November 2009
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The Sustainability panel, moderated by Steve Westly, on October 29th was the first event we organized jointly with Churchill Club. The audience of 150 and their enthusiasm suggests we should continue that way. For event pictures click here.

Caroline Raynaud,
Executive Director

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GABA Events

The Future of Home Entertainment
November 5, 2009, 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Orrick, 1100 Marsh Road, Mesa Verde Cafe, Menlo Park
Join executives from the technology community in Silicon Valley as well as the premium content community in Hollywood to learn more about the future of entertainment technology in our homes and pick up some tips for what to buy for the Holidays!

Cleantech Financing for the Future
November 10, 2009, 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
K&L Gates, 4 Embarcadero Center, 12th Floor, San Francisco
GABA's cleantech financing panel discussion will offer insights into the changed landscape of cleantech funding opportunities ranging from government funding to banks and VC's.

GABA Munich Stammtisch
November 17, 2009, 06:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Augustiner am Dom, Frauenplatz 8, 2. Stock, 80331 München
Monthly meeting with special guest.

Bay Area Stammtisch Palo Alto
November 18, 2009, 07:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Gordon Biersch Restaurant, 640 Emerson Street, Palo Alto
Join us for GABA's monthly casual get-together.

Social Financing - Using the Web to Mine Money for Your Venture
November 19, 2009, 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Sun Microsystems, 18 Network Circle, Building 12, Menlo Park
A panel of financing experts will discuss a new and emerging way of raising funds. How can you turn your social networks into financing engines for your enterprise?

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

Co-Sponsored Events

SIPACON 2009: Silicon Valley 2010 And Beyond
November 7, 2009, 09:00 am - 04:30 pm
HP Palo Alto Campus, 3000 Hanover St., Palo Alto
The Silicon Valley Indian Professionals Association features a keynote by Tom Campbell, budget director for Schwarzenegger and governor candidate, and panels on "Enterprise Applications in the Web 2.0 world" and "Clean Energy - Trends and Prospects". Fee for the whole day conference: $89, GABA members receive a $20 discount using promotion code CORP when registering online at www.sipa.org.

Sustainable Energy Technology in Germany and the US
November 09, 2009, 08:00 am - 02:00 pm
Andaz West Hollywood, Panorama Room, 8401 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood
This symposium will provide a forum for U.S. and German companies, developers, architects, engineers and designers to share expertise and discuss experiences with their transatlantic counterparts.

La Soiree, 28th Beaujolais and Beyond Festival
November 21, 2009, 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Embarcadero Center, San Francisco
Celebrate the launch of the First French wine of the year at the annual fundraising event with gourmet food, silent auction and dance with DJ Melvin J., organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce. This is a time to celebrate the harvest in a grand atmosphere of Gourmet Food and French Wine tasting. Tickets before Nov. 7th: $60, after $70.

New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate:
Fish & Richardson P.C.
The Brenner Group (Financial and Management Services)
Gordon Biersch Brewing Company

Berlin Partner GmbH
German International School of Silicon Valley
Osborne Clarke
Paul Hobbs Wines
Smaato Inc.

Individual Members:
Monique Anderson
Dr. Barry Aaronson (new)
Dagmar A. Berendes (new)
Kathrin Berkner (new)
Judy Cobb (new)
Joerg Ferchau (new)
Claudia Girrbach (new)
Nicole Gruen (new)
David Hartford (new)
Eric Hickok (new)
Heike Hoendesberg (new)
Bernd Holzapfel (new)
Keith Juda (new)
Sam Madani (new)
Cecily O'Regan (new)
Robert Pfeil (new)
Jacqueline Scheurer (new)
Siegfried Schoen (new)
Karen Schroeder (new)
Bernd Schroettle-Henning (new)
Andrew Slutter (new)
Christian Stukenbrock (new)
John Swan (new)
Thomas Swidler
Peter Tong (new)
Terrence Tormey (new)
James Vandermaas (new)
Michael Wolff (new)
Monika Wolff (new)
Elisabeth Yvrot (new)

Student Members:
Thomas Frommel (new)
Joseph Gruber (new)
Quentin Parker (new)
Frank Wippich (new)
Eric Zellhart (new)

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

GABA Inside
GABA TV Oktoberfest Featured Traditional Bavarian Dances
Schuhplattler and Waltz were just two of the many dances performed by the Golden Gate Bavarian Club during our Oktoberfest at Gordon Biersch in Palo Alto on October 18th. The audience joined in the dancing, Bierstein Holding and Yodeling contests. The income from this fundraiser will help launch GABA TV, a weekly program to air on KMTP, Channel 32, starting November 14th. Click here for pictures from the party.
250 at German-Australian Oktoberfest in Hollywood / Steve Cooke HMMA Nominee
A happy crowd of over 250 people gathered on October 7th at the Standard Hotel on Sunset Blvd in Hollywood for an Oktoberfest celebration with an Australian twist. The guests enjoyed rocky songs by British/Australian artist Steve Cooke as well as German Bratwurst and Australian Pavalova desert.

Long time GABA supporter Steve Cooke has received a nomination for his song "Working for the USA" for the Hollywood Music in the Media Awards (HMMA). The Awards will be presented November 19th in the famous Kodak Theater in Hollywood. For tickets, please go to www.hmmawards.com. Steve is currently bringing down the house at legendary venues like the Viper Room, the House of Blues, Key Club and others. More info under www.reverbnation.com/stevecooke.

Industry Groups
Lots of Insights at Electric Cars Event - Visit the GABA Blog to Follow Up
Lohner-Porsche from the year 1900
The event on electric vehicles on October 12th at Cooley's in Palo Alto was sold-out. Moderator Thilo Koslowski presented up to date data from Gartner research, and the representatives from Better Place, Coulomb Technologies, General Motors, and AC Propulsion exchanged their views on changes in the automotive industry. To further discuss the topic, visit the GABA Blog at www.gaba-network.blogspot.com.
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

The Brenner Group Seminar: "Legal and Strategic Options for Distressed Companies"
The workshop on November 4th focuses on the challenges executives and investors of financially distressed technology companies are facing in a restricted funding environment. The Brenner Group is a leading provider of Interim Finance Management and Financial Advisory.

Volkswagen Group And Stanford University Drive Automotive Innovation Together
On October 23, Volkswagen Group of America Inc. (VWGoA) and Stanford University's School of Engineering unveiled the 
Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Laboratorz (VAIL). Volkswagen Group donated $5.75 million for building construction and to fund research and teaching.

German-American PR Agency Launches New Program

True Virtual Communications (TVC), a German-American PR and marketing agency specializing in strategic planning for companies wanting to enter the American market, announces its Assess and Launch program to help companies introduce new products into the U.S. Contact: Astrid Senior, 408-776-1279 or [email protected].

How to Own Commercial Investment Real Estate in the U.S.
Gateway Assets provides group sponsorship of Commercial Real Estate Investments. Through fractional ownership we offer the wealth building benefits to investors and help them successfully navigate the political, currency, and tax challenges associated with acquiring commercial real estate. For more information from Gateway Assets, please contact [email protected].

Governmental Relations Expert Advice
Johan Klehs & Company, Inc. is a government relations firm serving private sector, public, and organizational clients. As a former member of the California State Assembly and Board of Equalization, Johan Klehs is known an expert in budget, fiscal, taxation, and business issues in California. He can be reached at 916.551.1881.

Younossi Law With New Office in San Francisco
Younossi Law is pleased to announce our move to 601 Gateway Boulevard, Suite 210, South San Francisco, California 94080. We are a full-service law firm providing immigration services and strategies to businesses, families and individuals. We speak German and offer GABA members discounted rates. Please visit our website.

German International School of Silicon Valley Open House
November 10, 2009, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm - GISSV Berkeley Campus in Berkeley
November 14, 2009, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm - GISSV Mountain View Campus in Mountain View

The GISSV cordially invites you to visit its two campus sites and to learn about the dual immersion program (German and English).

Culture Selection

GISSV - St. Martin's Parade in Mountain View on Friday, November 6th at 6:00 pm
The German International School of Silicon Valley invites friends and family to join a wonderful evening with lanterns, candles, lights, a performance, great food, German Weckmann-bread, and a one of a kind community experience. Starting point for the parade: on the parking lot just south of the Clocktower Coffee on 425 N Whisman Road.

The Wall Project Event in Los Angeles on November 8th at 2:00 pm
The Wende Museum stops traffic on one of the most frequented thoroughfares with a stylized wall across Wilshire Boulevard starting at 2:00 pm to commemorate and reflect history. At 3:45 pm, dignitaries destroy a segment in an re-enactment of the fall of the Berlin Wall followed by life music.