January 2011
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Business Finance Climate 2011

Happy New Year! We would like to thank all GABA enthusiasts. With your help GABA was able to celebrate a very successful year 2010 with our signature event Business Finance Climate 2011 at the end of the year in San Francisco. Together, GABA members and friends enjoyed delicious food and wine and welcomed a new year full of exciting networking opportunities. For more information, please visit our website.

Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director

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GABA Events

GABA Stammtisch San Francisco
January 12, 2011, 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 Palo Alto
January 19, 2011, 07:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Gordon Biersch, 640 Emerson Street, Palo Alto
Join us for GABA's monthly casual get-together. No RSVP needed; free to attend.  

No Such Thing As Small Talk: 7 Keys to Understanding German Business Culture
January 26, 2011 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
German International School of Silicon Valley, 310 Easy Street, Mountain View
In this GABA networking event Melissa Lamson will present her new book and speak to us about how culture impacts business communication.

GABA SoCal's Annual Business and Financial Outlook Event
January 27, 2011 06:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Deutsche Bank, 2029 Century Park East, Los Angeles
GABA SoCal invites you to our Annual Business and Financial Outlook Event to discuss the current state and the 2011 outlook of the economy, financial markets, funding climate and real estate market.

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

Co-Sponsored Events

SVASE Event: First Mover vs. Fast Follower - which do You want to be?
January 13, 2011, 06:00 pm - 08:30 pm
Cooley LLP, 3175 Hanover Street, Palo Alto
Innovation drives our industry, attracts the best talent, attracts VC money, and wins fame & fortune for its leaders - think Twitter, FourSquare, Groupon. What's the best strategy for success with YOUR startup? Do you want to be first out the door with your game changing technology/business model/market? Or is it better to hang back, see who else comes out in the space, learn from their mistakes, and then leapfrog them? Our team of experienced & opinionated panelists will explore these questions, and more, to help you figure out what's best for YOUR startup.

High Tech Made in Bavaria: Photonics and Laser Technology
January 27, 2011, 08:00 am - 10:00 am
St. Regis Hotel, 125 Third Street, Room: Collections II, San Francisco
On the occasion of Photonics West 2011 in San Francisco Bavarian U.S. Office for Economic Development cordially invites you to a Business Breakfast and Networking event. Speakers will showcase the photonics industry in the German State of Bavaria, reflect on science and research in the field of laser technology and discuss the numerous applications of optical technologies. Please RSVP by January 21, 2011 at [email protected]

New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate:
Gordon Biersch Brewing Company

Orchard Hotels
BASF Venture Capital America, Inc

Basic Corporate:
ProAuPair, LLC
WD Enterprises
William & Henry Associates

Individual Members:
Alex Agarwal (new)
Neville Asherson (new)
Richard Chamberlain
Marco Conradi
Dan Hoover
Ulrich Kohl
Michael Metzger
Kenneth Morris (new)
Rosemarie Reisch (new)
Bernd Schroettle-Henning
Torsten Thomas
James Vandermaas
Robert Wittenburg

Student Members:
Gustavo Ortiz (new)
Tobias Stauss (new)

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

Industry Groups

Biomarkers Could Save Your Life

Together with NRW INVEST Germany the GABA Life Science Industry Group invited experts on the subject "Biomarkers Could Save Your Life". Attendees and panelists had fruitful discussions and shared insights on how Biomarkers can predict diseases, identify invisible invaders as well as how Biomarker companies can get funding. Click here for Dave Raksin's  and Dr. Bernward Garthoff's presentations.

Bernd Steinebrunner, GABA Vice Chair and Giancarlo Incalza, Porsche Design Manager
GABA SoCal's holiday event at the Porsche Design Center on Rodeo Drive turned out to be a great success. In an elegant setting GABA members and friends enjoyed delicious foods from McCormick & Schmick's , had fun testing the Porsche parked outside the entrance and won great prizes like Porsche Design sunglasses, Pacific Symphony concert tickets, King Frosch 'Eiswein' and more. To get a glimpse of the event, check out these pictures.

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

Orchard Hotels won California Hotel & Lodging Association's Star of the Industry Award
Damien Keller, director of sales for the Orchard Hotels in San Francisco , was recently named "Outstanding Manager of the Year" by The California Hotel & Lodging Association at the 2010 Stars of the Industry Awards in San Diego. Congratulations, Damien!

Blue Tree Productions offers special deal for GABA members
For 2011, Blue Tree Productions will offer special deal for GABA members which is called "The 500 Dollar web video". For $500 we will produce a great looking web video for your website or YouTube which includes an interview and some B-roll of your business.

German State of Hessen U.S. Office reaches out to CA

Through GABA German State of Hessen U.S. Office for Economic Development reaches out to the U.S. companies located in California looking to establish a subsidiary in Germany. Kristina L. Garcia, Managing Director is responsible for increasing Hessen's profile as a leading global business, financial and scientific location. She provides cost-free services and consultations to U.S. executives. For more information please contact [email protected]  

Special GABA Member Offer
Greenfire Strategies, a full service marketing agency, is offering GABA members a 10% discount on any of our new video animation services now through January 31st. Complete 3-D animation for promotional, educational video productions, product or logo animations.

Job Board

Preschool/ Kindergarten Teacher
The German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV) is a private school from Preschool through 12th Grade with a bilingual German-English educational program. Upon graduation, our students earn a German International Abitur and take part in all qualifications and exams needed for an American High School Diploma. We serve children of all nationalities in the San Francisco Bay Area and are accredited by the German Government and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

For our location in Mountain View we are looking for a committed Preschool/Kindergarten Teacher (Floater) starting immediately. For more information please go to our website and click "Employment" or contact us at [email protected].

Culture Selection

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German Gems
January 14-16 at Castro Theatre,
January 22 in Point Arena
After its overwhelming success last winter, German Gems returns to the Castro, San Francisco's citadel of cinema, for a three-day weekend. Alongside familiar masters, like Percy Adlon (Bagdad Café) whose MAHLER ON THE COUCH will open the festival, German Gems is proud to feature a number of debut films. This year's highlights include THE ARCHITECT, an intense family drama, MOUNTAIN BLOOD, shot in the Tyrolean Alps, SHE DESERVED IT about teenage violence, KEEP SURFING about river surfing in the heart of Munich and don't miss the comedy, INTERN FOR LIFE. Look out for our GermanGems ticket raffle on our facebook page.