February 2010
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As you know, GABA is mainly run by volunteers. Apart from our board members and Industry Groups Co-Chairs, there are currently 20 young professionals offering their time and skills for the benefit of the association. Many of them help at our events. And some do "back stage" work like editing mailings, designing flyers, organizing the Stammtisch, and more. Many thanks to all of you!

Caroline Raynaud,
Executive Director Join GABA today!

GABA Events

1st East Bay Stammtisch
February 3, 2010, 6:30 pm
Speisekammer Restaurant, 2424 Lincoln Ave., Alameda
GABA is proud to announce the 1st East Bay Stammtisch. Please RSVP so we can assure to have an appropriate table. We plan to meet at Speisekammer every first Wednesday of the month.

Ready to make your move? By Konstantin Guericke, Co-Founder Linkedin
February 09, 2010, 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP, 1530 Page Mill Rd., Suite 200, Palo Alto
This GABA Job Hunting Series' event will cover how to use LinkedIn in various industries and functions to be more successful in your existing job and how to identify interesting career paths and employers.

Impact on Immigration into the U.S. and other Countries
February 17, 2010, 06:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Whittier Law School, 3333 Harbor Blvd., Room 14, Costa Mesa
The program will cover current U.S., German, and other countries' immigration laws and practices as they impact companies, employees, and families. It also discusses the future direction, including the proposed Comprehensive Immigration Reform Laws (CIR).

Bay Area Stammtisch San Jose
February 17, 2010, 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.

GABA Job Hunting Series: Interviewing for Success
February 23, 2010, 09:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP, 1530 Page Mill Rd., Suite 200, Palo Alto
Many professionals who did not grow up in the US face challenges when interviewing for positions because the format as well as the expectations are unfamiliar. In this interactive session, we will practice sample questions and look at the pitfalls to avoid.

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

Co-Sponsored Events

Venture Capital Outlook 2010
February 2, 2010, 6:30 pm - 8:45 pm
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, 2475 Hanover St, Palo Alto
In this first event of 2010, CSPA is proud to bring together a distinguished panel of VCs, and ask them to examine their crystal balls. Where will VCs put their money in 2010? What sectors are hot? What will valuations look like?

SVASE Event: Getting Your Startup Up & Running
February 4, 2010, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Cooley Godward Kronish LLP, 3175 Hanover Street, Palo Alto
This event will bring together an experienced group of entrepreneurs and investors to ask them to share their knowledge on what it takes to build a viable company in the current climate, and what advice can be gleaned from past experience?

GTaI Conference: Investing in the Nanotech-Regions of Eastern Germany
February 25, 2010, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Fairmont Hotel, 170 South Market Street, San Jose
Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Eastern German regions have successfully established themselves in fields in which nanotechnology is the innovation driver. The roadshow addresses those who want to know more about the successful commercialization of future technologies.

New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate:
Heidelberg Economic Development Agency (HEDA)
Peritus Language Services

Adecco (new)
Associated Foreign Exchange (AFEX)
Robert Bosch Llc, the research division of Bosch

Individual Members:
Kimo Bailey (new)
Craig Bain (new)
Thomas Becker (new)
Adi Berglez
ArLyne Diamond
Barry Fitzgerald (new)
Denis Giba (new)
Rachel Goldstein (new)
Dietmar Grauf (new)
Martin Herzfeld
Clemens Kownatzki (new)
Irmgard Lafrentz
Melissa Lamson (new)
Thorsten Last
Roslyn Layton (new)
Siegmar Pohl
Anna Ralston
Robert Revet
Thorsten Ruehl
Arndt Schrader (new)
Susanne Sonderhoff (new)
Tony Stieber (new)

Student Members:
Oliver Gutesha (new)
Michael Herrler
Thomas Simpkins (new)

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

Inside GABA
Introducing Two New GABA Volunteers
Mandy Herrmann joined GABA in fall 2009 after moving to the Bay Area from Chicago. She previously worked in the PR and Communication department at the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest. She holds a degree in German Literature, Communication and History from the Technical University of Dresden. She is currently looking for employment, and as a GABA volunteer she enjoys connecting with the German American business community.

Shortly after moving from London to the San Francisco Bay Area in August 2009, Cotta Nestler-Ginader joined GABA. Cotta graduated in law at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, and specialized in German Labor Law after her bar examination. She worked with the Legal department of the German Federal Employment Office and is currently looking for new challenges.
Special Offer for GABA Startups
The Sun Startup Essentials team offers startups less than 6 years old, with fewer than 150 employees servers from Sun Microsystems starting at $350. Go to our member discount section on the GABA website for details.

Industry Groups
View Pictures From Past Events On Flickr
Leading When the Stakes are High
We have uploaded pictures from our last two events in Palo Alto, The Smart Green Dividend - Leveraging IT in the Energy Revolution on January 27th, and from Leading When the Stakes are High on January 19th to the GABA Flickr photostream.
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

ECCE TERRAM will present their Photo2Lab solution at PMA 2010 in Anaheim
ECCE TERRAM will show there soluton for Digital Photo Labs, Online Retailer and Commercial Printers on the PMA 2010 Show in Anaheim from 2/21-2/23 at booth C1903-3. Visit us and learn more about order and workflow solutions for Image Prints, Photo Gifts and Photobooks as service for your customers.

Smaato published the Smaato Mobile Advertising Metrics
The Metrics reveal for the first time a Click Through Rate (CTR) Index by handset operating system and a comparison of mobile ad network fill rates worldwide and for the USA. They are based upon 3 Billion ad requests served in the Smaato Network in December.

Peritus Language Services - the New Peritus!
Peritus Precision Translations has instituted lots of changes for the new year. We have streamlined not only our operations, but have also changed our address and contact information. Check out our new website. Peritus' founder, Dagmar Dolatschko, is also a co-founding board member of GABA. She can be contacted at [email protected].

GAIS Starts Enrollment for School Year 2010/2011
Enrollment for new families for the school year 2010/2011 is starting February 9th. The German-American International School offers a world-class German/English bilingual education following the International Baccalaureate Program (Preschool - Grade 8). Please see our website and call us for a school tour.

German Classes For All Age Levels
The German International School of Silicon Valley invites all age levels to a trial session. The new semester at GISSV Saturday School begins February 6 with classes starting at age 3. Hours are from 9am to 11:30am. For adults there are weekday classes - Tuesdays at 7:00 pm, Mondays at 12:00 noon, new classes will start if there is enough interest. For further information please visit our webpage, contact us at [email protected], or call (650) 254 0748.

Airship Ventures' Corporate Partnership Program Offers Discounts on Zeppelin Flights
Airship Ventures operates the only Zeppelin in the US for "flightseeing" over S.F. Bay, Silicon Valley, and Long Beach in Southern California. Its airship Eureka lends itself for attention-getting advertising and for scientific projects. Airship Ventures' Corporate Partnership Program (500 employees min., 15% participation) offers 25% discount to individuals, and 15% for corporate charters. Call 650 969-8100 x111 for more information.

Winheller Attorneys at Law Launched Visa Information Website
We are pleased to draw your attention to our new website. It contains comprehensive information as to the different visa categories for German entrepreneurs intending to do business in the U.S.A. by opening a new office, investing funds in an existing company or a company first to be incorporated.

Additional Contact at Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP
Martin Lembke, associated partner of leading German law firm Gleiss Lutz, is currently on secondment to Sonnenschein's Silicon Valley office until June 2010. Martin specializes in cross-border M&A transactions in Europe and German corporate law and has deep experience in working with US-based clients. He works with Sonnenschein partner Daniel Zimmermann.

Study on Technical Documentation Reveals Translation Management Best Practices
Aberdeen Group's recently released "Translating Product Documentation" study identifies how top companies effectively manage translation and localization efforts while reducing costs and increasing efficiency. A free copy of the full report is available here.

Weber Energy Group Launched
Steffen Weber is proud to announce the launch of Weber Energy Group. The new company provides market entry and business development services for companies looking to enter the solar markets in North America, Europe, and Asia. You can contact Steffen directly at +1 415 756 2223.

First Look at New Audi MMI With Google Earth Integration
ERL, together with Audi and its Partners NVIDIA and Qualcomm, presented the first automotive implementation of Google Earth and wireless charging in the car at the CES in Las Vegas . To watch the video, go to youtube or www.autoblog.com.

Job Board
Visual Data Evaluators, Mountain View
Adecco Staffing is looking for internet savvy individuals. Applicants must be detail oriented with excellent verbal research skills and have in-depth knowledge of language and culture. This is an opportunity to evaluate and improve quality for one of the world's largest internet search engine companies. For further information click here.
Dir/VP of Engineering - Medical Imaging (Silicon Valley)
The Director of Engineering is responsible for all phases of product development, product design and engineering support for existing products. This position oversees chip design, electrical engineering, software development, mechanical engineering, product design, and product line maintenance engineering. For further information click here.

Culture Selection
German Gems Film Festival
February 28, 2010 at the Castro Theatre, San Francisco
March 6, 2010 in Point Arena, Mendocino County
The inaugural GERMAN GEMS film event presents a full day of German cinema at the Castro Theatre, San Francisco, Sunday, February 28. A subset of the program will be shown Saturday, March 6 in Point Arena, Mendocino County. Ingrid Eggers, the founder of the Berlin & Beyond film festival, returns with a program of five new German-language discoveries.