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April 2009

GABA Events

Co-Sponsored Events

New and Renewing Members


Member News

Industry Groups

Culture Selection

"Cool and plugged in" was the topic of our co-sponsored Web 2.0 event on February 25th in Palo Alto. We filmed the panel discussion about the latest 'gizmos' and technologies. Click here to hear the brightest innovators talk about the challenges they are facing.

Caroline Raynaud,
Executive Director

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GABA Events
Cleantech Project Finance: Accessing The Stimulus Package
April 03, 2009, 08:30 am - 10:30 am
K&L Gates, LLP, 10100 Santa Monica Blvd, 7th Floor, Los Angeles
K&L Gates and Deloitte & Touche are pleased to partner with the German American Business Association's Southern California Chapter to present a panel presentation on cleantech financing, focusing on the nuts and bolts of tapping into government funding.
Bay Area Stammtisch San Jose
April 15, 2009 07:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Teskes-Germania Restaurant, 255 N. First Street at Devin, San Jose
Join us for GABA's monthly casual get-together. No RSVP needed; free to attend. For directions, call (650) 326-1020.
How Bright is the Future for Solar Power?
April 16, 2009, 06:00 pm - 08:30 pm
Cooley Godward Kronish LLP, 3175 Hanover Street, Palo Alto
Solar power seems one of the most promising renewable energy. So how come OptiSolar, a local solar panel manufacturer has been unable to raise further financing? With technological advances, how effective can solar power be? And what do the Renewable Energy Financing Incentives mean for early stage solar companies? Come hear our panel explore these and more topics.
Successful Corporate Blogging
April 20, 2009, 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
The Media Center TV Studio, 900 San Antonio Rd, Palo Alto
This televised panel of media experts is aimed to give insight in how to use blogging as a successful marketing communications strategy.
Women in Business: Career Changes, Relocation, and Other Stories
April 23, 2009, 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Mindjet, 1160 Battery Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco
Join fellow women professionals to discuss international stories of professional growth and successes, roles for women working in the Bay Area, and other workforce topics.
Alternative Financing Conference
April 30, 2009, 06:00 pm - 09:30 pm
Sheraton Hotel 625 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
Come listen and learn from the lessons and experiences of those who understand the inner workings of this stage. The German-American Business Association is teaming up with Nixon Peabody LLP, and the FACCSF to present this panel.
Visit GABA's online event calendar for more information and to register!
Co-Sponsored Events
TiEcon 2009
May 15, 2009 10:00 am to May 16, 2009 04:00 pm
Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara
TiEcon is TiE's flagship event and considered the world's largest conference of entrepreneurs. GABA members will get reduced admission at $270 instead of $320 when registering online at www.tiecon.org with Promo Code: TIEGABAX. This price is valid through April 12th.
Silicom Ventures International Summit 2009
June 2 and 3, 2009
Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, 326 Galvez Street, Stanford
The program will bring together selected innovative companies, investors and business partners from Israel, the US, the Netherlands and other innovation hotspots around the world. It features selected company investment opportunities, panel discussions, and a full day entrepreneur's boot camp. For more information visit www.silicomsummit2009.com.
New and Renewing Members
Premium Corporate
Basic Corporate
Individual Members
  • Mike Anderson (new)
  • Wolfram Arnold
  • Alan Beale (new)
  • Brigitte Binkert (new)
  • Anthony Bozanic
  • Franz Feuerherdt
  • Bernhard Hiller
  • Beth Hummer
  • Roland E. Lazzaroto (new)
  • Yu Liu (new)
  • Frank Menkel
  • Simone Mueller
  • Andrea Neitzer (new)
  • Thomas Rees
  • Anne-Frauke Schulz
  • Nicolai Schwarz-Gondek (new)
  • Ralph Silberman (new)
  • Ragna Sturm (new)
  • Juan N. Walterspiel MD
  • Marcel Weiher (new)
Student Members
  • Benjamin Boeser
  • Donata Makuta (new)
  • Evelin Szakal (new)

For more information on how to become a GABA Member, contact membership@gaba-network.org, or visit our website to sign up online.

Bernd Steinebrunner Joined Metlife as Financial Associate

Bernd Steinebrunner, Director of the GABA Board, joined the Financial Planning Division, an Office of MetLife in Irvine, as fee-based Financial Planner. Bernd works with small business owners, families, and individuals in all aspects of comprehensive financial planning. Please check out his profile on the GABA website and at www.metlifeplanners.com.

Sixt Special Offer Program for GABA Members

GABA members now receive special conditions on Sixt rent a car and Sixt holiday cars. After your first rental, Sixt is offering you a Gold Card providing you with additional discounts, preferred service at check-in, and preference in car selection. After 5 rentals you will receive a Platinum Card, further increasing the benefits. To learn more about the special GABA offer go to the Member Benefit page.

Phoebe Schmalz-Ziekow New Volunteer at GABA

Phoebe Schmalz-Ziekow has joined GABA as a volunteer for supporting events and helping with data management. Phoebe graduated from the Technical University Berlin with a Masters of Business Mathematics. She moved to Emeryville at the beginning of the year, and is currently looking for a job in the Bay Area.

Member News
Advice From Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP

Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP now advises U.S., German and other international corporations, research organizations and venture investors in all aspects of procurement, protection, litigation and commercialization of patents, trademarks, trade secrets and copyrights. Contact Ken Allen at krallen@townsend.com - (650) 324-6302 or Dr. Siegfried Ruppert at sjwruppert@townsend.com - (415) 273-7589 or visit www.townsend.com.

City National Bank with new premier location in San Francisco

The 100 Montgomery Street Banking Office offers a full range of financial services, including commercial and private banking, business trust and investment, international banking and cash management. Contact German speaking Relationship Manager Tibor Mueller at (415)576-2407 or tibor.mueller@cnb.com.

ecoEdge Offers Green Building Consulting Services

Uwe Heine, founder of ecoEdge Consulting, Inc., passed the U.S. Green Building Councils LEED AP exam. ecoEdge now offers clients consulting services for their LEED projects. Uwe will also be a presenter at the Green Tech Academy in Santa Clara on April 4. For more info: www.greentechacademy.org.

Personal Sessions On Money Management for Tough Times

On March 17th, about 20 people attended the workshop at Bingham McCutchen in Palo Alto. It was facilitated by Thomas Laniecki, a speaker and educator for Money Management Educators. Attendees learned how to successfully navigate through economic downturns by employing a disciplined asset allocation and periodic rebalancing approach. A complimentary one-on-one personal education session is available to all interested parties. To schedule a session or for more information about financial wellness programs at your company, please contact Thomas Laniecki at 510-777-9566 or at ThomasLaniecki@mmeducators.org.

Strategic Change Management for Energy Efficiency

ASK Business Consulting Group launches a new Strategic Change Management package to promote and improve Energy Efficiency Program Implementation for German, Hungarian and U.S. Corporations in California. For more information, please contact Anita Susanne Katzenbach at anita.katzenbach@askbcg.com, +1 (310) 428-4563.

Free Webinar - Selling Value Company-wide to Increase Revenue

Next Step invites GABA members to a free webinar on April 22 from 10-11am: In today's market and environment, increasing revenue from new customers and sales is critical. This webinar will provide techniques that anyone in your organization can use to demonstrate and sell the value of your solution. To register click here.

Peritus Precision Translations, Inc.: Leading Green by Example

Green business practices have a new international advocate in Peritus Precision Translations, Inc.. Peritus has been recognized as a Certified Green Business by the Bay Area Green Business Program. President and founder Dagmar Dolatschko believes that the green movement depends on people leading by example. The Redwood City based company has been offering a full range of ISO-certified translation services in over 100 languages for more than a decade.

InterContinental Goes Green in the City

The InterContinental San Francisco announces its plan to achieve LEED® (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification by early 2010. Working in conjunction with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the hotel is applying for certification in the existing build operations and maintenance category. For more information click here.

Longer Opening Hours at Esther's German Bakery and Cafe

In line with demand, Esther's in Los Altos is now open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday until 5 pm instead of only 3 pm. Therefore, people can now have their afternoon cake and coffee in the Café (The kitchen meanwhile closes at 2:30pm). Please click here for complete opening hours.

News from the Industry Groups
New Semiconductor IG Co-Chair

Hartmut Schittko is Director for Business Development and Marketing at Infineon Technologies North America. His current focus lies on wireless software such as the Comneon 3GPP Protocol Stack family and the Comneon IMS Device Framework. Before, Hartmut held various positions including corporate strategy and R&D management in the Munich headquarter. He holds an MSc in Physics from RWTH Aachen and an MBA from Collège des Ingénieurs, Paris.

Culture Selection
Patterns of Speculation: J. Mayer H.
Through July 7, 2009
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St.

With this exhibition of the Berlin-based architectural studio J. Mayer H., SFMOMA explores a new way of presenting architecture in a gallery setting by joining images of built projects with supergraphics, sound, and video.