October 2009
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GABA will have its own TV program coming soon. GABA TV will focus on German-American business and culture, and air on KMTP, reaching an audience of approximately 1.9 million households mainly in the San Francisco Bay area. To learn more about this new venture, read our press release.

Caroline Raynaud,
Executive Director

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GABA Events

German-Australian Oktoberfest
October 07, 2009, 07:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Standard Hotel, 8300 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood
Enjoy music by Australian artist and long-time GABA supporter Steve Cooke who will be supported by famous guitarist Ant Glynne (played with Mike Oldfield, Slash, Rick Wakeman and many others). Have a German beer and enjoy the vibe poolside while listening to live music in the Cactus Lounge.

5th Annual Oktoberfest Networking Reception - Members-Only
October 08, 2009, 05:30 pm - 07:30 pm
Carroll Burdick & McDonough, 44 Montgomery Street, Suite 400, San Francisco
The German American Business Association, the German American Chamber of Commerce and the State of Bavaria invite you to our 5th Annual Oktoberfest Networking Reception. Please come and join us for some German food and beer. Please RSVP to [email protected] or call Nichole Kohake at 415-743-2449. This is a members-only event!

Electric Cars: Transformational Change or Niche Trend?
October 12, 2009, 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Cooley Godward Kronish, LLP, 3175 Hanover Street, Palo Alto
Virtually every automaker is planning to launch electric vehicles (EVs) in the near term in response to social, political, and economic forces. How realistic are companies' ambitious goals regarding EVs? Are we reaching the turning point of the EV hype cycle?

Cross-border M&A after the Great Meltdown: A Merger Boom Lying in Wait
October 15, 2009, 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP, 1530 Page Mill Road Suite 200, Palo Alto
The panel of leading M&A practitioners will explore cross border M&A activity in the current climate. The discussion will provide mid market technology companies with an insight into the latest trends in international M&A.

GABA TV Oktoberfest Fundraiser
October 18, 2009, 01:30 pm - 04:00 pm
Gordon Biersch Restaurant, 640 Emerson Street, Palo Alto
Come join our Oktoberfest! The proceeds of this event will support your public TV station KMTP and GABA TV, a new program focused on German/American business and culture.

Jobhunting: Insights & Tips from a Headhunter
October 20, 2009, 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP, 1530 Page Mill Road, Suite 200, Palo Alto
While there are different types of recruiters out there, recruiting consultants can be a valuable tool in finding the right employment. They can help job seekers find jobs that are not advertised or get into a specific industry.

Managing Risk in a Global Economy
October 20, 2009, 06:30 pm - 09:30 pm
Chapman University, Argyros School of Business & Economics, One University Dr., Orange
GABA teams up with Citibank to discuss how your business can improve its competitiveness and increase profitability in the global marketplace.

Bay Area Stammtisch San Jose
October 21, 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.

Energy Efficiency - An Innovation and Business Opportunity
October 29, 2009, 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
SAP Labs, Building D, 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto
During this panel discussion co-organized jointly by GABA and Churchill Club, we will learn from companies like SAP, Google, Sun Microsystems, Cisco, Microsoft, Amazon, how they approach energy efficiency and turn it into business opportunities creating more jobs.

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

Co-Sponsored Events

Potential Collaborations & Business Opportunities in Sustainable Innovation
October 5, 2009, 09:00 am - 05:00 pm
Greenv Sustainable Center of South San Francisco, 1 Chestnut Ave, South San Francisco
This event brings together the leaders in energy and environmental policy from Sweden and California and the trendsetters within clean tech for a dynamic dialogue about successes, current technology gaps, and insights into business opportunities. Discounted ticket price for GABA members: $55.00.

SVASE Event: A special evening with Randy Komisar - Getting to Plan B
October 6, 2009, 06:00 pm - 08:30 pm
Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP, 1100 March Rd, Menlo Park
Author of the best-seller "The Monk and the Riddle", Randy is an entrepreneur, VC and lecturer on entrepreneurship at Stanford University. The event gives the opportunity to learn more about his new co-authored book "Getting to plan B". GABA members pay the affiliates price of $29 for this event.

Localization World
October 20, 2009, 09:00 am to October 22, 2009, 05:00 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.

New and Renewing Members

German American International School
Orrick, Herrington, Sutcliffe LLP
Siemens Technology-to-Business Center (TTB)

Basic Corporate:
Across Systems, Inc. (new)
DoorsOfOpportunities (new)
Gateway Assets (new)
Transworld Shipping

Individual Members:
Uwe Boesinger (new)
Magdalena Bogart (new)
Peter Cordes
Aaron Enz (new)
Florian Gador
Richard Hermerding (new)
Sylvia Kainz (new)
Paul Kallmes
Kate Kelly
Suhi Koizumi (new)
Ghassen Mosbahi (new)
Tod Myerscough (new)
Bruce Riter (new)
Benno Ritter (new)
Amir Sadighi (new)
Ulrich Schulz
Gian Carlo Sciuchetti (new)
Ralph Silver (new)
Dora Szalontai (new)
Andreas Walter (new)
Hans Wolters(new)

Student Members:
Felix Huber (new)
David Schoenberg (new)

For more information on how to become a GABA Member, contact [email protected], or visit our website to sign up online.

GABA Inside

Become a GABA Member before October 31, and Attend 1 Event for FREE
GABA is offering a special promotion for new members. When signing up for a membership before the end of the month, you receive one GABA event in 2009 for free (not valid for co-sponsored events). To learn more about this special offer, go to the membership section of our website or contact us at [email protected].

Industry Groups
The Current Challenges Wireless Semiconductor Manufacturers Are Facing
Convergence, differentiation, patents and innovation were some of the hot topics discussed during the Semiconductor event on Phone Wars in Palo Alto on September 17th. To read more, provide feedback, and to view some pictures and slides, visit the GABA Blog here.
GABA Started Blogging
In September, we started a Blog at www.gaba-network.blogspot.com to further engage the Industry Groups and the whole GABA community. We would like to thank Tim Bailey, who was our speaker at the event on Social Networking on September 10, for writing the first guest post on "Who You Know, Who Do They Know, And How Will You Be Perceived?". Check it out, and tell us what you think!
GABA's Industry Groups (IG's) provide resources and networking opportunities specific to each industry:

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

Globalization and Its Impact on Translation Management
Across Systems, leading independent provider of language technology for the linguistic supply chain, hosts a user meeting at Localization World Pre-Conference, October 20th, in Santa Clara. Those interested in marketing to multilingual markets are invited to join this complimentary half-day event. For more information & registration, please click here.

Oktoberfest at Esther's German Bakery
We invite all our friends from GABA to celebrate with us on October 3rd in our bakery and restaurant at 987 N. San Antonio Rd, Los Altos. Specialties off the Grill and Beer will be served from 11 am to 5 pm. Enjoy dancing with the Golden Gate Bavarian Dance Club and Music from the "Alte Kameraden". If you come in a Dirndl or Lederhosen, you will receive a free pretzel.

Foreign Bank Accounts Voluntary Disclosure Program
The IRS announced an extension, through October 15, 2009, of the deadline to participate in the foreign bank account voluntary disclosure program. The program provides penalty relief for individuals that have failed to adequately report income tied to undisclosed foreign bank accounts. For legal advice from Royse Law Firm, please contact [email protected].

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.

Sonnenschein Nath Rosenthal LLP Supports Women Entrepreneurs
Sonnenschein's Venture Capital practice group will host the candidate interviews for the Astia Doing It Right Silicon Valley event on October 1, 2009 in Sonnenschein's Silicon Valley Office. Astia is an innovative global not-for-profit organization that propels women's full participation as entrepreneurs and business leaders.

Fall Zeppelin Flights With Most Spectacular Views
As summer fog clears, Airship Ventures, Inc. provides flights on its "Eureka" not only over Silicon Valley and San Francisco, but also over Monterey Bay and Long Beach in California. Built in Friedrichshafen, Germany, the Zeppelin NT is the only one in the US and also used for advertising and aerial scientific projects.

Merk Launches Absolute Return Currency Fund
Merk Investments launched the Merk Absolute Return Currency Fund. The no-load mutual fund seeks to generate positive absolute returns by investing in currencies. A pure play on currencies, the Fund aims to profit regardless of the direction of the U.S. dollar or traditional asset classes. For more information, see www.merkfund.com.

Poggenpohl Kitchen Brand Highly Appreciated
The Poggenpohl brand ranks sixth among German luxury brands and first in the category of manufactured premium kitchens, according to a survey of the Top 30 German manufacturers of luxury goods. Poggenpohl joins the ranks of illustrious brands, such as A. Lange & Söhne, Maybach, Glashütte and Porsche. For more information, see www.poggenpohl.com.

Job Board

Accross Systems Is Hiring Sales Manager and Technical Consultants
Across Systems, Inc.is expanding their U.S. sales force and consultancy group, and needs additional team members for their headquarters in Glendale, CA. Please go to the job market on the GABA Website to see the current job openings for a seasoned sales professional with experience in the localization and translation industry and technical consultants. For more information contact [email protected].

GABA TV Offers Volunteer Opportunity (Palo Alto/ Bay Area)
For the launch of GABA TV, we are looking for a volunteer interested in fundraising, marketing, media and German-American business relations. The person should be able to work independently and result oriented, and have excellent communication skills in English, German is a plus. To inquire about this position, please contact Pamela Sommer at [email protected].

Driver Wanted at German Consulate in San Francisco
The General Consul is seeking a driver who speaks both English and German. To read the full job ad visit the GABA job market.

Culture Selection

Berlin Philharmonic in San Francisco
November 20 and 21, 2009, 8:00 pm
Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
Don't miss the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra's second visit to San Francisco in fifty years. Sir Simon Rattle will conduct Brahms and Schoenberg.