March 2011
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Join GABA's event  Leveraging Social Media - While Avoiding the Risks TODAY and learn the DOs and DON'Ts in Social Media with speakers from LinkedIn and
An easy way to take advantage of of the extra perks of Social Media is to become a GABA fan on SoCal and NorCal Facebook pages. We keep you updated on local culture happenings, news from Germany and of course all about the latest GABA events as well as member news and discounts.

Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director

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GABA Events

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
Please join us for this exciting discussion co-organized by GABA and BayBrazil. 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".

Bay Area Stammtisch East Bay
March 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. For directions, call (510) 522-1300.

Real Estate 2011: Where Are We in the Cycle and What Does the Future Hold?
March 9, 2011, 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
UC Irvine University Club, 801 E. Peltason Dr., Irvine
Join us for an evening of networking and stimulating discussion as leading real estate practitioners from across the industry discuss current market conditions, emerging trends, and investment strategy.

GABA Stammtisch San Francisco
March 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.

Promising Trends in Alzheimer's Treatment
March 10, 2011, 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Duane Morris, One Market Plaza, Spear Tower, Suite 2200, San Francisco
GABA and FACCSF Life Science Committees have invited experts from industry, research and clinical research to discuss the most promising research and trends in Alzheimer's treatment.

GABA Stammtisch Los Angeles
March 16, 2011, 07:00 pm - 10:00 pm
TBA, Los Angeles
Join us for GABA's monthly casual get-together. No RSVP needed; free to attend.

Bay Area Stammtisch Palo Alto
March 16, 2011, 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.

Your bridge to Europe - Doing business in Germany
March 23, 2011, 11:30 am - 02:00 pm
Comerica Bank
, 250 Lytton Avenue, Palo Alto
The German business climate index is climbing steadily. In spite of former gloomy predictions, Germany has become an easy and comfortable place to do business. This workshop will help expand your business overseas by strengthening your US-German business relations - the goal always being more market share overseas by building a solid bridge to the European market.

Eat, Pray, Love: the Formula for Women-Owned Business Success
March 31, 2011, 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Mindjet Corporation, Koshland Building 1160 Battery Street, 4th Floor (@ Union Street), San Francisco
Are you an entrepreneur, or are you thinking of starting a business? Join us for an interactive discussion featuring international women entrepreneurs that cover all aspects of the entrepreneurial formula mentioned in the title! Everyone is welcome; please bring an experience to tell.

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

Co-Sponsored Events

Demo Night at GDC
March 3, 2011, 04:00 pm - 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 as well as the party which is an amazing value. This event was changed from March 2 to March 3.

Financial Regulatory Reform: Dodd-Frank and Beyond
March 11, 2011, 08:45 am - 02:30 pm
Bancroft Hotel, 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
At this symposium, speakers from UC Berkeley will be joined by other scholars, practitioners and policymakers to address a range of issues arising from the legislative and regulatory response to the financial system collapse. William S. Haraf will provide the opening keynote address.

Keiretsu Forum's Angel Capital Expo
March 24, 2011, 08:00 am - 03:30 pm
Microsoft Auditorium, 1065 La Avenida St., Mountain View
Angel Capital Expo is a premier gathering of the angel capital community. This brings together investors and entrepreneurs looking for funding. Angel Capital Expo is organized by Keiretsu Forum, the world's largest angel investment network, and was created to foster collaboration among angel groups, as well as reach out to the larger investment community. All GABA supporters get $45 off the regular price with the discount code PARTNER45. Click here for more information and registration.

Presenting Guy Kawasaki Enchantment - The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds and Actions
March 29, 2011, 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View
Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions is Guy Kawasaki's tenth book. In it, he explains how to influence what people will do while maintaining the highest standards of ethics. All GABA supporters may register as a affiliate members and get $10 off the regular price of $30.

New and Renewing Members

Bavarian U.S. Offices/ West Coast (new)
Haeckl & Partner
Porsche Design of America, Inc. (new)
Red Lion Tavern
Siemens Technology-to-Business Center (TTB)

Individual Members:
Adi Berglez
Clay Bullwinkel (new)
Marco Heddes (new)
Michael Herrler
Martin Herzfeld
Ralf Karge
Simone Kopitzki (new)
Clemens Kownatzki
Thorsten Last
Gerhard Scherer
Cliff Tsay
Leslie Williams (new)

Student Members:
Anthony Caporale (new)
Stefanie Kuehfusz (new)
Sylvia Martini (new)
Helga Wolf

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

Inside GABA
Petra Korn - New Industry Chair for IG Media & Entertainment at GABA SoCal
Since January 2011, Petra Korn has taken on the Chair position for the newly formed Industry Group Media & Entertainment at GABA SoCal. Petra Korn is an attorney admitted to practice both in Germany and California. Having worked for a prestigious law firm in Los Angeles for the past ten years, Petra started her own law firm pKornLaw in Los Angeles in November 2009. Petra advises domestic and international clients on transactional matters mainly in the fields of International Law, German Law, Corporate and Business Law, and Intellectual Property Law. She also assists German nationals in obtaining dual citizenship and has experience in media and entertainment law. Petra's background and education has focused on Media Law, International Business Cartels, Unfair Competition, and Copyright Law.

Industry Groups
Charging The EV Evolution - Are Consumers and the Auto Industry Ready to Plug-In?
GABA's panel discussion "Charging the EV Evolution - Are Consumers and the Auto Industry Ready to Plug-In?" sponsored by NRW Invest Germany in February is featured on Techmarkia.
The panel and audience provided a lively and informed discussion on the facts and perceptions of electric vehicles manufacturers and consumers and demostrated the continous evolution of the EV industry in Silicon Valley. Read the full story here.
GABA SoCal's inaugural WIB event at Beverly Hills Porsche on Feb 17th was an all around success! Consul General Wolfgang Drautz, supportive of stronger representation of women in higher corporate ranks, opened up the event with a welcome speech. Karen Colligan captivated the audience with her energetic & interactive presentation & "Germany's Famous Bratwurst Truck" delighted the attendees with delicious German specialties. Thank you to Beverly Hills Porsche for a grand venue & to Porsche Design for the fine gift bags!
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

Smaato Raised $7 million
Smaato has raised $7 million in a new round of funding, led by Singapore's EDBI. The company will use the new funds to fuel international expansion, particularly in Asia.

Offices Available for Sublease by Shaub & Williams LLP
GABA member Shaub & Williams LLP, a boutique business and IP litigation law firm located in West L.A. at the Wilshire-Bundy Plaza, has 3 window offices (190 sq. ft) and 2 inner bay spaces available for sublease. Common conference room, kitchen, and other amenities are included. Rent range is from $1200-$1450. Interested parties please contact Lisa or Christina at 310-826-6678 for further details.

German Historical Institute Washington DC Launches New Project
The German Historical Institute Washington DC has launched an ambitious new project. "Immigrant Entrepreneurship: German-American Business Biographies, 1720 to the Present" will feature a collection of 250 biographical articles of first and second generation German-American businesspeople. See for more information.

The State of Hessen Welcomes New Companies in Germany
The State of Hessen is pleased to welcome two California-based companies to its community of already 1,200 U.S. companies based in the state. Both, Solana Beach, CA and San Ramon based eQuest established offices in Frankfurt to provide their services to customers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Poggenpohl Introduces New Kitchen Concept
Poggenpohl introduces +ARTESIO ®, a new kitchen concept designed in collaboration with Hamburg-based architect and designer Hadi Teherani. Going far beyond the fitted kitchens typically found in the industry, it provides an all-embracing solution in an architectural melting pot fusing furniture design, wall, floor and ceiling integrating ventilation, lighting and sound. The first showroom in the U.S. to display the new +ARTESIO kitchen design will be at Poggenpohl San Francisco.

GAIS Parent Talks: Internet Safety for our Children
Detective Jaimee Tassio, Menlo Park Police Department, will talk about the impact of digital media on our children's lives, their communities and our culture. She will give us some tips and resources for Internet safety. The talk takes place on March 2 from 8:45 am to 9:45 am at  GAIS, 275 Elliott Drive, Menlo Park. Please contact the Office Manager at [email protected] to RSVP and ask for the pricing.

Porsche Design Joined GABA
Porsche Design is excited to partner with GABA and gladly welcomes members at the two Southern Californian stores: Porsche Design Store Beverly Hills, Via Rodeo, 236 N Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, phone: 714 662 2992. Porsche Design Store Costa Mesa, South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, phone: 310 205 0095. We offer engineered luxury - a blend of conceived functionality and aesthetics.

Royse Law Firm Has Moved
Royse Law Firm is pleased to announce that, to accommodate growth and to more fully serve our clients, we have moved our Peninsula office effective March 1. Please update your records: Royse Law Firm, PC 1717 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303. Phone and fax numbers are unchanged: Phone: (650) 813-9700; Fax: (650) 813-9777.

Article about Engel & Völkers in German Newspaper
Properties around the region of Lake Constance are especially popular for retirement residences. However, the location increasingly is of interest to investors as well as the high demand is driving up the prices. The German newspaper "Die Welt" highlights the advantages of a location and cites Sven Schäfer, License Partner of Engel & Völkers  Konstanz.

Culture Selection
New Exhibition of Eberhard Havekost: Take Care
February 26 to April 2, 2011
Roberts & Tilton, 5801 Washington Boulevard, Culver City
Gallery hours: Tue - Sat 11:00am - 6:00pm

Roberts & Tilton is pleased to announce, Take Care, an exhibition of new paintings by Berlin based artist, Eberhard Havekost. Works included in Take Care will travel from the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen in Dresden, Germany. These recent paintings investigate the relationship between painted images and photographic sources, from which Havekost typically derives his motifs.

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

And don't forget: Faust in the box presented by GASPA on next Saturday with Bridge Markland. She 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.