February 2011
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GABA Volunteer Thank You Dinner
Ever wondered how GABA is able to pull off all the great work? In addition to GABA's board and chair members GABA relies on the knowledge and dedication of our volunteers. The success of GABA is a reflection of the professionalism of our hard working volunteers. We would like to take this opportunity to say a heartfelt "Thank You!" and we look forward to working with you again this year.

Caroline Raynaud,
Executive Director

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GABA Events

Bay Area Stammtisch East Bay
February 2, 2011, 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. 

Charging the EV Evolution - Are Consumers and the Auto Industry Ready to Plug-In? February 3, 2011, 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
SAP Labs, Building 1, 3410 Hillview Ave., Palo Alto
This GABA event presents key findings of Gartner's new EV consumer readiness study and an expert discussion about how battery powered vehicles and electric vehicles (EV) could become mainstream.

GABA Stammtisch San Francisco
February 9, 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.

GABA Stammtisch Los Angeles
February 9, 2011, 07:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Meet and network with other professionals in a casual setting or just stop by and chat with old friends. 

GABA Munich: Pottpourrie der Steuern
February 9, 2011, 07:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Weinhaus Knott, Ismaningerstr. 5, Munich
180 Änderungen in 31 Gesetzen und Verordnungen sind 2011 zu berücksichtigen - von der Abgabenordnung bis hin zur Einkommen- und Umsatzsteuer. Das hält für Steuerbürger, Unternehmer und Investoren so einige Fußangeln bereit. Da fragt sich, worauf man denn alles achten muss. Einen Überblick darüber gibt uns Herr Reinhard Häckl von "Häckl und Partner GmbH".

Bay Area Stammtisch San Jose
February 16, 2011, 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.

Negotiating as Women - Turning Opportunities into Success Stories
Inaugural SoCal WIB Event

February 17, 2011, 07:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Beverly Hills Porsche, 8425 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills
Learn how to master the art of negotiation with these insights and tips on being more skillful and confident as a woman negotiator.

Leveraging Social Media - While Avoiding the Risks
March 1, 2011, 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
SNR Denton US LLP, 1530 Page Mill road, Suite 200, Palo Alto
Participants will hear examples of what has worked (and not) for company and individual use of social media as well as new perspectives for business in tomorrow's world of social media 'connectivity'.

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

Co-Sponsored Events

GABA co-sponsored: Social Media Strategies Summit
February 8, 2011, 08:30 am - February 10, 2011, 04:00 pm
Marines' Memorial Club & Hotel, 609 Sutter St. San Francisco
How to successfully place your brand in the 2011 social media market place.

Competing For Global Dominance - Surviving Global Competition in the 21st Century
February 9, 2011, 06:30 - 9:30 pm
Fenwick & West, 801 California St., Mountain View
This long-awaited look about surviving global competition in the 21st Century focuses on the economic revolution sweeping the globe and the impact it will have on business. Everything from product development, sales, marketing to social media will change due to globalization. It reveals how tomorrow's markets will open up tremendous new opportunities worldwide.

Clean Energy for Clean Water
February 15, 2011, 06:00 - 8:30 pm
Atelier BNP Paribas, 2325 3rd. Street Suite 231, San Francisco

The French American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco, L' Atelier BNP Paribas and PRIME are pleased to invite you to a new conference of the sustainability committee. Our panel, comprised of experts from various large and small organizations focused on the Water shortage and treatment issue, will give us a true insight on how technology is contributing to help solve this crisis while using clean, more efficient energy sources. 

iHollywood Demo Night at GDC
March 3, 2011, 04:00 - 10:30 pm
Club NV, 520 Howard St., San Francisco
Join iHollywood Demo Night at GDC Including Free Party. If you purchase a ticket for dinner and program, you can attend the investors workshop, panel and dinner which is amazing value.

New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate:
BridgehouseTax GmbH (new)
NRW INVEST (North America LLC) (new)
Detecon, Inc.
K&L Gates 

Alpha Futures (new)
Law Office of Petra Korn (new)

Basic Corporate:
Perkowski Law Office (new)
Quest Relocation Group (new)
Susanne Bohl - Realtor for Silicon Valley & Bay Area (new)

Individual Members:
Craig Bain
Andreas Faass (new)
Dietmar Grauf
Mechthild Haspel
Deborah Herman (new)
Dominik Kern (new)
Christian Lambacher (new)
Martina Lavery
Edda Mihaescu
Frank Mottek (new)
Norbert Piel (new)
Siegmar Pohl
Anna Ralston
Benno Ritter (new)
Thorsten Ruehl
Juergen Schar (new)
Oscar Segurado
Tom Slama (new)
Tony Stieber
Daniela Treptow (new)

Student Members:
Florian Greiner

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
GABA SoCal proudly announces its first Women in Business event organized by Dora Szalontai, Chair of GABA SoCal's new Women in Business Industry Group.  "Negotiating as Women - turning Opportunities into Success Stories" will be the topic of this informative, exploratory session with Keynote Speaker Karen Colligan, founder of PeopleThink, who will provide insights and tips on how to become a skillful and confident woman negotiator in any aspect of your professional life. Please come and join other women professionals on February 17th to celebrate this unique inaugural event. Food will be served by Ahn-Joo, one of LA's famous food trucks, which is operated by The Next Food Network Star Debbie Lee.

Together with the German International School of Silicon Valley, GABA welcomed German expats and American professionals at the event "No Such thing As Small Talk: 7 Keys to Understanding German Business Culture". Melissa Lamson, author of the book "It's not enough to know the language" and Angelika Blendstrup Ph.D. from GABA explored with the audience the cultural differences in personal as well as in business life. In a lively discussions they shared own perspectives and experiences.

Check out the pictures of the event.

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

German American Law Firm opened new office next to San Francisco Airport
Siegwart German American Law opened its new office on Bayshore Highway in Burlingame next to the SFO Marriott. Mr. Siegwart is licensed in Germany and California. He practiced in Germany for almost a decade before he relocated to California.

Alpha Futures Managed Futures Specialist Matthias Bernd interviewed by German World
Matthias Bernd was recently interviewed by German World , the premier bilingual German-English lifestyle and entertainment magazine in the U.S. German World is a quarterly publication reaching more than 100,000 readers per issue. The interview discusses his German background and its role in his current profession in the managed futures industry. To read the interview in its entirety, check out page 31 of the Winter 2010/11 issue.

Selling the Real Value of Your Solution
April 12, 2011, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, May 10, 2011, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
ExecuTrain, 2025 Gateway Place, San Jose
Next Step along with partner ExecuTrain is offering "Selling the Real Value of Your Solution" training program. Next Step created this uniquely designed program to provide you and your sales personnel practical techniques, skills and commitment to improve in these areas.

Smaato and App Annie join forces to offer iPhone Analytics
Smaato Inc. the leading mobile ad optimization company today announced a new partnership with App Annie to deliver smarter analytics for mobile developers and publishers developing on the iOS. App Annie is an independent provider of App Store sales analytics and market intelligence. The App Annie iOS historical rankings features, part of App Annie market intelligence services, are incorporated into the SOMA platform that is easily integrated by registering here.

GISSV will open new K-5 campus in San Francisco
GISSV is looking for a campus location to start instruction to no more than 20 Kindergarten students starting in August 2011.  To make this search for a location as successful as possible, GISSV welcomes information for a potential campus location. GISSV intends to have a pedagogically suitable location identified by mid-March. Take advantage of the early enrollment discount, the early enrollment period starts on January 15th until February 25th. For questions regarding admissions, a tip for a potential campus location, or any other matter, please contact our campus via email at admissions@gissv.org.

Scenes of the luxury industry
The German news station 'n-tv' produced a documentary that takes a look behind the scenes of the luxury industry. Kai Enders, Member of the Board of Engel & Völkers AG, gives insight into the prime property market. Joy-Patrick Vellguth, Property Consultant of Engel & Völkers Hamburg, presents two luxury apartments.

GAIS Open Enrollment for the 2011-2012 School Year
Open Enrollment starts on Feb. 8 for all grades and preschool. GAIS offers 2, 3, and 5-day Preschool programs. Applicants to the new International Middle School can be English-only speakers. Call at 650-324-8617 to schedule a tour. For more information please visit the website.

German Family Karneval 
March 5, 2011, 3:30 pm - 7:00 pm
GISSV - Berkeley Campus, 1 Lawson Road, Berkeley
We will kick off the event with a costume parade. Followed by lots of music, singing and dancing for everyone. Kids can try their hand at various arts & crafts projects. We will sell a delicious menu of German food and refreshments. You can also win many exciting prizes in our silent auction and raffle drawings. Proceeds to directly benefit our growing Berkeley campus.
For further information, please contact Pamela Mead at pmead@gissv.org  or visit the website.

Job Board

Online Operations Associate (Temp) - San Bruno
Candidate must have fluency (speaking and writing) in German. As an Online Operations Associate, you will join a multilingual team to help potential and existing partners to make money - or even a living with an innovative IT company in San Bruno.  

Merk seeking Office Manager / Executive Assistant
Merk Investments, the leader in the currency asset class, is currently looking for an Office Manager/ Executive Assistant to join this dynamic and growing team. The recruit will be a key member of the Merk team, providing critical executive support to the president of the company and managing a wide range of administrative responsibilities.

Culture Selection

Goethe's Faust in the Box with Bridge Markland
March 5, 2011, 02:30 pm
GAIS Campus, 275 Elliott Dr., Menlo Park

In this production presented by GASPA , Bridge Markland throws a subjective eye onto the lives of various personalities, zaps through their biographies and throws them all "in the box". The action / dance / performance was choreographed onto the soundtrack and performed in and out of the box. In every part of the performance the box stands for something else and continues to change its meaning throughout the piece.