July/August 2010
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Happy Independence Day 2010
I hope you enjoy the summer edition of our eNews. We wish you a great vacation. There are despite the holidays a few GABA events coming up during the next months. Make sure you save the date for our Summer Party on August 28th! Have a wonderful Independence Day.

Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director

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GABA Events

GABA Munich - Mobile Phone War
July 1, 2010, 07:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Weinhaus Knott, Ismaninger Strasse 5, 81675 Munich
Steffen Bartschat will talk about how the new mobile phone landscape is evolving and how it may shape our lifes.

Soccer World Cup 2010: Germany vs. Argentina
July 3, 2010, 07:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Firehouse Grill, 111 South Murphy Avenue Sunnyvale, CA 94086
Please join us at the Firehouse Grill & Brewery in Sunnyvale for the game Germany vs Argentina. Kick-off is 07:00 AM.

GABA Munich - 4th July Party at the Waldwirtschaft
July 4, 2010, 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Waldwirtschaft Grosshesselohe, Georg-Kalb-Str. 3, 82049 Grosshesselohe bei Muenchen
The California Association of Germany, the Columbus Kommunikationskreis and the German American Business Association are jointly organizing a big Independence Day celebration.

GABA Stammtisch East Bay
July 7, 2010, 06:30 am - 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.

GABA Stammtisch San Francisco
July 14, 2010, 07:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Triptych bar/restaurant/art gallery, 1155 Folsom Street (between 7th and 8th), San Francisco
Please join us on every second Wednesday of the month for our new San Francisco GABA Stammtisch. It should be easy to spot us in the main room when you enter. No RSVP needed.

GABA Stammtisch Socal
July 20, 2010, 07:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Red Lion Tavern, 2366 Glendale Boulevard, Los Angeles
Come join us for a "Geselliges Beisammensein" and of course all of our international friends are invited as well! Meet new friends and relax.

GABA Stammtisch Palo Alto
July 21, 2010, 07:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Gordon Biersch, 640 Emerson St, Palo Alto
Join us for GABA's monthly casual get-together. Look in the Bar Area for the small German flag. No RSVP needed; free to attend.

Rheingold USA: How Marketing Can Speak to the Consumer Psyche.
Mixer, Presentation & Discussion (Members only)

July 22, 2010, 06:00 pm - 09:30 pm
City Club San Francisco, 155 Sansome St, 10th floor, San Francisco
To celebrate the recent launch of their US office in San Francisco, rheingold invites you to this mixer and presentation of their most successful in-depth psychological marketing approaches. Meet the rheingold founders, managing partners and US Research Director.

European Mixer
July 29, 2010, 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Newport Beach Country Club, 1600 E Coast Hwy, Newport Beach
Join GABA, as you are cordially invited to join us and our fellow European organizations for a Summer Business Mixer & Business Showcase at the Newport Beach Country Club.

Sommer Mela
August 3, 2010, 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
SAP Labs, Building 1, 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto
Join German, Indian and other international professionals for this casual summer mixer.

GABA Stammtisch East Bay
August 4, 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.

Strengthening Operational Excellence in Life Science Companies
August 11, 2010, 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
SAP Labs, Palo Alto, 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto
GABA Life Science Industry Group hosts this event with experts for integrated software solutions for the life science industry and life science companies to present their case studies and discuss how the right business management software can help reaching strategic goals.

GABA Stammtisch San Francisco
August 11, 2010, 07:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Triptych bar/restaurant/art gallery, 1155 Folsom Street (between 7th and 8th), San Francisco
Please join us on every second Wednesday of the month for our new San Francisco GABA Stammtisch. It should be easy to spot us in the main room when you enter. No RSVP needed.

GABA Stammtisch San Jose
August 18, 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.

European Networking - MEMBERS ONLY!
August 26, 2010, 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
San Francisco - tba
Join us for this popular European Networking event! Our last sessions attracted more than 150 international business professionals. Don't miss this exciting event!

GABA Summer Party 2010
August 28, 2010, 03:00 pm - 06:00 pm
Mitchell Park, 3800 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
Please bring your partner/family to this fun event! We provide all food and drinks against a contribution of 20 Dollars per person (children under the age of 15 are free).

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

Co-Sponsored Events

SVASE Event: Marketing in the Digital Media Age
July 8, 2010, 06:00 pm - 08:30 pm
Cooley LLP, 3175 Hanover Street, Palo Alto
Having a great idea and a great business model is only the beginning. One needs a successful marketing plan not only to attract the first group of customers, but also to maintain momentum.

Founder Conference
August 17, 2010, 01:00 pm - 07:00 pm
Microsoft Campus, Mountain View
Join a crowd of 250+ founders for a half-day program packed with 7 hours covering how to find a co-founder, improve your pitch, how to launch and get traction. We have great speakers: Aaron Patzer (Mint.com), Guy Kawasaki ("The Art of the Start"), Adeo Ressi (TheFunded.com) and more. Register here for a discount for GABA members.

6th Germany California Solar Day
September 14, 2010, 09:00 am - 08:00 pm
PG&E headquarters, San Francisco
Eight German solar companies will visit San Francisco, attend the conference and participate in business matchmaking meetings from September 13th-17th. Further details including the participating companies as well as the speaker line-up will be announced soon.

New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate:
Montage Services, Inc.

Business Consulting Network International (new)

Basic Corporate:
Greenfire Strategies (new)
Open Domain, Inc. (new)
Ecce Terram Inc.
Webber Energy Group

Individual Members:
Thomas Buttgenbach
Hana Eftekhari (new)
Fiona Fincannon (new)
Etienne Finet
Axel Fuchs
Sascha Geissendoerfer
David Hirson
Jessica Holcombe
Benjamin Kimes (new)
Christoph Kirchner
Eugene Mirabella
Niels Nielsen
Marion Wild (new)
Alexandra Winterstein (new)
Robert Wittenburg

Student Members:
Alen Malaki (new)
James Robinson (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 Regine Staufenberg, GABA Business Development Manager
We are pleased to announce that Regine Staufenberg just joined GABA as Business Development Manager. Regine's professional background centers around sales, marketing and account management in the high tech industry. Regine, a native German, has lived in various Western states and Canada over the years but has made the SF Bay area her permanent home. In her spare time she enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her family. In her new position at GABA Regine will focus on expanding sponsorship opportunities for companies and organizations that seek visibility in the German-American business community of the Bay area.
Celebrating the FIFA World Cup in the SF Bay Area
32 teams from 32 countries started on June 11th to aim for the 2010 Soccer World Cup. Many GABA members enjoyed the games together at the Firehouse in Sunnyvale. It was great to see that so many people from all over the Bay Area made it there to celebrate together. Click here for some pictures.

Industry Groups
Negotiating as Women: Nontraditional Settings and Successes
Women in Business celebrated its largest event to-date with over 80 attendees on June 9th, 2010 at Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley LLP in Redwood City. Click here to follow-up on the GABA Blog and to see pictures from the event here.
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

Smaato Mobile Advertising Award 2010: Now open for Global Entries
Smaato, a leading mobile advertising company, is again searching for the coolest mobile apps, websites, games and campaigns. Win fabulous prizes: booth at Mobile World Congress 2011, introductions to VC partners, booths at other events, handsets, etc. Please visit: www.smaato.com/award.

Carroll, Burdick & McDonough Expands Internationally
Carroll, Burdick & McDonough LLP, a preeminent law firm representing local, national and international clients in a diverse litigation and business practice, has expanded internationally. The firm now has offices in Munich and Stuttgart as well as Hong Kong, in addition to its California based offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sacramento and Walnut Creek.

German Law Firm in South San Francisco With New Website
SIEGWART GERMAN AMERICAN LAW just launched its new website www.siegwart-law.com. Holger Siegwart is licensed in Germany and California. He has practiced law in Germany for nearly a decade. We provide high-quality, cost-effective legal services for the German American business community.

Book your private Charter and "Soar the Skies with Airship Ventures"
Zeppelin "Eureka" will pamper you with champagne and nibbles while cruising the clouds at 35 miles an hour providing the perfect venue to experience San Francisco and the Silicon Valley. For more information and to book your personal getaway, please call Pamela Wright at (650) 969-8100 ext. 110 or email at [email protected].

July 22nd and Aug. 17th: 6 Steps to Financial Success Seminar
Bernd Steinebrunner from MetLife is holding 2 complimentary 6 Steps to Financial Success Seminars from 6:30-8PM on July 22nd at Round Table Pizza, 22722 Lambert St., Lake Forest, CA and on August 17th at Argosy University in Orange, CA. To receive more information or to make reservations please call Bernd at (949)471-5827.

Job Board
LehrerInnen fuer Schulen in Claremont, Pasadena und Brea gesucht
Die German American School Association, GASA, sucht LehrerInnen fuer das Schuljahr 2010/2011, die den Unterricht kreativ und selbstverantwortlich gestalten und bieten Positionen in der Brea Samstagsschule und Kinderland Claremont und Pasadena (zweimal woechentlich) an. Informationen unter 909-595-1315 oder www.Germanschool4kids.org.

Culture Selection
Opening Film "Saviors in the Night" at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
July 24, 2010, 07:00 pm
Castro Theater, 429 Castro Street (at Market Street), San Francisco
Join us for the Opening Night in San Francisco with special guests Marga Spiegel (on whose real life experiences the film is based), director Ludi Boeken and actor Lia Hoensbroech. Celebrate the opening of the 30th Anniversary SFJFF with fabulous food, drinks and live music at the Swedish American Hall, just two blocks down Market Street from the theatre.