January 2010
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On behalf of GABA, I wish you a Happy New Year. I would like to thank the GABA board, our co-chairs and volunteers, and all our members for their support. The past year was very successful and our plans for the new year include a lot of exciting topics, I look forward to (net)working with you in 2010.

Caroline Raynaud,
Executive Director

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GABA Events

Leading When the Stakes Are High
January 19, 2010, 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Baker & McKenzie LLP, 660 Hansen Way, Palo Alto
An evening with Patrick Reilly and Steve Krieger about successful leadership and leadership teams in a time of increased economic stress. Learn how to establish a climate of success in your organization.

Bay Area Stammtisch Palo Alto
January 20, 2010, 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.

The Smart Green Dividend - Leveraging IT in the Energy Revolution
January 27, 2010, 06:00 pm - 08:30 pm
Cooley Godward Kronish LLP, 3175 Hanover Street, Palo Alto
Come for a special presentation from Peter Tertzakian co-organized by SVASE and GABA, followed by a panel discussion exploring the role of information technology in the clean tech revolution.

GABA Munich Stammtisch
January 27, 2010, 06:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Augustiner am Dom, Frauenplatz 8, München
Monthly meeting with special guests. This time: Reinhard Häckl, Häckl and Partners, and Max Maier, Technical Solution Manager, Synopsys.

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

Co-Sponsored Events

New Venture Funds in Europe
January 4, 2010, 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Skilling Auditorium, Engineering campus at Stanford
Stanford Mechanical Engineering is pleased to announce our first event for Winter 2010 under the European Entrepreneurship & Innovation Thought Leaders program. Open to the Public at no charge.

SVASE Main Event: Angel Investors to the rescue
January 7, 2010, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Cooley Godward Kronish LLP, 3175 Hanover Street, Palo Alto, CA 94304
With public markets in the midst of recalibrating, are Angel investors down for the count, or will they ride the wave back to economic recovery? Come meet with and hear leading angel investors. Reduced price for GABA members: $29.

Angel Capital EXPO - Silicon Valley
January 22, 2010, 7:30 am - 1:30 pm
Microsoft Auditorium, 1065 La Avenida St., Mountain View
The Expo is a recurring event across the United States; bringing together investors and entrepreneurs looking for funding. The Expo will feature ten high-quality, diverse investment opportunities in technology, healthcare/life sciences, consumer products, real estate, and funds.

New and Renewing Members

Corporate Members:
New York Life Insurance Company
Orchard Hotels

Basic Corporate Members:
Coldwell Banker Northern California
Cathy Lara, German-English Translator (new)
Intellitics, Inc.
Nuvota LLC (new)

Individual Members:
ArLyne Diamond
Martin Doettling (new)
Charles Dubec (new)
Dieter Gruenert (new)
Edda Mihaescu
Keith Rayner (new)
Steve Spronz (new)

Student Members:
Imola Esche (new)
Christoph Frehsee (new)
Sandra Schefter (new)
Tom Simpkins (new)

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

GABA Inside
Cultural Diversity Business Tips on GABA TV
Watch GABA TV airing Saturdays at 8:30pm right after Deutsche Welle. Features include updates on business in the San Francisco Bay Area, interviews with company leaders, and highlights on industry exchange between Germany and America. Melissa Lamson, an expert in German-American communication, will give brief insights on friendship, dating, decision-making, sales, and the cultural meaning behind words.
Zita T. Udrys New Executive Director of GABA's Southern California Chapter
As first Executive Director of GABA's Southern California Chapter, Zita T. Udrys brings in a wealth of experience in facilitating intercultural communications. Born in Poland, she has lived, worked and studied in Germany, and in the Czech Republic before moving to the US. Her experience includes design and implementation of cultural and language immersion training for clients as REEP, Inc., SDI Media, Technicolor, and Fox Television. Zita studied applied linguistics at the University of Mainz. Since 1998, she has been active in local nonprofit organizations, including St. Casimir's School, the Los Angeles-Kaunas Sister Cities Program, and the Jewish Geneological Society of Los Angeles.

Industry Groups
Pictures From the Annual Event at the German Consulate
On December 8th, GABA and the German Consulate presented an opportunity to meet leading international venture capital and private equity fund managers who shared their views of next year's overall financial climate and funding for international technology companies. The panel announced an improving environment for entrepreneurs in the Silicon Valley with a less optimistic outlook on Europe. Click here for pictures.
Interactive Media Innovations Made in Germany
During two events in December, GABA members and the Silicon Valley tech community received a rare look inside one of Germany's R&D powerhouses ­ the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute. To learn more about their 3-D and gesture control technology visit our Blog. Slides and pictures from the events can be found under Latest News on the GABA homepage.
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

Complimentary Financial Consultation
GABA member Bernd Steinebrunner, Financial Services Representative of MetLife offers other GABA members a free one hour consultation to get ready for the future financially. To learn more, visit our members discount page and www.berndsteinebrunner.metlife.com.

Information Evening at GAIS
On January 13, 2010, we will hold an information evening for interested and new parents. The German-American International School, offers a world-class bilingual education following the International Baccalaureate Program. Do not miss this opportunity to find out how your child can grow up with a truly global perspective.

Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn - Oh My!
Learn all about social media and how you can use it to attract more customers and increase sales at little or no cost. Let this 3 hour workshop empower you. Register here and get 20% off (Code: GABA).

Culture Selection

Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig in San Francisco
February 21, 2010, 7:00 pm
Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
The Gewandhaus Orchestra is Leipzig's most important musical ambassador, touring the world on a regular basis. On the progam is Chopin's First Piano Concerto, a masterpiece that paired his genius for piano with sensitive orchestral writing.