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GABA Newsletter May 2008
In This Issue
GABA Events
Co sponsored Events
New and Renewing Members
Member News
Job Board
GABA Affiliates
GABA Industry Groups
Please mark your calendar for this year's visit of the beautiful Paul Hobbs winery on August 2, 2008. This event has very limited space and is for GABA members only! For more information, please visit the event site.

Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director

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GABA Events

GABA NoCal: European Networking
Wednesday, May 14 2008, 6:00-8:00 pm
Cooley Godward, 3000 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
The Business Association Italy America, the British American Business Council Northern California, the French American Chamber of Commerce, Northern California and the German American Business Association of California will organize a great European Networking event. For further information please visit GABA's website.

GABA Bay Area Stammtisch
Wednesday, May 21st, 2008, 7:00-10:00pm
Gordon Biersch, 640 Emerson St, Palo Alto
We meet in the back in the Bar Area and will bring a small German flag.
No RSVP needed; free to attend.

GABA SoCal: Designing Cross-Cultural Brand Experiences
Thursday, May 22nd 2008, 7:00-10pm
Art Center College of Design, Student Gallery, Hillside Campus, 1700 Lida Street, Pasadena
Design Strategies for Products, Spaces and Media.Enjoy a reception at Art Center's Gallery and network and mingle with other attendees and panelists, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A. For further information please visit GABA's website.

GABA NoCal: The Future of Power in the Electric Automobiles
Wednesday, May 28th 2008, 6:00-9:00 pm
Cooley Godward, 3175 Hanover Street, Palo Alto
CleanTech VCs, entrepreneurs and other professionals seeking to understand automaker's objectives and the potentially emerging dynamics between transportation technologies and utilities. For further information please visit GABA's website.

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

Co-Sponsored Events 

2008 Stanford Energy Crossroads Conference
Wednesday, April 30th 2008 - Thursday, May 1st 2008
Stanford University, Stanford
The Stanford chapter of Energy Crossroads presents the Conference:
"From Vision to Action: Sparking Global Change" join us in a multifaceted discussion on mainstreaming clean energy. For further information please visit GABA's website.

SIPA Event: Next Generation IT Services - Visit by IT Industry delegation from India.

1st May 2008, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
HP Oak Room Auditorium, 19447 Pruneridge Ave, Cupertino
Listen to the experts from Indian software industry to what kind of new IT
Services they plan to offer. There will be also exchange of thoughts, ideas,
issues, challenges and solutions that are currently facing the outsourcing
sector. There is $5 discount for GABA Members. For details please visit or register here.

Memorial Concert
Friday, May 2, 2008, 8 pm
St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1111 O'Farrell St., San Francisco
On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift, the German Consulate General is proud to partner with Berkeley Symphony in presenting Berkeley Akademie in San Francisco for a memorial concert. Conductor Kent Nagano and concertmaster Stuart Canin lead the final program of Berkeley Akademie Ensemble's debut season, featuring Berkeley Symphony musicians alongside guest artists from Junge Deutsche Philharmonie. For further information please click here.

Startup Founders - New Kids on the Block
Thursday May 08th 2008, 6:00-9:00 pm
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR Campus), 950 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto
Come hear from under radar founders making big waves in this new landscape. This lively panel of hot, up and coming entrepreneurs and founders will share their stories and insights as well as answer your questions about building a successful company. For details please click here.

New and Renewing Members


Basic Corporate

Individual Members

  • Susan Asay
  • Julissa Benavente
  • Brigitte Besmehn
  • Hartmut Gerdes
  • Peter Jacobs
  • Thomas Juengling
  • Ulrich Leuthner 
  • Christoph Pfister
  • Dirk Price  
  • Kay Sanders
  • Anne-Frauke Schulz
  • Ute Schulz 
  • Daniel Sloop
  • Evie Sullivan
  • Michaela Tarpenyans
Student Members
  • Benjamin Boeser
For more information on how to become a GABA Member, contact, or to sign up online, please visit our website.
Member News

Peritus Precision Translations, Inc. is proud to announce recertification by two major organizations: TÜV SÜD America, Inc. recertified our firm for ISO 9001:2000 compliance; WBENC (Women Business Enterprise National Council) recertified Peritus to state continued compliance as a diverse supplier. These continued certifications underscore Peritus commitment to high quality in human translations. Please contact us directly at or by phone 650-421-2500 for your translation needs.

Merk Launches Asian Currency Fund including Chinese Yuan: Merk Investments today announced the launch of the Merk Asian Currency Fund, a mutual fund that invests in a basket of Asian currencies. For more information, click here.

Margot Heiligman, SAP AG announces BIG News for Small Businesses!
MyVenturepad is a moderated online small business community for owners and managers of companies with fewer than 500 employees, and for the professionals who advise them. By registering, GABA members who have businesses or advise businesses will be able to connect with some of the world's best bloggers and influencers of small business and entrepreneurship. Join the conversation!

Next Step the go-to consulting partner for company growth, is conducting a survey on the 'Workforce of the Future' to address new management challenges caused by the multi-generational workplace. GABA members can still participate in this survey. In return we will provide them with the aggregated data on how other domestic and international businesses are viewing and addressing this challenge. The survey closes May 10, 2008.

GABA corporate member agCube offers fast access to your postal mail from anywhere in the world. Going away for Summer? Take advantage of a free trial for GABA members with promotion code GABA0308.

Silicon Valley Boomer Business Plan Competition is now accepting submissions.  This competition is open to students and entrepreneurs who have business plans or startup ventures that show significant business potential for the burgeoning 45+/boomer market globally. For complete details on the competition click here.

Job Board

The State of Bavaria U.S. Office for Economic Development (West Coast Division) in Palo Alto promotes Bavaria as a business location in California, Oregon and Washington. We are offering internship positions in international business development, marketing research and international trade issues. For more information please GABAs Website.
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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