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GABA Newsletter July 2008
In This Issue
GABA Events
Co sponsored Events
New and Renewing Members
Member News
Job Board
GABA Affiliates
GABA Industry Groups

GABA would like to announce our groups on Facebook and Xing. GABA wants to provide its members an additional opportunity to network, therefore we encourage you to sign up for our GABA Facebook Group and GABA Xing Group.


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Executive Director

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GABA Events

GABA NoCal: Managing Global Teams for Success
Tuesday, July 15th 2008, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, 2475 Hanover St, Palo Alto
This program co-sponsored by GABA in partnership with with CSPA, SiliconFrench and HispanicNet will provide insight into the techniques, tools and processes that US, European and Asian companies and managers have used to successfully manage global teams for success. For more information please visit GABA's website.

GABA Bay Area Stammtisch
Wednesday, July 16th, 2008, 7:00-10:00pm
Gordon Biersch, 640 Emerson St, Palo Alto
No RSVP needed; free to attend.

GABA SoCal: Executive Coaching: Keys to Improved Results in a Global Business Environment      
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
For more information please visit GABA's website.

Wine Tasting and Tour at Paul Hobbs Winery - Members-Only Event!
NEW DATE! Saturday, August 9th, 2008, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Paul Hobbs Winery, 3355 Gravenstein Hwy. N.(Hwy. 116), Sebastopol
Famous winemaker, wine critic, and GABA Member Paul Hobbs is hosting GABA for a second time to visit his beautiful vineyard. For more information please visit GABA's website.

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

Co-Sponsored Events 

SVASE: Business Models that Work for Web 2.0 Based Startups
Thursday, July 10th 2008, 6:00-9:00 pm
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR Campus), 950 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto
Business Models that Work for Web 2.0 Based Startups. For further in information please visit SVASE's website.

Intersolar North America
From Monday, July 14th 2008 to Thursday, July 17th 2008
Moscone Center, San Francisco
Intersolar North America, held in conjunction with SEMICON West, will be the largest trade event in the United States serving the complete solar energy supply chain.  It will provide a unique insight into what the American and international solar markets have to offer.
For further information please visit
Intersolar's website.
New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate

Basic Corporate

Individual Members

  • Monique Anderson
  • Nina Bhaisa
  • Wolfgang Hack
  • Sven Hackmann
  • Juergen Hund
  • Dr. Christoph Kirchner
  • Pascal Pinck
  • Angela Schlafke
  • Elena Smirnov-Otis
  • Alyson Tufts

Student Members

  • Gustavo Ortiz

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

We are pleased to announce that Stefanie Bastian joined GABA as Project Manager. Stefanie, a native German, relocated to Silicon Valley last summer. She holds a masters degree in Strategic Communications from the University of the Arts, Berlin. Stefanie's professional background centers in the film and entertainment industry. She held various international positions in film acquisition, festival organization and event management and is fluent in five languages. In her spare time she loves to explore the diversity of the Bay Area with her family. 
In her new position at GABA she will focus on preparation and organization of GABA events as well as member relations.

Cornelia Weiss is another newcomer to the GABA team. She just arrived in the Bay Area with her husband and one year old daughter. During the last seven years, Cornelia has worked in corporate communications and project management for different companies in Munich. She graduated in communication sciences at the university of Leipzig and has completed master programs in European studies and business administration. In her new position at GABA, Cornelia will focus on marketing communications, administration and membership development, and she will also be involved in strategic partnerships and events organization.

Member News

University of Karlsruhe (TH) and Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe are merging to form the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Please join us in celebrating and in creating a regional alumni club in the San Francisco Bay Area. Sign up here.

GABA Premium member German Tobacco Group markets the international cigarette brand 'S.A.L.E.', the world's first cigarette brand without additives plus
active carbon filter with a clear value proposition. Operating as a "virtual global network" the company is revolutionizing the way traditional tobacco companies have launched, communicated and operated brands in the past. GTG hopes to engage with GABA-Members on both sides of the Atlantic in the effort of globalizing 'S.A.L.E.' through strategic alliances and innovative techniques.

The info paper "Everything you always wanted to know about backup generators" is now available for download from This info paper is provided free of charge by Elektroworks a German owned electrical contractor.  Contact: Werner Glinka, ElectroWorks, [email protected]

JV-Global is expanding its Internet lead generation programs, providing Fortune 500 and mid-market companies with fresh sales leads on a cost-per-lead basis. JVG effectively combines SEM (Search Engine Marketing) and SEO (Search Engine Optimization) with online banner and text campaigns on major consumer portals and special interest websites. For further information click here.

Premium Corporate member Mindjet®, with offices in Germany and the US, takes mind mapping to a whole new level with Mindjet Connect. See what visualization software is all about, and try it FREE.

Merk Investments LLC announces that William Poole, the former President of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, has accepted a position as the mutual fund company's senior economic advisor.  For more information, click here.
Job Board

GABA Corporate members Hightech Passport has openings for Project Manager / Coordinator positions (European languages preferred). For more 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.

Visit GABA's Industry Groups...