April 2010
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Our special discount for the event Cloud Computing 2011 ends April 1. GABA members pay $26 instead of $52. So make your plans today. The event is co-organized with Churchill Club and part of the SAP Visualization week.

Happy Easter,
Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director

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GABA Events

Phone Wars II: The Software
April 7, 2010, 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP, 1530 Page Mill Rd., Suite 200, Palo Alto
Mobile phones are no longer just differentiated by their hardware features. Software is becoming increasingly important, especially for smart phones.

How to Succeed in the VUCA World
April 7, 2010, 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center, 10920 Lindbrook Drive, Room #202, Los Angeles
Bob Johansen and his colleagues at the Institute For The Future introduced the notion of the VUCA world in the groundbreaking books "Get There Early" and "Leaders Make the Future". We will talk about the dynamics, and lead a highly interactive session on succeeding in a world of increasing Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity.

Bay Area Stammtisch East Bay
April 7, 2010, 06:30 pm - 09:00 pm
Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Avenue, Alameda
Join us for GABA's monthly casual get-together in the East Bay. Please register, so we can reserve a table for the right number of people; free to attend. For directions, call (510) 522-1300.

Cloud Computing 2011
April 13, 2010, 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
SAP Labs, Building 1, 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto
During this panel discussion co-organized jointly by GABA and Churchill Club, major industry leaders SAP, Citrix, T-Systems and AT&T will discuss cloud computing and virtualization.

Bay Area Stammtisch San Jose
April 21, 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.

Social Media for Business
April 28, 2010, 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Pillsbury, Palo Alto, 2475 Hanover Street, Palo Alto
We all have a personal account on at least one of these: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter but these social networks as well as online communities and other online collaborative media are used more and more for marketing, sales, public relations and customer service.

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

Co-Sponsored Events

SVASE Event: Founders vs. Investors - Are we all on the same page?
April 8, 2010, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Cooley Godward Kronish LLP, 3175 Hanover Street, Palo Alto, CA 94304
This panel will provide a good humored and lively debate on the driving forces behind each side of the investor/founder marriage. Panelists include Steve Bennet of Sand Hill Angels, Savinay Berry, Granite Ventures.

Thin-Film Industry Forum 2010
April 22 and April 23, 2010
Adlershof, Berlin
The forum will look at all the current issues surrounding thin-film technology such as markets, technologies,potentials and costs, financing and bankability, quality assurance and life cycle management, efficiency measurement and production matters. German and international producing thin-film companies will present their current status. The date coincides with the 2nd Photovoltaics Thin-Film Week, the largest professional Thin-Film event.

Information Day at the American Consulate General in Munich
April 24, 2010, 12 pm - 3 pm
Königinstr. 5, Munich
The Consulate in Munich will host a Citizens Information Day on the lawn of the American Consulate General, for Americans living in Bavaria. US citizens can learn about the services available through the US and German government. GABA Munich participates in the event.

3rd Energy Efficiency Symposium
April 26, 2010, 9:00 am - 6:00pm
Covel Commons, UCLA Campus/ Sunset Village, Los Angeles
The Symposium held by the German American Chamber of Commerce Inc., California Branch focuses on energy efficiency in construction. The event includes a one-day symposium, giving U.S. and German experts the opportunity to present current trends and future perspectives.

Driving the Digital Future - Media Technology Innovations from Fraunhofer HHI
May 4, 2010, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Intercontinental Hotel, 888 Howard Street, San Francisco
An evening reception on occasion of the Web 2.0 Expo introducing media technology innovations from Germany, sponsored by the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute and Germany Trade and Invest, and organized by the German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc., California Branch.

TIEcon 2010 - Special Discount for GABA Members
May 14 and 15, 2010
Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara
TiE Silicon Valley presents the largest conference in the world for entrepreneurs. Join over 3,000 participants for two days of business idea sharing and power-connecting. GABA members get $125 off when registering with promo code TIEGABA.

New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate:
K&L Gates
rheingold LLC (new)
Volkswagen of America Electronic Research Lab

Buedding Law Firm
Carroll, Burdick & McDonough LLP
Next Step

Basic Corporate:
State of Bavaria, United States Office for Economic Development / West Coast

Individual Members:
Jan Belke (new)
Claudia Borsutzki
Anthony Bozanic
Jordan Broekelschen (new)
Charles Fagan (new)
Greg Farris (new)
Franz Feuerherdt
Mark Goscenski (new)
Ursula Joshua (new)
Susan Kostal (new)
Helmuth Kraemer
Marion Kregeloh (new)
Christopher Lauderdale (new)
Marietta Leiber (new)
Robert Lelkes (new)
John Mack
Amir Motamedi (new)
Philipp Reker (new)
Jeff Richards (new)
Jorge Romero-Lozano (new)
Gerhard Scherer (new)
Achim Schmalhorst (new)
Nicolai Schwarz-Gondek
Jaime Serra (new)
Suzanne Jaffe Stillman
Francesca Stobbe
Ed Summers (new)
Roland Trimmel (new)
Roland Vlaicu
Juan N. Walterspiel MD

Student Members:
Jan-Philipp Kramer (new)
Donata Makuta

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

Inside GABA
New GABA TV Episodes to Watch Online
Visit www.gabatv.com and find new episodes online such as an interview with Ingrid Eggers, director of the German Gems Film Festival in San Francisco. Watch Erica Von Moeller speaking about her movie Miss Stinnes Motors Round the World, and Norbert Baumgarten introducing Being Mr. Kotschie. GABA TV airs Saturdays at 8:30 pm at KMTP TV channel 32.

Industry Groups
Green Building Solutions
Green buildings use up to 50% less energy, 40% less water and emit 33% to 39% less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. These and more facts can be found in the presentation, Louise C. Adamson LEED®-AP ID&C, Partner at K&L Gates, gave at the event "Green Building Solutions: Integrating Sustainability Strategies" on March 10, 2010 in San Francisco.
Southern California Event Pictures and Presentations Online
Pictures and Presentations from the "Business and Financial Outlook 2010" on March 16, 2010 can be found on the GABA website.
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

Discuss Projects at the Web 2.0 Expo
GABA members Ralf Otto and Scott Wentz, US-German Tax Consultant will be at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco on May 3rd to 6th, 2010 at the booth of www.berlin-partner.de. They would very much appreciate to meet other GABA members to discuss possible US/German projects and related questions. To arrange a prior appointment, please get in contact with [email protected] or [email protected].

Spring Flights On the World's Largest Zeppelin
Airship Ventures' "Eureka" has completed its annual maintenance and resumes Spring passenger flightseeing including charters over the Bay of San Francisco from Oakland airport and Moffett Field. Our guest services staff (650) 969-8100 ext. 111 accepts reservations for a 30 min, 1- or 2-hour scenic flight at an altitude of 1000 feet at 35 mph for an unforgettable experience.

Information about the HIRE Act of 2010
The recently enacted HIRE Act of 2010 provides $13 billion in tax incentives to businesses, mainly benefitting those businesses that hire and retain new employees. HIRE also updates foreign bank account compliance rules; which now penalize foreign banks that do not share U.S. taxpayer information with the IRS. To learn more, contact Royse Law Firm.

Software Company Saved $750,000 Thanks to Translation Software
Nero, creator of liquid media technology, reduced translation costs by 55 percent in one year through using Across language technology. When its translation needs skyrocketed to three million words in one year, Nero chose Across software, which manages software strings, manuals, web content, and collateral within a single system. Read more.

Small Business Marketing Resource Directory
Are you spending a significant amount of time searching for the best marketing resources? NUVOTA developed a marketing directory with the needs of small businesses in mind - 300+ links for all your marketing resource needs at your fingertips. 20% off (Code: GABA), go to www.smallbizresourcedirectory.com.

Tax-Favored Investments
As the income tax filing deadline approaches, Bernd Steinebrunner, Financial Representative with MetLife, wants to inform you of tax-favored investments. There are two main types and Bernd is available to help you determine if these investments are right for you. To read more financial articles and reports, please visit Bernd's website.

Job Board
Visual Data Specialist in Mountain View
Specialist will visually review images and complete specific feature tasks using internally developed computer applications. Pay $25 per hour. Please send resume to: Danielle LoBue, [email protected], 650-253-7945.

LehrerInnen für Samstagsschule in Palo Alto
Die German American School of Palo Alto (GASPA) sucht für das Schuljahr 2010/2011 LehrerInnen für alle Altersgruppen ab 3 Jahre, Grundschul- bis Highschool-Alter und Erwachsene. Nähere Informationen gibt es unter www.gaspa-ca.org und [email protected].

Set design and Construction Company for GABA TV in Palo Alto
GABA TV is looking for a person/company specializing in TV set design and construction to build a new set for KMTP TV. Since KMTP TV is a non profit association, we are looking for a cost-effective package. Please contact: [email protected] for more information.

Culture Selection
The Goldberg Variations: An Evening Concert
April 3, 2010, 7:00 pm
Stanford Campus
Ben Simon, violinist Kay Stern, and cellist Michelle Djokic perform a brilliant string trio version of one of Bach's greatest masterpieces, The Goldberg Variations. The program includes a presentation on Bach's life and music.

Ring Festival Los Angeles
April 15 -­ June 30, 2010
Los Angeles - Various Venues
LA Opera has joined forces with more than 100 Los Angeles cultural institutions to stage the first significant citywide cultural festival since the 1984 Olympic Arts Festival. All events will be related to Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen.