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GABA Newsletter June 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 GABA Member event at the beautiful Paul Hobbs Winery on Saturday, August 2nd, 2008. This event has very limited space and is for GABA members only! For more information, please visit the event calendar.

Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director

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GABA Events

GABA Munich and Berlin: Doing Business in the US
MUNICH: Tuesday, June 10 2008, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
America Haus, Karolinenplatz 3, 80333 München, Room 205
BERLIN: Thursday, June 12 2008, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Habel Weinkultur am Reichstag, Luisenstraße 19, 10117 Berlin
GABA is co-organizing a presentation on US Tax Matters and corporate
formations for doing business in the US, which be held by Scott Wentz, an
expert in this area. For further information please click here: GABA Berlin and GABA Munich.

GABA NoCal: Internet Going Mobile
Thursday, June 12 2008, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
SAP Labs, Building 3, 3420 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto
A panel of experts with backgrounds in the internet, software, mobile networking, hardware and semiconductor industries will discuss the future of mobile internet and its impact on our daily lives. For further information please visit GABA's website.

GABA Bay Area Stammtisch
Wednesday, June 18th, 2008, 7:00-10:00pm
Teskes-Germania Restaurant, 255 N. First Street at Devin, San Jose
A casual conversation meeting. No RSVP needed; free to attend.

GABA NoCal: Negotiating as Women: Nontraditional Settings and Successes
Tuesday, June 24 2008, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Bingham McCutchen LLP, 1900 University Ave, Palo Alto
Join fellow women professionals for the third of a series of casual wine and cheese mixers for GABA members and their guests, to discuss professional growth and successes, roles for women working in the Bay Area, and other workforce topics. Please bring YOUR story to share with the group during open discussion.
For further information please visit GABA's website.

Visit GABA's online event calendar for more information and to register for our events!

Co-Sponsored Events 

Summer Fest 2008 @ GISSV - German International School of Silicon Valley
Saturday, June 7, 2008 from 12 - 4pm
310 Easy Street, Mountain View, CA 94043
GISSV invites all families to join their annual Summer Fest. While kids can attend various games for all ages, parents can stroll through our flea market and take their chances to win great prices at the silent auction. The BBQ and a bake sale will provide you with refreshments. Come and join the fun in the sun! See you there! GISSV - German International School of Silicon Valley.

SVASE Launch: Silicon Valley 2008
Tuesday, June 10th 2008, 11:30 AM- 6:00 pm
Microsoft Campus, 1065 La Avenida St, Building 1, Mountain View, CA 94043
In its 3rd year, Launch: Silicon Valley is now firmly established as the premier product launch platform for cash strapped startups. The event, co-presented by SVASE, Garage Technology Ventures and Microsoft, provides the next generation of emerging technology companies with the opportunity to pitch their products to, and network with, an audience of Silicon Valley's top VCs, Angels, corporate business development executives, prospective customers and partners, bloggers and media. Pricing: SVASE /GABA  Member $195; Non Member $245. WALK-IN RATES: Add $10.00 to the listed price. For further information please click here.

IBF: 19th Annual Venture Capital Investing Conference
From Tuesday, June 10h 2008 - to Thursday, June 12th 2008
The Palace Hotel, 2 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, California 94134
Uniting over 400 of the most active venture capitalists, limited partners and private equity investors representing over a $trillion in capital. For further information please visit IBF's website.

Alliance for Universal Power (AUPS)
Friday, June 13th in San Francisco
The day will feature speakers and participants including chip-makers, government leaders from US and Asia, consumer electronics companies, power supply manufacturers, energy companies, and other key players to work together in driving this effort to standardize how consumer electronics are powered and minimize the negative impact on the global environment. More details on the AUPS are available here.
New and Renewing Members


Basic Corporate

Individual Members

  • Todd Ahmadi
  • Julissa Benavente
  • Chris Friedl
  • Jessica Holcombe
  • Peter Jacobs
  • Edda Mihaescu
  • Dirk Schneider 
  • Herta Schreiner
  • Margrit Schwarz
  • Susanne Sonderhoff 
  • Rainer Urbach
  • Hana Vegher
  • Steven Weigand

Student Members

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

GABA is looking for a part-time Project Manager to help with event preparation and organization, membership and daily business. Needs to be customer-oriented, able to work independently and pay attention to detail. Tasks will include preparation, marketing and follow-up of events, being present at the events to help with registration and execution, talking to members and prospects, maintaining member database and helping with general business items such as correspondence, phone calls etc.
Approximately 10-15 hours/week, based in Mountain View. Native German speaker preferred. Please send your application to [email protected]
Member News

GABA corporate member agCube offers fast access to your postal mail from
anywhere in the world. Take advantage of a free trial for GABA members
with promotion code GABA0308. Leaving home for a while: check our tips at agcube.

EcoEdge Consulting, Inc is announcing its first ENERGY STAR rating for a green home in San Jose. The Broderick residence achieved a 5+ Star rating and a score of 92 out of 100. The home is also in the process of being rated under Build It Green's GreenPoint Rating Program to achieve 150+ points. For more information please visit our website or contact us by phone at 408-947-1004.

JV-Global is quickly becoming one of Germany's largest online lead generation agencies, providing clients with fresh sales leads every day through partnerships with the largest German portals and special interest websites. The company's "pay-per-lead" model allows clients to lower their marketing expenses to a fraction of traditional media advertising costs.

German speaking Dirk Krapf, REALTOR® - Immobilienmakler with First California Realty is now certified in REALTOR® Foreclosure Prevention. Dirk kann Ihnen helfen, auch auf Deutsch. Real Estate Services also include relocation to Southern California and searching for lucrative investment properties. Call Dirk direct at +1-949-291-5440 or
Job Board

KindergartenLA (KiGaLA) is looking for a director who is interested in transitioning the school from a small scale German language program with about 15 kids to a full day German/Spanish/Italian language immersion pre-school with 40 kids while maintaining its original philosophy and focus on community. For further information please visit GABA's website.

KindergartenLA (KiGaLA) is looking for bi-lingual pre-school teachers  who are interested in participating in the school's transition from a small scale German language program with about 15 kids to a full day German/Spanish/Italian language immersion pre-school with 40 kids while maintaining its original philosophy and focus on community. For further information please visit GABA's website.

GABA Affiliates
 GABA Industry Groups

GABA's Industry Groups (IG's) provide resources and networking opportunities specific to each industry:

Automotive IG
The GABA Automotive group's goal is to bring together innovators, strategists, technologists, and entrepreneurs to create and embrace thought leadership and progress in the global automotive industry.  The auto industry is facing competitive, regulatory, environmental and societal challenges. To maximize these opportunities and overcome challenges, GABA's automotive group invites all individuals and companies who are interested in actively creating a successful future for the automotive industry.  Visit our webpage for more information.

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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