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GABA Newsletter January 2009
In This Issue
GABA Events
Co-Sponsored Events
New and Renewing Members
Member News
Industry Groups
Culture Selection

2008 has been a great year for GABA and I appreciate the support that so many people are giving to our organization. Great thanks to all our members, sponsors and speakers for helping to make GABA a success. We are looking forward to (net)working with you in 2009.

Happy New Year!

Caroline Raynaud,
Executive Director

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GABA Events

Bay Area Stammtisch    
Wednesday, January 21 2009, 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.

Managing Across the Generations
Thursday, January 22 2009, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Cooley Goodward at 3175 Hanover Street in Palo Alto
This 90-minute program includes a presentation of recent research from Next Step on global  multigenerational challenges and best practices as well as panel discussion of the perspectives of Millennial, Gen X, Baby Boomer and Traditionalist employees and managers.

Understating How to Ace an Interview American-Style
Thursday, January 29 2009, 9:30am-12:00pm
K&L Gates, 630 Hansen Way, Palo Alto
In this 2 hour session, we will look at how to highlight your strengths and present them in a memorable way, how to "run through your resume" with engaging and memorable examples and what kind of interviewing style will help you and which one won't.
Visit GABA's online event calendar for more information and to register!

Co-Sponsored Events 

SVASE Main Event: Angel Investors to the Rescue in 2009
Thursday, January 8 2009, 6pm - 8:30pm
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR Campus), 950 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto
Leading angel investors provide insights on critical questions such as how the dynamics and metrics of Angel investing has changed in the past 12 months, what's happening to valuations and how a startup should to look like to be attractive for Angels today.

CSPA Event: VC Outlook 2009: Looking Down the Money Trail
Tuesday, January 13, 2009, 6:30 pm - 8:45 pm
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, Palo Alto
CSPA will bring together a panel of distinguished venture capitalists, and ask them to examine the investment landscape and look into their crystal balls.  Where will VCs put their money in 2009?  What sectors are hot?  What sectors are not?  What has happened to valuations?  What would be their advice for entrepreneurs?

Annual Economic Forecast Lunch with the British American Business Council
Tuesday, January 20, 2009, noon
The Stock Exchange Tower, 155 Sansome Street, 11th Floor, San Francisco

Hear expert predictions for 2009 and discuss how local and global economic patterns might affect your business in light of the new administration in Washington. GABA members can sign-up for the reduced and co-sponsor member price of $65 per head.

SVASE Event: A Clean Tech Perspective on What Investors Want to See
Wednesday, January 21 2009, 6pm - 8:30pm
Cooley Godward Kronish LLP, 3175 Hanover Street, Palo Alto
Where will VCs invest the current capital?  What are these investors and stakeholders really looking for in startup companies?
New and Renewing Members

Basic Corporate

Individual Members

  • Heiko Dirks (new)
  • Gerd Goette
  • Olaf Groth
  • Olof Hansen
  • Elke Heiss (new)
  • Burton Lee (new)
  • Thomas Listerman (new)
  • Peter Lundy (new)
  • Thorsten Ruehl (new)
For more information on how to become a GABA Member, contact  [email protected], or visit our website to sign up online.
Introducing Antonia Estrella
We are pleased to announce that Antonia Estrella has joined GABA as a volunteer for project and database management. She moved to the Bay Area after finishing her Master of Science in Management at the ESCP-EAP European School of Management. Antonia has an international background and work experience in the field of Marketing interning with companies such as Volkswagen, Siemens and L'Oréal. She is currently looking for a new job.

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]

Member News

Start Learning German in the Heart of Orange County
"German 1", Elementary German, will be offered through Saddleback College at the new satellite campus, ATEP , located at the corner of Valencia and Red Hill on the Tustin/Irvine border near "The District." Classes begin January 12, 2009. Enrollment for the spring schedule can be made on-line at Click here for the faculty profile or contact [email protected] directly.

Open Houses @ German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV)
January 10 2009, 10am-1pm - GISSV Campus in Mountain View, 310 Easy Street
January 22 2009, 7pm, GISSV Berkeley Campus in Kensington, 1 Lawson Road

The German International School of Silicon Valley invites you to visit their two campus sites and to learn about the dual immersion program (German and English). For more information please visit or call 650 254 0748.

German American International School (GAIS) Program Information Evening
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
275 Elliott Drive, Menlo Park

You are welcome to visit the GAIS and find out about the unique educational experience it offers for your child. We have scheduled a series of interesting presentations for you to attend:
6:30 - 7:30 pm  Preschool and Elementary School
7:30 - 8:30 pm  Vorschule and Middle School

New Timepieces Crafted by Hand

Urs Ryser at Ryser Watch Company (Swisstimepieces) in Marin County has come out with a new selection of watches. To see the latest timepieces that reflect the Swiss craftsmanship and artistry visit

Award for the Coolest Ad-Enabled Application Goes to DialPlus
San Diego based DialPlus won over the jury of the Smaato Mobile Advertising Award 2008 with its application that is showing visual information from the web for a phone number before, during and after a call. For more information about the finalists see

JV-Global Generates Lead on German Consumer Portals
JV-Global, one of Germany's largest Internet Marketing agencies, is now running online advertising campaigns on all major consumer portals. Among others, it generates sales leads for Allianz, AXA, Barmenia, Central, Gothaer, HUK. For more information email [email protected]

News from the Industry Groups

Media & Entertainment IG Blog Site With Round Table Video
The New Media event on December 16th was the first time, GABA Silicon Valley used a TV Studio with a live audience. The televised panel of media experts, discussed whether the foreseen difficult economic times of 2009, will promote or inhibit innovation. The video is now posted on the blog site

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

Culture Selection

Berlin & Beyond Film Festival
January 15 - January 21 2009
The Castro Theatre, San Francisco and in Point Arena (Marin County)
Two dozen new films from Germany, Austria and Switzerland will be shown in the presence of numerous directors, actors and film experts. Festival award winner Wim Wenders will be at the Castro for the US Premier of his latest film, Palermo Shooting, followed by an on-stage talk.