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GABA Newsletter September 2008
In This Issue
GABA Events
Co-Sponsored Events
New and Renewing Members
Member News
Industry Groups
Job Board
GABA Affiliates
Culture Selection

The visit of Paul Hobbs winery in Sebastopol on August 9th was a member event that catered to all senses. You find some impressions of the tour in our picture gallery. The next occasion to raise glasses will be the Oktoberfest celebrations in Los Angeles on October 12 and in San Francisco on October 23. See the GABA calender for more details and save the date.


Caroline Raynaud,
Executive Director

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GABA Events

Investing in Turbulent Times
Wednesday, September 10 2008, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Cooley Godward, 3175 Hanover Street, Palo Alto
What is the Impact on Venture Financing and on Exit Strategies for Startup Companies? Join us for this exciting and timely topic in these days of economic and global upheaval. Our panelists will provide a variety of perspectives from Venture Capitalists to M&A bankers to Entrepreneurs.

GABA Bay Area Stammtisch
Wednesday, September 17 2008, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Gordon Biersch, 640 Emerson St, Palo Alto
We meet in the back in the Bar Area and I will bring our small German flag. No RSVP needed; free to attend.

House of Blues       
Sunday, September 21 2008, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
House of Blues, 8430 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles
Join us on September 21st, 2008 for an exhilarating evening at the House of Blues and enjoy the VIP amenities of the infamous Foundation Room.

Strategies for Success in the German IT Market     
Wednesday, September 24 2008, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
SAP Labs, Building D, 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto
This is an unique opportunity to meet technology specialists from the German Cities of Excellence (GCOE), representing the eight major cities of Berlin, Cologne, Dresden, Dortmund, Duisburg, Essen, Frankfurt and Munich.

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

Co-Sponsored Events 

BayBioNEST Venture Spotlight Series - Investment in Biofuels
Thursday, September 11 2008, Palo Alto
This unique forum allows investors to speak directly to entrepreneurs in a reverse pitch format. Investors have the pulpit to discuss their current interests, target markets, therapies and technologies, as well as the maturation level of typical companies of interest.

First Green Trade Network Summit
Friday, September 19 2008, Santa Cruz
GABA has become an affiliate sponsor for the 1st Annual 'Green Trade Network Summit' conference to promote bilateral trade and investment between U.S. and foreign small to mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) involved in all Green industry sectors. The Green Trade Network Summit will bring experts and companies from around the world from both the public and private sectors to discuss and network.

Avoid Hidden Currents Created by Antitrust Rules When Selling in Europe
Tuesday, September 23 2008, 5.30pm Registration; 6pm - 7pm Seminar
Osborne Clarke, 200 Page Mill Road, Suite 200, Palo Alto
Wednesday September 24 2008,
8 am Registration; 8.30am - 9.30am Seminar
British Consulate General, 1 Sansome Street, Suite 850, San Francisco

Osborne Clarke and the British American Business Council invite you to attend the latest installment of the BABC Competitive Edge Series. EU Antitrust experts (one of the speakers is a German attorney) will discuss the restrictions and opportunities created by the antitrust rules on two occasions.
For more information and to register, please visit the BABC website.

New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate
Basic Corporate

Individual Members

  • Brendon Cadell (New)
  • Sascha Geissendoerfer
  • Beate Janke
  • Maia Kayser (New)
  • Klaus Lange (New)
  • Christina Messdaghi (New)
  • Heike Seefeld
  • Nicole Smith
  • Alex Urmersbach (New)
For more information on how to become a GABA Member, contact  [email protected], or visit our website to sign up online.
Member News

Smart Posters and Targeted Marketing with Bluetooth
NorkaTech Inc., a developer of Bluetooth solutions for wireless operators and ad agencies released BlueMediaServer. BlueMediaServer transforms any poster advertisement into a smart poster, capable of sending coupons, promotions, music and videos directly from a poster to a mobile phone though Bluetooth.
Your ad travels through your customer's social network.

Internet Campaigns for Gas and Electricity
JV-Global is broadening its reach within the Gas and Electric energy sector. In addition to running consumer-oriented Internet lead generation campaigns, JVG now also develops and manages online marketing campaigns targeting small and medium-sized businesses in Germany that are affected by rapidly rising energy prices. Email us at [email protected] for more information.

Wanted: Karlsruhe Alumni
The University of Karlsruhe (TH) and Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe are merging to form the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Alumni are invited to celebrate and create a regional alumni club in the San Francisco Bay Area. Sign up here:

German Students Looking for Internship Week
The German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV) schedules one week per school year for a mandatory student-internship for their 10th graders (age 15 to 16). Internships are an integral part of the German Curriculum and unpaid. The internship week for the school year 2008/2009 will take place in the week of September 29 - October 3, 2008. During the internship the student shadows somebody at his/her daily work procedures and assists with small tasks. Please contact [email protected] if your company might be able to accomodate one student.

News from the Industry Groups

Pamela Sommer is a New Co-Chair for Media and Entertainment

As a New Media professional, Pamela Sommer focuses on advertising and promotion campaigns. She most recently worked for Lieberman Productions (Guthy-Renker) in San Francisco, and was responsible for the international marketing of Sheer Cover and Youthful Essence product lines to the German market. Pamela has worked as an actress, producer, public speaker, and moderator of political debates. In 2004, she brought a student film to the Cannes Film Festival. As a producer, she hosted her own TV show aired to the greater Los Angeles area. Pamela recently earned a BA in Mass Communication at the University of California, Berkeley, and is a graduate of the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in Los Angeles. She was born in Hamburg and has appeared on German TV. Currently, she lives in Palo Alto and can be reached at [email protected]

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

Job Board

CEO - Startup in Thermal Hardware Cooling (Silicon Valley / SF BayArea)
YES Partners global executive search solutions is looking for a CEO with start-up experience and track record in raising venture capital money. The position is with a new venture startup who aims to further develop and commercialize thermal hardware in order to cool more efficiently microelectronics and power electronics.
Please send resume in word document to: [email protected]
For more job details visit the GABA website.

GABA Affiliates
Culture Selection

Herbstfest Celebration with Nature Friends Tourist Club
Sunday, September 7, 2008, 12 - 6 pm
3115 Butters Drive, Oakland
Outdoor event with live German music, wooden dance floor and German food
Admission: $10 (under 14 free); more details can be found in the Evite.
San Francisco Opera in the Park

Sunday, September 7, 1:30 pm
Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Free outdoor concert performed by artists from San Francisco Opera, accompanied by the acclaimed San Francisco Opera Orchestra.

Cupertino Fall Fest
Weekend, September 13 and 14, 10 am to 5 pm.
Civic Center Field, 10800 Torre Ave, Cupertino
Join the annual Fall Fest with children's entertainment, food and dancing hosted this year by the Rotary Club of Cupertino.

The Holocaust as a Determining Factor in German-Jewish Relations Today
Thursday, September 25, 6 pm
Holocaust Center of Northern California, 121 Steuart Street, San Francisco
Mr. Rolf Schuette,  German Consulate General of San Francisco, explores how the legacy of the Holocaust affects  communities in the U.S., Israel and Germany.
This event is free, RSVP required (415) 777-9060 x207 or [email protected]