September 2009
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Many thanks to our volunteers, committed BBQ masters and the sponsors of our silent auction for making our Sommerfest a great success. Folks of all ages enjoyed themselves. 
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Caroline Raynaud,
Executive Director

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GABA Events

GABA Job Hunting Series: Social Networking - Increase your Personal & HR Opportunities
September 10, 2009, 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP, 1530 Page Mill Rd., Suite 200, Palo Alto
Learn effective ways of utilizing sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter for state-of-the-art personal marketing and job search.

Bay Area Stammtisch Palo Alto
September 16, 2009, 07:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Gordon Biersch, 640 Emerson St, Palo Alto
Join us for GABA's monthly casual get-together. No RSVP needed; free to attend.

Phone Wars I - The Hardware
September 17, 2009, 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP, 1530 Page Mill Rd., Suite 200, Palo Alto
New challenges, strategies and trends in the wireless semiconductor manufacturing industry as well as influences of the economic downturn, new technologies and subsequent disruptive changes will be discussed.

Members Only: Speed Networking Session
September 21, 2009, 06:30 pm - 08:30 pm
The Private Bank of Union Bank, 18th floor, 350 California Street, San Francisco
This event is a unique networking opportunity: The Power Networking Committee of the French American Chamber of Commerce (FACCSF) invites GABA members for an evening of focused one-on-one networking within this select group of business professionals.

Sell and Market Across Borders: How to Position Yourself and Your Company for Value
September 24, 2009, 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Bingham McCutchen LLP, 1900 University Ave, Palo Alto
Learn how to turn your unique experiences into successful business for you or your company in this GABA Women in Business event.

5th Annual Oktoberfest Networking Reception (Members-Only)
October 8, 2009, 05:30 pm - 07:30 pm
CutcCarroll Burdick & McDonogh, 44 Montgomery Streeet, Suite 400, San Francisco
GABA, the German American Chamber of Commerce and the State of Bavaria invite you to our 5th Annual Oktoberfest Networking Reception sponsored by Carroll, Burdick & McDonough LLP.

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

Co-Sponsored Events

SVASE Main Event: Shaking the Money Tree
Thursday, September 3, 2009, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Campus, 950 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304
PricewaterhouseCoopers will unveil the MoneyTree report - a study of global venture capital investment activity - followed by a discussion from top venture capitalists who will explore the key trends in venture financing. Reduced affiliate rate for GABA members: $29

Summit on CleanTech Law and the New Energy Policy
September 18, 2009, 9 am - 5 pm
Southwestern Law School, 3050 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles
Shaub & Williams and Southwestern Law School are presenting this conference. Come listen to leading players in the renewable energy industry, and discuss the essentials of law, policy, and finance. The registration fee is $195 until September 10. Discount for GABA members: $20.

Localization World
October 20, 2009 9:00 am to October 22, 2009 5:00 pm
Santa Clara Convention Center, Great America Parkway 5001, Santa Clara
Fifty informative sessions on global business best practices, international marketing, global ad campaigns, HR management, global websites, localization and translation management. Exhibit hall with service and technology vendors. Early registration discount ends September 15, 2009.

New and Renewing Members


Localization World (new)

Basic Corporate:
Airship Ventures (new)

Individual Members:
David de Ruig
Britta Fischlin (new)
Olof Hansen (new)
Cindy Hsieh (new)
Wolf Liebchen (new)
Jurgen Menge (new)
Dominik Moulliet (new)
Nischal Piratla (new)
Angela Schlafke (new)
Alex Urmersbach
Philip Weitz (new)

Student Members:
Mark Nemtsov (new)

For information on membership, contact membership@gaba-network.org, or click here.

Inside GABA
GABA Stammtisch Has Gathered Momentum Again
The monthly Stammtisch in San Jose at Teske's, and in Palo Alto at Gordon Biersch are very well attended, and the GABA volunteers do a great job connecting people with similar interests during these networking events. This way, building a valuable network of German-American friends and business contacts alike becomes a breeze. If you have not been to a Stammtisch yet, please see the GABA event calendar and try it out. You will surely feel at ease.
GABA Volunteer Runs to Save Lifes
Antonia Rosa Estrella is running a Marathon on October 18th, 2009 in San Francisco to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Find out more about the cause and/or make a tax-deductible contribution at http://pages.teamintraining.org/sj/nikesf09/aestrella.

News from the Industry Groups

Sponsorship Opportunities at GABA Events
The German American Business Association is offering different options to present your business at our industry specific events:
1. Full event sponsorship including your logo on our event calendar and on all event invitations plus business showcase exhibit table at the event: $500 (members only);
2. Business Showcase Exhibit Table, member rate: $150, non-member rate $250 (includes two event entrances).
Please contact us at sponsorship@gaba-network.org to get a list with our upcoming events. For more information on different sponsorship options click here.

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

Automotive IG
Clean Tech IG
Communications & Mobile IG
Entrepreneurs & Venture Capital IG
Human Resources IG
Life Sciences IG
Media & Entertainment IG
Semiconductor - IT IG
Software IG
Women in Business IG

Member News

accessio Represents German Thin Film PV Module Manufacturer in North America
Sulfurcell has been manufacturing and developing thin-film solar modules based on
CIS/CIGSe since 2003. Designs: Framed Standard Module, Frameless Laminate and a roof integrated module. accessio is looking for system integrators, distributors, and partners to carry the product, as well as key projects. For further information contact  info@accessio.com, +1 (714) 368-7564.

K&L Gates Takes the Lead on LEED Accreditation
With more than 60 lawyers in the United States and London having earned accreditation as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professionals (LEED-AP) from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), 
K&L Gates LLP now offers one of the largest groups of LEED-accredited lawyers in the industry.

Seminar on Cultural Differences in Start-up Operations
Lamson Consulting invites you to hear the journeys of international companies who set up successfull operations in the U.S.. They will share how they overcame obstacles and learned to communicate effectively across cultures. Company executives, intercultural experts, and a lawyer will participate in this panel discussion on September 23rd, from 6pm-8pm. For more details and to register, please contact info@lamsonconsulting.com

Daniel Zimmermann Chair of California State Bar's International Law Section
Daniel Zimmermann, partner at
Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal has been appointed chair of the Executive Committee of California State Bar's  International Law Section. The section serves lawyers handling international legal matters in many areas, including  corporate and business transactions, litigation and arbitration, tax,  regulatory and trade matters, bankruptcy, intellectual property and family law.

Culture Selection

Preview Screeing: The Baader Meinhof Complex 
Wednesday, September 2, 2009, 07:00 pm
Landmark's Embarcadero Center Cinema, San Francisco, (415) 276-4893

The 2009 Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Language Film dramatizes the history of the real-life West German terrorist group Red Army Faction (RAF), which rose to violent action against the German political status quo in the late 1960s. It opens September 11th at the Landmark?s theatres in Berkeley and Palo Alto.

Icons of a Border Installation - Traces in Today's Berlin
The Goethe-Institut San Francisco brought the photographic exhibit to the USA for the year 2009. It will be on display at the University of California, Irvine, from September 28 to November 2, 2009. Berkeley hosts the exibition from November 9 to December 21, 2009. For more information see http://www.norcal.aatg.org/mauer.html.