December 2010
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Dec eNews Editorial
The GABA team wishes all GABA members and supporters a wonderful holiday season. We hope to see you all at our traditional Christmas party with a panel discussion on Business Finance Climate 2011 in German Consulate General in San Francisco. In addition we have an exciting life science event this month where experts from Bio-Tech industry will come together and discuss how Biomarkers Could Save Your Life.

Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director

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GABA Events

Bay Area Stammtisch East Bay
December 1, 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, please contact cmallin@gaba-network.org.

Molecular Detectives: Biomarkers Could Save Your Life
December 7, 2010, 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
K&L Gates, 4 Embarcadero Center, 12th Floor San Fransisco
Biomarkers can detect a disease before you feel any symptoms. Or they can tell you if you are pretty safe from getting a disease because your body has already developed antibodies to fight the pathogen. They can also bring a new drug faster into market and bring a murderer to trial.

GABA Stammtisch San Francisco
December 8, 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.

Business Finance Climate 2011
December 9, 2010, 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
German Consulate General, 1960 Jackson Street (at Gough), San Fransisco
GABA, Lufthansa and the German Consulate present this opportunity to meet leading international venture capital and private equity fund managers from Europe and the U.S. who will share their views of next year's overall financial climate and funding for international technology companies.

Bay Area Stammtisch San Jose
December 15, 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.

GABA SoCal Holiday Party
December 16, 2010, 06:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Porsche Design Store, 236 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills
Meet friends, colleagues and fellow Germans while enjoying holiday food in the elegant setting of the Porsche Design Center. Join us for a festive evening and the opportunity to win raffle prizes by Porsche Design , Lufthansa, BBG German Wines and more.

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

Co-Sponsored Events

PV Power Plants 2010 USA
December 1-2, 2010, 09:00 am - 09:00 pm
Caesar's Palace Conference Center Las Vegas, NV
PV Power Plants - the world's first conference series to focus exclusively on large-scale solar power plants - continues to provide essential knowledge for those decision makers striving to gain a comprehensive understanding of the latest technologies, and market and industry developments.

MBITA: Agriculture and the Green Revolution - 3rd Annual Green Trade Network Summit
December 1, 2010, 09:00 am - 03:30 pm
The Fox Theatre, 241 South Main St., Salinas, CA
The 3rd Annual Green Trade Network Summit will take place on December 1, 2010 in the 'salad bowl' of the world, Salinas, California. The conference entitled 'Agriculture and the Green Revolution', will provide a forum that will facilitate interaction and information exchange among research scientists, producers, agro-technology providers, equipment manufacturers, service providers, agronomic consultants, software developers, educators, government personnel and policymakers, all addressing the 'greening' of one of America's top industries.

SVASE Event: Technology, Startup & Investing Trends & Forecasts for 2011 - where are we headed?
December 2, 2010, 06:00 pm - 08:30 pm
Cooley LLP, 3175 Hanover Street, Palo Alto, CA
Yes, it's the season to take a look at trends in technology, startups and investing across the complete spectrum - Next Generation Internet, Clean Tech, Life Sciences, Technology & Media - and peer as far as we can into the future to forecast what might be coming down the pike towards us.

Poland - Silicon Valley Technology Symposium
December 4-7, 2010, Palo Alto, CA
The goal of the Symposium is to facilitate technology, manufacturing, and trade exchange between US and Polish entities. The Polish delegation will include the leaders of industry and academia as well as government officials. Their American counterparts will be Silicon Valley companies interested in exploring market opportunities and establishing business relationships with Poland.

GACC: Making E-Mobility Work
December 16, 2010, Program: 2:45pm-6pm, Dinner & Reception: 6pm-9pm
Stanford Faculty Club I 439 Lagunita Drive I Stanford, CA

Making E-Mobility Work: The Roles of Technology, Policy, and Behavioral Change - A German Californian Dialogue will present the realities of electric driving today and discuss the need for an all-encompassing solution that includes technology, policy, and behavioral change. German and American experts will examine where we are today and discuss e-mobility's opportunities as well as the challenges policy makers are facing.

BayBrazil: Social Media in Emerging Markets
December 7, 2010, Program: 06:00pm-09:00pm
Pillsbury Silicon Valley office, 2475 Hanover St. Palo Alto, CA

As technology hatches new channels for communication, we became simultaneously consumers and creators of information.The social media phenomenon has changed the way we interact in the U.S. and around the world with increasing impact on emerging economies. In this ever dynamic landscape how can you effectively reach out to your customers?
GABA members receive $5 discount on pre-registration, please use the discount code "baybrazilpartners".

New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate:

Eagle Strategies LLC
Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, Inc.

Basic Corporate:
Elliot & Mayock LLP

Individual Members:
Kenneth Allen
Doug Andrey
Michael Doelle (new)
Birgit Eschmann(new)
Robert van Hamersveld
Dennis Kane
Kate Kelly
Petra Kempf (new)
Christopher Krueger (new)
Thorsten Ludewig (new)
Francis Rolland (new)
Max Scheder-Bieschin
Alexander Tsigdinos (new)

Student Members:
Steffen Bartschat
Thomas Frommel
Frank Wippich

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

Industry Groups
The Vision of Energy Autonomy - Commemorating Hermann Scheer
GABA hosted a special event to commemorate Hermann Scheer, the Renewable Energy visionary and father of the Feed-in tariff in Germany, who passed away last October. During this popular event, GABA was able to show a pre-release of "The 4. Revolution", a documentary inspired by Hermann's book "Energy Autonomy". Then, David Hochschild from Solaria, and Warren Hogarth from Sequoia Capital shared their insights about public and private sector necessities for a successful revolution - which is bound to start in California!
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

Online Newsletter from Metlife Financial Services Representative Bernd Steinebrunner
To keep everyone informed of current economic conditions, Bernd Steinebrunner is publishing an online monthly Newsletter with the latest financial news. Click here for the current issues.

5th Annual German Holiday Market GISSV, Mountain View
December 4, 2010, 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
On Saturday, December 4 our school's court yard will be bustling with artisan merchants, music and food! Our popular German Holiday Market provides plenty of fun for the whole family including kid's activities and a visit from Santa! For the grown-ups there is a fabulous array of organic, natural and handcrafted gift items - many of which you will not find anywhere else.

Engel & Völkers markets a national treasure created by King Christian IX
Engel & Völkers Commercial Copenhagen has acquired a very unusual property. An artificially created 70,000 sqm island, which is located about 20 minutes off the coast of the Danish capital, is up for sale with immediate effect. Click here for more information.

GAIS Winterfest, December 4, 2-5pm, 275 Elliott Drive, Menlo Park
Come and enjoy a German Holiday Bazaar, Arts and Crafts for children and adults, Book Sale, German Baked Goods, Bratwurst and other traditional food. Our Student Performances will get you into the Holiday Spirit. We are looking forward to seeing you! More information please visit our website

GISSV - Open House for Preschool, K-12, and Saturday School
December 11, 2010, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm - GISSV Mountain View Campus

The German International School of Silicon Valley cordially invites you to visit our campus in Mountain View during our Open Houses and to learn about GISSV's bilingual programs (German and English). Teachers, Parents and Students are looking forward to showing you the school and to answer your questions. We will have a presentation at 11am introducing our Preschool/Kindergarten, Elementary, Secondary and High School Programs.
For more information please email office@gissv.org.

German International School of Silicon Valley - Happy Holiday Harmonies
December 15, 2010, 7:30 pm
at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 505 East Charleston Road
, Palo Alto
Enjoy an evening of holiday songs, music and literature performed by students, parents and teachers of the German International School of Silicon Valley. Refreshments will be sold during intermission. Admission free, donations welcome.

The Orchard Hotels promoted Jeramiah Wheeless to Chef de Cuisine
The Orchard Hotels recently promoted Jeramiah Wheeless to Chef de Cuisine at both of their signature restaurants; Roots and Daffodil . Roots in the 'green-from-the-inside-out' Orchard Garden Hotel offers a local/organic/sustainable twist to their menu. And Daffodil offers a hearty, budget-friendly Thanksgiving menu for the whole family!

Special Offer for GABA members from ProAuPair
ProAuPair is a German American Au Pair agency, specializing in recruiting experienced au pair candidates. A 100% retention rate of au pairs in 2010 (no rematches, no early departures) make families happy across the U.S. Candidates have experience in pediatric nursing, kindergarten teaching, occupational therapy. Welcome your German Au Pair in 2011 and save $300 Application fee if you register by 12/31/2010 at www.proaupair.com/Gaba.html.