September 2010
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We want to thank everyone for making this year's GABA Sommerfest such a big success. The GABA community got together and enjoyed delicious BBQ, beer, wine and Bionade. It was a perfect opportunity for GABA members to meet GABA staff, chairs, board members and our wonderful volunteer staff. Thank you all for your continuous support of GABA. To see more pictures please click here.

Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director

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GABA Events

GABA Stammtisch San Francisco
September 8, 2010, 07:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Triptych bar/restaurant/art gallery, 1155 Folsom Street (between 7th and 8th), San Francisco
The evening will also feature German music. Cathy Lara will reach into her collection of German pop and electronic music (1960 to present) and play a variety of songs ranging from German oldies and Schlager music to Neue Deutsche Welle and music from Germany today. It should be easy to spot us in the main room when you enter. No RSVP needed.

GABA Stammtisch Palo Alto
September 15, 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.

Outsourcing 3.0
September 16, 2010, 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, 2475 Hanover Street, Palo Alto
CSPA, GABA, BayBrazil, and Silicon French are proud to present an interactive panel of experts and protagonists, who have successfully integrated outsourcing into their business. Come hear what they have learned, and learn for yourself how to deal with this new shift in the competitive landscape.

Mini-grids in Germany and Worldwide: A Global Trend Towards Off-Grid Energy Supply?
September 30, 2010, 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
K&L Gates, 4 Embarcadero Center, 12th Floor, San Fransisco
This GABA panel will explore a pilot project in Berlin in the context of mini-grids worldwide, specifically experiences in the San Francisco Bay Area where planning for a mini-grid in Marin County is under way, but also experiments in other parts of the world.

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

Co-Sponsored Events

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 as we get closer to the event. This event is supported by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology based on a decision by the German Parliament.

SVASE Event: Shaking the MoneyTree
September 16, 2010, 06:00 pm - 08:30 pm
Cooley LLP, 3175 Hanover Street, Palo Alto
PricewaterhouseCoopers will unveil the MoneyTree-report followed by a lively discussion from top venture capitalists who will explore what they perceive as the key current and future trends in venture financing, for Silicon Valley and globally.

Green Tech in Emerging Markets
September 22, 2010, 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Pillsbury Silicon Valley office, 2475 Hanover St., Palo Alto
A panel discussion on the development of green technologies, the implementation of environmentally friendly policies in Brazil, China and India and the global trends that are impacting the U.S. market. Cost $20 with $5 discount for GABA members (use discount code "baybrazilgreen"). Register here.

New and Renewing Members

Basic Corporate:
Blue Tree Productions (new)
Esther's Bakery (new)
Laurrey Wellness (new)
Rowbotham & Company LLP (new)
Shaub & Williams LLP
Weber Energy Group

Individual Members:
Ase Bailey (new)
Ingo Bork (new)
Monique Bryher (new)
Mark Cavender (new)
Dale Coder (new)
David de Ruig
Britta Fischlin
Juergen Friedrichs (new)
Bertita Graebner (new)
Elise Greenwood (new)
Olof Hansen
Simone Harms
Tobias Hartmann (new)
Katrin Jakob (new)
Beate Janke
Maia Kayser (new)
Lenka Kucerova (new)
Wolf Liebchen
Johannes Lintzen (new)
Jurgen Menge
Golbon Moridi
Angela Schlafke
Simone Schubert
Heike Seefeldt (new)
Dora Szalontai
Philipp Weitz
Roland Wieshofer (new)
Wibke Wittmann
Karl Yost

Student Members:
Golbon Moridi (new)

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

Inside GABA
Appreciation and Farewell Letter to Our GABA Colleague Cornelia Weiss
We want to take the opportunity to thank our valued colleague Cornelia for the effort she has put in, these past two years. Her dedication and diligent work helped GABA increase its public visibility and maintain personal relationships to our members. We wish you all the best for your future in Germany.
Introducing Yiman Liu, Our New GABA Project Manager
We want to welcome Yiman to our GABA team. Being perfectly fluent in German, English and Chinese, she is able to interact with clients and partners with different backgrounds. Yiman holds master degrees in Economics and Sociology as well as a bachelor in Chinese Studies. Yiman has volunteered for GABA in the past before putting her project and account management skills to work in the translation industry. She will be the new GABA Membership contact, stepping in for Cornelia. Welcome back.
German-American Chamber's Directory Lists 2,500 Companies in the U.S.
The 2010/2011 annual German-American Chambers (GACC) Directory will be printed soon. The directory lists GABA and GACC members throughout the U.S. with their contact details. It is based on industry category closely resembling the Yellow Pages. Click here to order your copy. GABA members pay $60 instead of $80. Enter "GABA" to receive the discount. For more information, please contact
Article on GABA Conference "Building Innovation Bridges" by the European Commission
The European Commission published an article about the GABA conference "Building Innovation Bridges" that took place in May. Please read on here.
GABA is Supporting Partner of Founder Institute Berlin
The Founder Institute, a four month program to help founders build the next generation of world-class technology companies, is launching a new semester in Berlin from September until December 2010. The program is run by founders for founders. Apply here.

Industry Groups
The first German-Indian Summer Mixer
GABA and TiE organized the first German-Indian Summer mixer. Over 200 German, Indian and other international professionals mingled at this casual event and enjoyed the beautiful view over Silicon Valley from the patio of SAP. To see more pictures, please click 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

Business Consulting Network International LLC offers new One Stop Shop for U.S. Companies to enter European Markets
Business Consulting Network International LLC (BCNI) offers U.S. companies the possibility for a smart entry into European markets. The BCNI team consists of exclusively experienced experts in European markets, industries, administration, BPO, legal, tax, human resources, and culture coaching.

Bernd Steinebrunner attains CFP® Designation
Bernd Steinebrunner of MetLife of Southern California, an office of MetLife, has been authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. (CFP Board) to use the certification marks CFP® and Certified Financial Planner practitioner in accordance with the CFP Board certification and renewal requirements. Please find details here.

Blue Tree Productions offers 10-20% Member Discounts
As a new corporate member of GABA Blue Tree Productions is happy to announce that members will receive a 10-20% discount on video production services. The company specializes in TV commercials and corporate video and is able to work with a wide range of budgets.

GISSV Saturday School - New Semester starts
You always wanted to learn German? The new semester at GISSV Saturday School starts on Saturday, September 11 with classes for all age levels starting at age 3, hours are from 9am to 11:30am. For adults we also offer weekday classes. New classes will start if there is enough interest. For further information please visit our webpage, contact us at, or call (650) 254 0748.

German Book Fair at GISSV in Mountain View - Open to the Public
Just in time for the world's largest book fair in Frankfurt a.M. the German International School of Silicon Valley will host its own German Book Fair from September 23 to 25. Over 200 German children's and youth books will be on display and available for orders. The Book Fair will take place at the GISSV Auditorium on 310 Easy Street in Mountain View. Opening hours are: Sep 23 - 8am to 5pm; Sep 24 - 8am to 5pm; Sep 25 - 8:30am to 12:30pm.

Job Board
Saturday School Teacher (German)
The German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV) is an accredited private school with a bilingual (German-English) educational program serving children of all nationalities. For its Saturday School program the German International School of Silicon Valley is looking for applicants with language proficiency at native speaker level who have training and experience teaching the German language to children/youth in the age range from 6 to 8 years (all teaching levels refer to the standards given by the European Framework of Languages (A1.1. - C1). These are paid part-time positions that require 2.5 hours of classroom instruction on 30 Saturdays per year as well as participation in teachers meetings and continuing education workshops. If you are interested, please e-mail your resume to

Culture Selection
German Opening Movie at the new Children's Film Festival
September 25, 2010, 4:30 pm
Landmark's Embarcadero Center Cinema, San Francisco
The San Francisco Film Society kicks off its Fall Season for 2010 with the NY/SF International Children's Film Festival, a three-day celebration of diverse, enlightening, inspiring and entertaining films for kids and teens ages 3-18 and their families. Programs include short, feature, animated and documentary films from around the world with filmmaker guests in attendance. The opening movie will be Little White Lies (Perlmutterfarbe) by Marcus H. Rosenmüller (Germany 2009).
15th Berlin & Beyond Film Festival - save the date
October 22 to 28, 2010
Castro Theatre, San Francisco
October 30th
Camera Cinema 12, San Jose
Berlin & Beyond Film Festival, a presentation of the Goethe-Institut San Francisco, has been America's premier festival of new cinema from Germany, Austria and Switzerland since 1995. For its 15th Anniversary, Berlin & Beyond is adding a new encore day of screenings at Camera Cinemas 12 in San Jose on October 30th.