October 2010
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On October 3, 2010 Germany celebrated the twentieth anniversary of Germany's reunification. "Without you, without the unshakeable support of the American people, we might not have been able to achieve German unity." German Ambassador Klaus Scharioth said to guests at the Day of German Unity reception.

Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director

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GABA Events

Bay Area Stammtisch East Bay
October 6, 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.

Renewable Energy Projects - Realities & Challenges in Financing
October 7, 2010, 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
TiE, 2903 Bunker Hill Lane Suite 108, Santa Clara
GABA and The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) are jointly organizing this program to discuss recent developments in the Photovoltaic Industry.

Festiv'ALL 2010 - Members-Only
October 8, 2010, 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm
Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara
Festiv'ALL 2010 is one of the premier local networking events of Silicon Valley. It is a celebration of our diversity and connectedness - the only event of the year that brings together a potent combination and significant number of multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, business-oriented organizations from all around the Bay Area.

GABA Stammtisch San Francisco
October 13, 2010, 07:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Triptych bar/restaurant/art gallery, 1155 Folsom Street, San Francisco
Please join us on every second Wednesday of the month for our new San Francisco GABA Stammtisch. Street parking is available. The Civic Center BART Station is 3 blocks away.

Bay Area Stammtisch San Jose
October 20, 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.

Cancer Causation by Infections
October 28, 2010 05:30 pm - 08:00 pm
Duane Morris LLP, One Market Plaza , Spear Tower, Suite 2200, San Francisco
Please join Duane Morris, Heidelberg Club International, Heidelberg Technology Park and the German American Business Association for a Seminar by 2008 Nobel Laureate Prof. Dr. Harald zur Hausen.

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

Co-Sponsored Events

Prosystem Symposium
October 5 to October 6, 2010
Milpitas/San Jose
Prosystem - an international Healthcare Consulting Company - will provide you with the latest updates and news regarding the IEC 80001-1 and IEC 62304. Come and join us, free of charge for GABA members! Ask Oliver Christ for further information at oliver.christ@prosystem-ag.com or download our brochure.

Internet TV & Telephony Trends
October 5, 2010, 06:00 pm
SAP Labs Inc - Building #1, 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto
SiliconFrench hosts two winning teams of the "Orange ITN Awards". The first part of the event will present the winning projects, the second part will be a table discussion on telephony, TV and mobile communication over the net; animated by SF Orange Labs CTO and VP - Technology & Development at France Telecom.

German Day at Concordia University
October 6, 2010, 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
Concordia University - Convocation Center, 1530 Concordia, Irvine
Twenty years ago, Germany was reunified. The Iron Curtain disappeared. To commemorate this marvelous event, and to keep its memory alive among the next generation, the League of Faithful Masks and Concordia are offering a unique Celebration of Freedom.

SVASE Event: What's really going on with Venture Capital & what does this mean for entrepreneurs?
October 7, 2010, 06:00 pm - 08:30 pm
Cooley LLP, 3175 Hanover Street, Palo Alto
Almost overnight, smart angels with investment track records are turning into mini-VCs, capable of making seed investments in hundreds of startups. So what's a startup founder to do? Come join a lively debate from our panel of informed & opinionated speakers, as they dissect this topic.

BAIA Event - Transplanting start-ups in Silicon Valley: does it work?
October 14, 2010, 06:30 pm - 09:00 pm
SAP Labs, Building 1, 3410 Hillview Ave, Palo Alto
A long string of international entrepreneurs have come to Silicon Valley to raise funds and grow their business. Their track record is mixed, and it is unclear how successful this model has been for Italian and European start-ups. Get a GABA member discount with code: GABA10.

Europe and America - Poised for Growth in a Challenging Economy
October 20, 2010, 10:00 am - 01:30 pm
Tabard Theatre, 29 N. San Pedro Street, San Jose
This seminar/luncheon will feature an array of experts discussing taxes, incentives, support services and opportunities that American companies can now utilize to enter the EU marketplace.

"Deal-making" - Clean-Tech Trade Mission to China
October 23, 2010, 06:00 pm to October 30, 2010
Shanghai, Jiangsu and Changsha, China
Presented by the Monterey Bay International Trade Association (MBITA) and Asia Gateway Inc. and offering pre-qualified one-on-one meetings in China and participation in the Shanghai World Expo 2010.

New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate:
EV Real Estate, Inc. (new)
Haig Barrett Inc (new)

Basic Corporate:
Berlin Partner GmbH
FireHouse Grill & Brewery (new)
German American International School
Lever X
Smaato Inc.

Individual Members:
Tassilo Baeuerle (new)
Hans-Juergen Bossmeyer (new)
Lutz Chorengel (new)
Carl Fricke (new)
Florian Gador
DV Henkel-Wallace (new)
Sylvia Kainz
Paul Kallmes
Martin Moeller (new)
Bruce Riter
Benno Ritter (new)
Michael Rolland (new)
Amir Sadighi
Ulrich Schulz
Gian Carlo Sciuchetti
Matthias Steiert (new)
Philip Zatta (new)

Student Members:
Carolina Garcia Rizo (new)
Viviane Helmig (new)
Florian Strasser (new)

For more information on how to become a GABA Member, contact membership@gaba-network.org, or visit our website to sign up online.

Inside GABA
New Executive Director for SoCal Chapter of GABA
Cornelia Betschart de Fuertes joined the SoCal Chapter of GABA as its new Executive Director. She studied PR & Marketing and worked in the TV & Film industry in Munich. Prior to GABA, she assisted her husband in launching CoachLink, a matching service for professional life and business coaches. Cornelia is the founder of the blog CaliforniaGermans.com and can be reached at c.fuertes@gaba-network.org.

Industry Groups
Mini-grids in Germany and worldwide: A global trend towards off-grid energy supply?
On September 30th, Co-chair Olaf Groth of the GABA's Clean Tech industry group moderated another top-notch GABA event. Responding to the popularity of past GABA events, the panel consisting of complementing distinguished speakers provided a well-rounded global perspective on local trends about mini-grids. Numerous case studies presented by the speakers allowed for a vivid discussion in the Q&A session. More opportunities for members to join the GABA Clean Tech events will follow!
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

PubMatic Partners with Smaato
PubMatic unveiled a partnership with Smaato, the world's leading mobile ad optimization platform for publishers. The partnership will provide the hundreds of premium publishers that work with PubMatic with similar ad network optimization for their mobile platforms as well as mobile browser inventory.

SNR Denton Supports ResearchGate
Daniel Zimmermann, Stephanie Zeppa and Belinda Luu of premium member SNR Denton (fka Sonnenschein) helped ResearchGATE with its initial institutional funding round from Benchmark, Accel and others. ResearchGATE is a professional network for scientist based in Berlin and co-founded by Ijad Madisch.

ECCE TERRAM Photo2lab Solution at Chicagos Graph Expo 2010
Create new markets for you and your customers by providing consumer and business products to your customers with Photo2Lab software offering social media integration and real-time collaboration. More information and a free pass to the Graph Expo 2010 Chicago from October 3rd to 6th on www.share-your-photostory.com or visit us at booth 4934.

Annual German Book Fair at GAIS in Menlo Park
Browse a diverse selection of hundreds of the latest kids & teens books from Germany. The annual Book Fair at the German American International School has been operating for over 20 years for the families and friends of GAIS as well as the local German community. GAIS Library, 275 Elliott Drive, Menlo Park. Hours: Oct. 26 - 29, 8:30am-3:30pm & Oct. 30, 9am-12:30pm.

GAIS Auction Party on October 23rd, 2010 - Theme "Night of Fright"
This year we will hold our Fundraiser Party on October 23rd at the Faultline Brewery in Sunnyvale. It is a gala event that features fine food, dancing, and terrific auction items -many of them one-of-a-kind. It's a great chance to dress up, socialize, and help support the programs at the German American International School. For more info email auction@gais.org.

Engel & Völkers Opened Shops in San Francisco
Engel & Völkers boutique style real estate shops opened their doors in September in San Francisco SoMa and Newport Beach. The opening ceremonies have been a great success. Find out more about the world's leading service company for the brokerage of prestige residential property, commercial real estate and yachts on www.engelvoelkers.com.

Interview with rheingold's Managing and Research Directors
What do you need to know when entering the US market as a German firm? What fascinates Americans about German heritage, what might repel them? rheingold's international in-depth psychological market research reveals opportunities and limitations. rheingold's Stephan Urlings and Patricia Sauerbrey Colton share their insights in a recent interview with W&V Media. Click here for Summary in English.

Oktoberfest at the Firehouse Grill in Sunnyvale
Join us on October 22nd at 7:00 PM for the 1st Annual Oktoberfest at the Firehouse Grill & Brewery in downtown Sunnyvale, featuring "The Internationals". We will have a German Menu, Oktoberfest Beer and prizes for best costumes, so wear your Dirndls, Lederhosen and get your "yodel on" for this traditional Bavarian event.

Complementary Selling into the US Webinar
On 20th October, one of Next Step's most experienced sales trainer and senior consultant will lead an hour long complementary webinar designed specifically for international companies wishing to develop business in the US. Entitled Selling into the US it provides proven techniques and processes to gain awareness, penetration and revenue through US sales activities.

Culture Selection

15th Anniversary Berlin & Beyond Film Festival
October 22 to 28, 2010 at Castro Theatre, San Francisco 

October 30, 2010 at  Camera 12 Cinemas, San Jose
Join America's premier celebration of new cinema from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland on a spirited adventure with 30+ films at San Francisco's historic Castro Theatre, October 22nd-28th, 2010, along with an Encore Day at San Jose's Camera 12 Cinemas on October 30th.

Latin Jazz from Germany
October 26, 2010, 08:00 pm
Yoshi's, Oakland
Another great jazz event with Sebastian Schunke Group. Let's hear it for AfroCuban Jazz speaking to people all over the world. Jazz made in Germany!
Don't miss popular ARD TV drama "Weissensee"
Tuesdays, 08:15 pm CET
The sympathetic protrayal of the lives of East Germans which is set in 1980 drew huge television audiences in Germany since its launch in September. The core of the show are two warring families linked by an illicit love affair. Featuring the amazing Florian Lukas and Hannah Herzsprung as leading actors. You can watch the current episode online at www.daserste.de/weissensee which will be available for 7 days after the episode aired.