NoCal: "Global Players: What does it mean to be green?"
Wednesday, February 13th 2008, 6-9pm
Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View
In cooperation with Lufthansa,and MIT Alumni Club, GABA has invited leading companies to discuss their responsibility to protect the environment and how environmental protection and sustainability influences their business decisions and investor relations. For more information and registration please visit
GABA's Website.

GABA Bay Area Stammtisch
Wednesday, February 20th, 2008, 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. Location:

GABA-Berlin Stammtisch
Thursday, February 21st, 2008, 7:00-10:00pm
Habel Weinkultur, Luisenstrasse 19, Berlin
Free to attend, for more information and RSVP, please contact

Visit GABA's website for more information about our events!

Co-Sponsored events 

Web Monday Silicon Valley
Monday, February 11th, 2008, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Cooley Godward Kronish LLP, 3175 Hanover Street, Palo Alto
Web Monday connects the web 2.0 & internet startup scene in 30+ locations in and around Germany! Web Monday is free, completely community-owned, and open for anyone to join and participate. We are pleased to welcome talks
from two exciting German startups:
Qitera and Super Cool School.
Thanks to our sponsor, Cooley Godward Kronish LLP, snacks and drinks will be served. For more info and RSVP, please visit
our wiki or find us on Facebook.

SVASE Main Event: Funding 2.0-How to Build A High Growth Startup Fast and Cheap
Thursday, Februay 7th 2008, 6:00pm-9:00 pm
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR Campus), 950 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto
What can you do to build your high growth startup fast with little, or maybe no, venture capital? For more information and to register, please visit
our Website. Pricing: Affiliate Members - $29; General Public - $49, WALK-IN RATES: Add $10.00 to the listed price.

SVASE BIG: Digital Media: Crossing the Chasm - Web 2.0
Thursday, Febuary 21th 2008, 6:00pm-9:00 pm
Microsoft Building 1, 1065 La Avenida St, Mountain View
What are the critical differences between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0 models, and how can you leverage this knowledge to your advantage? Come hear best-selling author and investor, Geoffrey Moore, explore this topic and more.For more information and to register, please visit
our Website. Pricing: Affiliate Members - $29; General Public - $49, WALK-IN RATES: Add $10.00 to the listed price.

Real Estate 101 - An Educational Seminar
Wednesday, February 27th from 6:30pm-7:30pm
First American Title Company, 800 El Camino Real, #200, Menlo Park
Experience a complimentary real estate seminar that will empower you to have a greater understanding of the local real estate market and the process of purchasing a home. Hosted by a team of Experienced Agents: Alexandra von der Groeben  (Cashin Company), Imogene Chancellor & Brian Chancellor (Alain Pinel Realtors). Refreshments will be served. RSVP @ Space is limited.

International Career Fair
Friday February 29 and Saturday March 1, 2008
Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason Street, San Francisco
International Career Fair will bring together graduate students from the top engineering, scientific and business universities and seasoned professionals with industry experience with leading companies from Europe, Asia and the US looking for highly qualified candidates for positions throughout the world. With company presentations and exhibits, keynotes and workshops relative to international careers, and one-on-one interviews, the International Career Fair is an event that cannot be missed by anyone interested in working in an international environment.

GACC: Energy Efficiency Symposium - Insights Into German & American Green Building
Tuesday, March 4, 2008, Full Day Conference and early Evening Reception
San Francisco Federal Building, 90 7th Street (at Mission), San Francisco
The conference will bring together the German and Californian green building industries for a day's discussion on recent developments and achievements in energy efficient design and construction in commercial and residential buildings.
For more information, please contact
Stefan Morbe (415.248.1242) or visit the "events" section of our website.The conference is free of charge and by invitation only. Registration is required by February 22nd 2008.

Wainhouse Research Collaboration Summit Berlin: "Bringing Suppliers, End Users, Channel Partners, and Service Providers together in an interactive forum on Unified Communications"
April 8-10, 2008, The Steigenberger Hotel, Berlin, Germany
The event brings together speakers from corporate and government enterprises to share their real-world experiences and future plans, WR analysts speaking on key technology and market trends, and select thought leaders presenting their views on the future of collaboration. For more information and to register, please visit
our Website.
New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate

Basic Corporate

Individual Members

  • Loly Hlade
  • Birgit Jaitner
  • Helmuth Kraemer
  • Tomas Kuehn
  • Patricia Roller
  • Patricia Stobbe
  • Johannes Vlcek
Student Members
  • Peter Steinwachs

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

New Board Member:
We are pleased to announce that Udo Waibel has joined GABA's Board of Directors. Udo Waibel is Senior Vice President within SAP's Business User product team and responsible for Information Worker solutions including Duet by SAP and Microsoft, composite applications for mobile business and enterprise search solutions. Prior to that Udo was responsible for SAP xApp Resource and Portfolio Management as well as SAP xApp Cost and Quotation Management.  Employed by SAP since 1994, Udo has worked on the development of mySAP Workplace, SAP Enterprise Portal, Travel Expenses, CATS and Employee Self-Service applications.
Udo graduated from the University of Mannheim, where he received a Master's degree in computer science and business administration.  
 Member News

Premium Corporate Member Mindjet®, with offices in Germany and in the US, makes visualization software to help people "see the big picture," and announces FREE productivity tools for current US & APAC MindManager® Pro 7 customers (or with a purchase or upgrade to MindManager Pro 7). More tools will be added as they become available:

Basic Corporate member International Legal Management widened their range of services and can now offer to set up a sales platform for your products in Germany or other European countries and provide solutions for all related legal aspects (customs, taxes, competition regulations etc.). Contact Jesko Onken at
International Legal Management for more information: 415.834.9179.
Job Board

German-American International Schoolhas open teaching and administrative positions for August 2008. For more details please go to To apply, please send your resume to

The German International School of Silicon Valley is a private school with a bilingual German-English educational program, and we are looking for a part-time teacher (20hrs/week), for our Preschool/ Kindergarten afternoon-program. English native speakers are welcome. For more information please visit
GABA's Website. To apply please email resume and cover letter incl. references to
GABA Affiliates
 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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