GABA Newsletter March 2008
In This Issue
GABA Events
Co sponsored Events
New and Renewing Members
Member News
Job Board
GABA Affiliates
GABA Industry Groups
In case you did not had a chance to attend the sold out event "Global Players - What does it mean to be green?" February 13th at Google, you can  now access the speakers' presentations on the GABA website.
Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director

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GABA Events

GABA NoCal: "Coaching: Keys to Improved Results?"
Thursday, March 6th 2008, 6-9pm
SAP, Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto
If you are considering hiring a coach for yourself or your employees or if you are interested in developing your own coaching skills, this program will provide you with insight into the types of coaching available, key coaching techniques and results that can be expected from coaching. For more information and registration please visit GABA's website.
GABA NoCal: "Women as Successful Entrepreneurs"
Wednesday, March 12th 2008, 6-9pm
Mindjet Corporation, 1160 Battery Street East, 4th Floor, San Francisco
Join fellow women professionals for the second of a series of casual wine and cheese mixers for GABA members and their guests, to discuss stories of professional growth and successes, roles for women working in the Bay Area, and other workforce topics. For more information and registration please visit GABA's website.
GABA Munich Stammtisch
Thursday, March 13th, 2008, 7:00-10:00pm
"Altes Hackerhaus", Sendlinger Strasse 14, München
Topic: What's new for German tax payers in 2008. For more information and registration please visit GABA's website
GABA SoCal: "Investment Outlook 2008"
Monday, March 17th 2008, 6-9pm
Newport Sports Museum, 100 Newport Center Dr, Suite 100, Newport Beach
GABA invites you to attend a panel discussion with investment advisors and consultants that will provide unique insights into our domestic and global markets for 2008.
For more information and registration please visit GABA's website.
GABA Bay Area Stammtisch
Wednesday, March 19th, 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, March 20th, 2008, 7:00-10:00pm
Habel Weinkultur, Luisenstrasse 19, Berlin
Free to attend, for more information and RSVP, please contact [email protected]

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

Co-Sponsored Events 

GACC: Energy Efficiency Symposium
Tuesday, March 4th, 8:30am-7:00pm
San Francisco Federal Building, 90 7th Street, San Francisco
For more information and to register, please visit GABA's website
Women 2.0 Open Mic Session - "Meet The Customer Rainmakers"
Thursday, March 6, 6:30pm-8:30pm
at Ning in Palo Alto
Learn from our esteemed speakers practical customer acquisition strategies as you begin your own venture! This is an invitation-only event. If you are a current or aspiring entrepreneur, please send an email to
[email protected] and tell us about your venture and why you want to attend this session.

German International School of Silicon Valley
- Cindy the Musical (English language)
Thursday, March 6th and Friday, March 7th, 7pm
GISSV auditorium, 310 Easy Street, Mountain View
Cost: $5 per person or $10 per family
GISSV cordially invites you to join the performance of a musical version of "Cinderella" in which the characters have been brought up to date and put into real-life situations. For more information please visit
our website.

2008 New Year GuanXi Mixer
Monday, March 10th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Computer History Museum,  1401 N. Shoreline Blvd. Mountain View

GuanXi, the Chinese words for "connection", captures the Asian concept of the handshake and the relationship as the foundation of business success. And in the spirit of GuanXi, CSPA, SABA and VSVN, have arranged an exciting networking event within the halls of the venerable Computer History Museum.
To register please
click here.
CEOs of VC-backed companies
Thursday, March 13th, 6:30pm to 8:45pm
DLA Piper, 2000 University Avenue, East Palo Alto
What does it take to become a CEO in today's VC backed companies? What talents are required to get there?
Growth Resources Inc has gathered a panel of Silicon Valley experts. GABA members can register as affiliate members and take advantage of the discounted price.

The German-American International School (GAIS)  Easter Picnic
Saturday, March 22nd, 11 am - 3 pm
Werder Shelter in Huddart County Park/Woodside
GAIS invites you to join them for their Easter picnic, bring some filled Easter eggs for the Easter egg hunt at noon! For more information, please contact the school office at 650-324-8617.

German-American International School Annual Auction and Fundraiser
Saturday, March 29th at 6:30 pm
Domenico Winery, 1697 Industrial Road, San Carlos
The theme this year is Venetian Masquerade Ball.  The price for two tickets is $ 60 (hours d'hoevres buffet included) and can be purchased by calling 650-324-8617 or by email at
[email protected].
BioEnterprise and International Business Forum would like you to consider presenting at the 2nd Annual Global Healthcare Investing Conference. The theme for this year's conference is "Leveraging Geography for a Competitive Advantage".  The conference will again be held at The Cleveland Clinic's InterContinental Hotel starting on April 30th and ending mid-afternoon on May 1st. For additional information contact Carissa Stavrakos at (516) 765-9005 x310 or email [email protected]. To register for the conference please visit our website.

New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate

Basic Corporate

Individual Members

  • HP Baumeister
  • Birgit Eschmann
  • James Hazard
  • Chris Longstaffe
  • Christopher Lucas
  • Donata Makuta
  • Alex Miroshnichenko
  • Thomas Rees
  • Joerg Struempe 
  • Peter Svennefiord
  • Jan Maarten van Dongen
Student Members
  • Beatrix Schaefer

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

Premium Corporate Member Mindjet®, with offices in Germany and in the US, helps people "see the big picture" with visualization software MindManager, announces FREE Customer Tools & Resources for current MindManager® Pro 7 customers or with a purchase or upgrade to Pro 7. This offer is valid in the Americas & Asia-Pacific (not including Japan); valid license key required."

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Basic Corporate Member a.g.Cube ("your mailbox around the world") is growing and moving to a larger office: a.g.Cube LLC, 320 Pine Avenue, Ste 246. Long Beach, CA 90802 phone: +1-562-219 -2072. GABA members can try our services with a free credit of $20. Away from home, you can check your postal mailbox online. Check us online and register for your FREE TRIAL with a free credit of $20, click here and enter the promotion code GABA0308.
German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV) is pleased to announce it has received its Accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) for the GISSV High School Program in February 2008. This accreditation is an exciting next step for GISSV, serving students from Pre-school up to grade 12 and now in its eighth year.
GABA Affiliate Women 2.0 Business Plan Competition
Deadline to submit is April 1, 2008!
The Women 2.0 Business Plan Competition gives passionate entrepreneurs with interesting ideas a chance to follow their dreams and build something to change the world! Teams with at least 50% female ownership are invited to submit their business ideas on a 7x7 inch paper napkin along with a business plan. Finalists will be invited to attend and present at the 2008 Women 2.0 Conference and Pitch Night on May 10.
Job Board
The German-American International School has open positions for August 2008. We are looking for a Gymnasium teacher (Middle School) for German, History and Geography as well as a Director of Academic Program. For more details please visit our website. To apply, please send your resume to [email protected].
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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