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

We are currently composing the event calendar for 2009 together with the GABA Industry Groups. If you have any suggestions or would like to contribute to the program, please do not hesitate to get in touch.


Caroline Raynaud,
Executive Director

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GABA Events

Business Finance Climate 2009    
Thursday, December 4 2008, 5:30pm - 9:00pm
German Consulate General, 1960 Jackson Street (at Gough), San Francisco
GABA and the German Consulate present this opportunity to meet leading international venture capital and private equity fund managers from Europe and the U.S. who will share their views of next year's overall financial climate and funding for international technology companies.

German Holiday Music Evening        
Tuesday, December 9 2008, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Steinway / Sherman Clay, 2030 Duane Avenue, Santa Clara
We have the great pleasure to feature world class concert pianist Adam Neimann who is recognized as an artist of rare depth, sensitivity and virtuosity.

GABA Southern California Christmas Party
Friday, December 12 2008, 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Orange County Museum of Art, 850 San Clemente Dr., Newport Beach
GABA would like to cordially invite you and a guest to our annual holiday party.

New Media: Will Hard Times Promote Innovation?
Tuesday, December 16 2008, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
The Media Center TV Studio, 900 San Antonio Rd, Palo Alto
This event, sponsored by Invest in Bavaria, will be the first time that GABA Silicon Valley uses a TV Studio with a live audience. The televised panel of media experts, will debate the question: "Will the foreseen difficult economic times of 2009, promote or inhibit innovation?

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

Co-Sponsored Events 

Life Sciences Breakfast - Smart Costs Transformation in a Stretch Economy
Tuesday, December 2 2008, 8:00am - 10:00am
The panel discusses new industry trends and leading practices, sharing case studies for Customer Service and Project Portfolio Management, with critical implications for the Life-Sciences as well as High-Tech sectors. Please register with the French-American Chamber of Commerce.

SVASE Event: Venture Capital in a Downturn Market

Thursday, December 4 2008, 6pm - 8:30pm
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR Campus), 950 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto
Come meet with and hear leading venture investors, when they explore trends and provide insights on topics such as how not to survive but thrive in this market, attract venture funding, what does it mean for valuations, exit options etc.. For more information see Entrance fee for GABA members: $29.

BIG SVASE Event: Digital Media Startups
Thursday, December 10, 6pm - 8:30pm
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR Campus), 950 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto
Join the panel for a lively discussion on expectations and how to meet them under current market conditions. Among the speakers: Anne-Marie Roussel, Director, Emerging Business Team, Microsoft Corporation. For more information see Entrance fee for GABA members is $29.

Apollo Consulting and SAP: Surviving and Growing in a Difficult Economy 
December 11 2008, 10:00am - 1:30pm

SAP, Big Sur Room, 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto
The luncheon includes expert advisors on a Webcast such as Doug Tatum, the well known author of No Man's Land and Chairman of the Gazelle Institute. Registration closes on December 5, so please sign up quickly at
ICF'09:  Job Opportunities in Europe and Around the World
Friday, February 20 & Saturday, February 21, 2009
Cathedral Hill Hotel, 1101 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
Looking for a career opportunity in international? Come to the International Career Fair in San Francisco, and meet companies hiring around the world. For more information go to

2nd Energy Efficiency Symposium
March 10 2009 in Los Angeles
The event organized by The German American Chamber of Commerce, California Branch, will focus on energy efficiency in construction. It includes a one-day symposium that gives U.S. and German experts the opportunity to present current trends and future perspectives on the use of energy efficiency in buildings in both countries. Please see the event's website or contact Anja Nemitz ([email protected] / 415.248.1245) for detailed sponsorship opportunities.

New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate
 Basic Corporate

Individual Members

  • Kenneth Allen (new)
  • Marco Conradi
  • Gerd Goette
  • Mechthild Haspel (new)
  • Michael Herrler
  • Bernd Kohlstruck
  • Dr. Karl G. Leutschaft
  • Bernd Reinkemeier
  • Birgit  Rodstein
  • Daniel Schumann (new)
  • Alexander Schuth (new)
  • Johannes Stahl (new)
  • Thomas Swidler
For more information on how to become a GABA Member, contact  [email protected], or visit our website to sign up online.
Discount for GABA Members Exhibiting at the International Career Fair
Friday, February 20 & Saturday, February 21, 2009
Cathedral Hill Hotel, 1101 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
The International Career Fair has become a major recruitment event for companies looking for highly qualified personnel to staff their offices around the world. The 2 day event is sponsored by an international group of governmental and research organizations, professional associations, universities, and employment agencies, all working together to assist recruiting teams in sourcing the very best and brightest talent for positions in Europe, the Americas, and Asia.  GABA members receive a 5% discount on a booth at the ICF'09. For more information please contact [email protected]

Ecological Holiday Shopping in Santa Monica - Discount for GABA Members
December 12th - 14th from 10 am - 8 pm
Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
Presented by The Los Angeles Times, Eco Gift is the largest environmentally conscious consumer gift show in the world. Presented in a festival-like setting, Eco Gift showcases world-class live entertainment, socially conscious speakers, an organic food court and on-site eco gift-wrapping and shipping. GABA members get 50% off of daily admission with a code at online check out, the code is gaba.

Member News

European Counseling Blog Supports Homesick and Stressed Europeans
www.europeancounseling.wordpress.comEuropeans find insights on homesickness, burn out, and other issues. The blog can be a place for hope and support for everyone. We welcome suggestions for topics on our next blog posting. Please contact us via e-mail with your thoughts at [email protected] or [email protected]

State of Bavaria at Photonics West 2009
On the occasion of Photonics West 2009 in San Jose, the State of Bavaria office will host a reception in collaboration with the government of Quebec office, Los Angeles. The reception will feature cooperation projects between Bavaria and Quebec and present companies from the two partner States. The reception will be held on Tuesday, January 27th, 2009 in San Jose. For more information please contact [email protected]

Cooley Godward Kronish partner advises Obama on U.S. economy
Cooley Godward Kronish announced that Washington partner-in-charge and former SEC Commissioner Roel Campos has been selected to join an elite team of financial and economic experts on President-elect Barack Obama's economic advisory team. He is one of the 17 members of the Transition Economic Advisory Board that met with the President-elect on November 7th in Chicago, and he will continue to be involved in advising Obama in addressing the U.S. economic situation.

Budget-friendly Accommodations, Dining and Activities in The City

WIth 'San Francisco Faves', the Orchard Hotel offers a deluxe guest room together with a $100 voucher for lunch or dinner at Scoma's Restaurant, and two CityPasses. The one-night package is $299 based on double occupancy, and available November 19, 2008 to February 28, 2009 (excluding December 31st). Additional room nights begin at $129. For reservations or information, please visit or call toll-free 888/717-2881.

Publication on Market Outlook and Investment Landscape
Visit Financial Advisor Robert Revet's websiteat for the latest edition of 'On The Markets', a monthly publication that summarizes Citi SmithBarney Global Investment Committee's market outlook and examines the forces shaping the investment landscape.

Strategic Partnership for Mobile Advertising
Smaato, a pioneering provider for mobile advertising solutions, and Zedge, a leading mobile content and social community provider, announced a strategic partnership for mobile advertising. Zedge has over 11 million users of its leading mobile internet content destination site.

December Edition of German American Trade Magazine Online
You can download the magazine of the German American Chamber of Commerce  at

News from the Industry Groups

Job Board

Senior Consultant, Detecon Inc. Strategy and Innovation Group
Detecon is looking for talented, motivated individuals to join its Strategy and Innovation team in San Francisco. To learn more about the requirements please visit GABA's Website. If you are interested in working in a small, dynamic team at the forefront of today's business and technology trends, please send your application to: [email protected]

Internship at State of Bavaria U.S. Office in Palo Alto
The State of Bavaria U.S. Office for Economic Development (West Coast Division) in Palo Alto is offering internship positions in international business development, marketing research and international trade issues. For more information visit GABA's Website or contact [email protected]

Culture Selection

Weihnachtsmarkt at the German International School of Silicon Valley
Saturday, December 6 2008, 12am - 4pm
GISSV, 310 Easy Street, Mountain View
This is a traditional German holiday market with fine gifts, homemade
cookies, children's activities and a visit from the Weihnachtsmann.

Leonardo: 500 Years into the Future
Until January 4 2009, open daily (only closed on Christmas Day)
For the first time ever in the U.S.: The world premiere of the largest, most comprehensive exhibit of the innovative art, science and engineering works of Leonardo da Vinci and his contemporaries can be seen at The Tech Museum of Innovation.