and Renewing Members
The sold-out 2nd annual European Networking Event on February 19th in
San Francisco hosted and organized by GABA, the French American Chamber
of Commerce, and the British American Business Council attracted almost
200 people. Check out event photos here.
Those who did not have the chance to attend should register early for
Celebrate Euro event on May 7th in Palo Alto.
Join GABA today!
Bay Area Stammtisch
Wednesday, March 18, 2009, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Effective Job Hunting Strategies: A Practical Approach
Gordon Biersch, 640 Emerson St, Palo Alto
Look in the Bar Area for the
small German flag. No RSVP needed; free to attend.
Thursday, March 12, 2009, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
SAP Labs, Building D, 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto
Job hunting for all of us can be discouraging and overwhelming, especially in this market. Come and work through some of the steps you can apply to your job searches today.
Strategies in Tough Times
Tuesday, March 17,
2009, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Bingham McCutchen LLP, 1900
University Ave, Palo Alto, CA
session is designed to help you find a measure of security as
you navigate through the hazards of market downturns and times
of economic uncertainty. You will learn effective steps to
take and important mistakes to avoid in tough times like
Sciences Capital Investments in a Volatile Market
Thursday, March 26, 2009, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Therevance, 901 Gateway Blvd, South San Francisco
Life Science Industry Group has invited capital planning experts to
present and discuss how the financial crisis and expected economic
stimuli packages impact and reshape capital planning in the Life
Sciences and Health Care sectors.
online event calendar for more information and
Work Visa Strategies & the April 1st H-1B
March 3 2009, 5:30pm - 8:00pm
America California Bank, 417 Montgomery
Street, San Francisco
This timely seminar will also cover the impact of the recession on work
visas and green cards, layoffs, mergers and acquisitions. GABA member
Jim Mayock, Elliot & Mayock LLP, holds this seminar in
conjunction with the BABC, and offers GABA members a discounted rate of
SVASE Main Event: Building a Great Company Without
March 5, 2009, 6pm - 8:30pm
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
(WSGR Campus), 950 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto
What does it mean to bootstrap a company? Join us as our panel of
experts who have been there, done that and in some cases several times!
? help you figure out if bootstrapping is for you. Price for GABA
Entrepreneur Funding Boot Camp
March 6, 2009, and Thursday, April 9, 2009, 8:00am to 4:30pm
PG&E Conference Room 323, 77 Beale St., San Francisco
Keiretsu Forum organizes a boot camp that will be offered on two
different dates to choose from. The all day intensive session teaches
the ins and outs of the funding process from investors and experts who
have successfully helped their clients navigate the funding process. It
is designed for entrepreneurs, including CEOs and other C-Level
executives from start-up companies. Course fees: $195/person, including
course materials, handouts, breakfast, and lunch. For more information
and to register see http://fundingbootcampmarch09.eventbrite.com
2nd Energy Efficiency Symposium
March 10, 2009, 9:00am - 7:00pm
Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (JFB Auditorium)
111 N. Hope Street, Los Angeles
event 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.
BIGs: Innovation at Warp Speed! ? Opportunities in
the Mobile Market
March 19, 2009, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: TBD ? Please check website www.svase.org
Innovation in the mobile space is taking place at warp speed. New
business models and paradigms that barely existed a year ago are
emerging to turn the industry on its head. The panel will explore the
opportunities these will create for entrepreneurs during the next
years. Price for GABA members $29.
Increased Membership by 17% in 2008
The GABA membership statistics
for 2008 show a growth of 17% over the last year. Currently, the
association counts 280 paying members. The Southern California Chapter
was especially successful doubling their membership at the end of 2008. The GABA mailing list keeps growing too,
and has passed 4,000 subscribers at the beginning of 2009.
Volunteer at GABA
Manuela Hiller has joined GABA as a volunteer
for the monthly newsletter. Manuela graduated from the University of
Leipzig with a Master of Arts, and worked as a project manager in a
financial services company focusing on the renewable energy sector. She
moved to Palo Alto at the beginning of the year, and is currently
looking for a job in the Bay Area.
Law Firm With New Office in L.A.
Law Firm has opened a Los Angeles office at 10900 Wilshire Boulevard.
The Southern California office will be headed up by Laurie Allen,
formerly general counsel at Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc..
Laurie will focus on corporate law. Royse Law Firm provides corporate,
business and tax law services to domestic and international companies
and is on the web at www.rroyselaw.com.
of Berlin Coming to San Francisco
Berlin Partner GmbH, Berlin's
economic development organization will be present at the Web 2.0 Expo in the Moscone Center
from the 31st of March to the 3rd of April. At the booth which will
highlight Berlin as Germany's No. 1 location for web startups,
Metaversum?s Twinity Project, a 3D-version of Berlin will be shown.
Business Development Between Germany, India, China and USA
Lamson has launched a new company in the Bay Area concentrating on
global diversity and intercultural training, as well as global talent
management, and M&A Integration. The main focus is on new
business development between Germany, India, China and the USA. See www.lamsonconsulting.com for more
services and products.
State of Bavaria Office Has Moved to San Francisco
can now find the State of Bavaria
U.S. West Coast Office on 388 Market Street, Suite 1050, in
the heart of the Financial District. T: +1.415.362.1001, F:
+1.415.362.1030. Office hours are Monday to Friday from 9:00am to
5:00pm, feel free to stop by.
Counseling Services is Expanding
Counseling Services is now adding more licensed psychotherapists from
Europe to the therapist listing. For additional information, please
contact us via e-mail at [email protected] or
[email protected] or visit www.europeancounseling.com.
Attorney in San Francisco
Schmidt Law Group, a full service
immigration law firm, opened its offices in San Francisco. Heading a
group of specialized lawyers is German American attorney Christian
Schmidt. He looks forward to assisting the German-American business
community in furthering its activities and welcomes inquiries at
U.S. Attorney at Fragomen Frankfurt
Fragomen, Del Ray, Benson, and Loewy, LLP
is a global corporate immigration law firm providing global immigration
solutions. The Frankfurt office assists with inbound and outbound
German and U.S. work visas and residence permits. Contact partner David
Hirson at +1.949.660.3504, [email protected]
or Susanne Turner at + 49 06920974912, [email protected].
Services to Help Technology Firms in Tough Times
The Brenner Group is expanding its
workout and restructuring practice to help technology firms weather the
current economic environment. For more than 20 years, the group has
supplied specialized financial and management services ? from interim
executive leadership to investment banking to valuations (e.g.
409A/123R). For more information visit www.thebrennergroup.com.
Featured in a Report from Deutsche Welle
member Vidyo with GABA Chairman Thomas Neubert was featured in a report
from Deutsche Welle about Silicon Valley. Please click here to
watch the video.
Development for German, Hungarian and U.S. Corporations
GABA member ASK Business Consulting Group with
offices in Beverly Hills helps corporations to improve their
organizational performance, master change and create excellence. For
more information contact ASK President Anita S. Katzenbach at [email protected], +1
Helps Tell Compelling Corporate Stories
A Blue Streak
has deep experience helping clients from around the world formulate
powerful communications for the English-speaking market. The
consultancy specializes in helping clients formulate their story,
whether a sales presentation, quarterly report or client communication,
while conferring with them in their preferred language (English,
German, Japanese or French). Contact [email protected] or see www.abluestreak.com.
Celebrates 20th Anniversary
May 16, 2009, 6:00pm
Stanford Faculty Club, 439 Lagunita Drive,
Founded in 1988, The German-American International School (GAIS) in
Menlo Park has celebrated the first twenty years of its existence with
a series of special events throughout 2008, culminating in the GAIS
20th Anniversary Celebration in May 2009. Please join us for a special
anniversary dinner, dance performance, D.J. music and more! For
information about admission, please contact [email protected].