May 2011
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European Parliament Event 4/17/11
We received an overwhelming response for our "European Parliament meets Silicon Valley" event which was held at the German Consulate General in San Francisco last month. GABA members and other Silicon Valley professionals welcomed the members of the European Parliament Committee on Industry, Research and Energy to vividly discuss what are the business opportunities here and in the EU and what drives innovation in the Silicon Valley. You can get a taste of the latter at today evening's event The Evolution of Mobile Entertainment - Mobile Apps on the Rise.

Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director

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GABA Events

The Evolution of Mobile Entertainment - Mobile Apps on the Rise
May 3, 2011, 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
SAP Labs, Building 1, 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto
Join us as leading industry and VC executives discuss developments and projections of the ever evolving area of mobile entertainment and media apps and debate the next disruptive technologies, 'killer apps' and financing environment.

Bay Area Stammtisch East Bay
May 4, 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.

World Trade Week Kickoff Breakfast
May 6, 2011, 07:00 am - 10:00 am
Marriott Hotel Downtown Los Angeles, 333 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles
GABA has again secured two VIP tables at the LA Chamber's signature event, the prestigious Kick-Off Breakfast for the 2011 World-Trade Week celebrations!

Day At The Races
May 7, 2011, 10:30 am - 04:00 pm
Hollywood Park - Finish Line Cafe, 1050 South Prairie Avenue, Inglewood
Join us as we participate in the 19th Annual "Day at the Races" celebrating World Trade Week. We'll be enjoying the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby, known as "the greatest two minutes in sports" and other live races throughout the afternoon.

GABA-Munich: Tesla Motors - Die Chancen der Elektromobilität
May 11, 2011, 05:30 pm
Tesla München, Blumenstraße 17, 80331 München
Sie haben die Gelegenheit mehr zum Thema Elektromobilität zu erfahren, den Tesla Roadster ganz aus der Nähe zu betrachten, und evtl. bei einer kurzen Probefahrt am eigenen Leibe zu erspüren, was die Faszination der Elektromobilität ausmacht.

GABA Stammtisch San Francisco
May 11, 2011, 07:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Triptych bar/restaurant/art gallery, 1155 Folsom Street(between 7th and 8th), San Francisco
Please join us on every second Wednesday of the month for our new San Francisco GABA Stammtisch, at 7 pm at the Triptych bar/restaurant/art gallery at 1155 Folsom Street (between 7th and 8th) in San Francisco. Street parking is available. The Civic Center BART Station is 3 blocks away.

GABA Stammtisch Los Angeles
May 11, 2011, 07:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Chateau Marmont, 8221 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood
Join GABA as we visit one of LA's most famous landmarks, The Chateau Marmont!!! Enjoy mingling with friends or colleagues as we continue our monthly Stammtisch tradition at this exciting locale.

Bay Area Stammtisch Palo Alto/Mountain View/Los Altos
May 18, 2011, 07:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Esther's German Bakery and Cafe, 987 N San Antonio Rd, Los Altos
Welcome to our casual Stammtisch-get-togethers! This month, for the first time, at Esther's German Bakery on San Antonio Road on the border of Palo Alto, Mountain View and Los Altos. Look out for the small German flag, but we will most likely meet in the nice little Biergarten area in the back of the restaurant. No RSVP needed - last order for food and beverages is at 9pm!

Solar Project Financing 2011: An Inside Look at the Aerojet Project
May 23, 2011, 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
K&L Gates LLP, 4 Embarcadero Center, Suite 1200, San Francisco
The panelists will discuss the financing of solar projects with these incentives at a practical, hands-on level using lessons learned in a real solar project by Solar Power, Inc. - the Aerojet project in Northern California. This large-scale PV solar system was built at an EPA brown field site and combines the implementation of solar for electricity generation with the reuse of a contaminated site.

European Networking 2011 - Members Only!
May 26, 2011, 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Cooley Godward Kronish LLP, 3175 Hanover St, Palo Alt
Take this opportunity to mingle with business professionals from diverse European countries!

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

Co-Sponsored Events

The Founder Conference
May 3, 2011, 09:00 am - 06:00 pm
Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St, Mountain View
The Founder Conference is back with Naval Ravikant (AngelList), Robert Scoble, Loic Le Meur (Seesmic), Adeo Ressi (TheFunded) and 500 entrepreneurs. Topics include improving your elevator pitch, how to raise angel funding in 2011, finding co-founders and more.

MBITA: Congressman Sam Farr - A National Export Initiative (NEI) Update
May 18, 2011, 12:00 pm - 01:30 pm
Crazy Horse Restaurant at Bay Park Hotel, 1425 Munras, Monterey
Congressman Sam Farr returns to the Monterey Chapter of MBITA for his annual presentation on Washington's perspective of how the National Export Initiative (NEI) can help create jobs both locally and across our nation with increased exports from our small to mid-sized business communities.

Fashion Show: Young Berlin Designers
May 18, 2011, 07:00 pm - 10:00 pm
VIBIANA Cathedral, 214 South Main Street, Los Angeles
The Los Angeles-Berlin Sister City Committee presents the Berlin Runway Fashion Show "Hot Fashions From a Cool City!" Come and enjoy the colorful and opulent, classy and sexy evening couture, and the modern and purist look by four young Berlin designers, graduates of the traditional Fashion College "Am Lette-Verein" Berlin.

Forum on Emerging Economies
May 21, 2011, 12:30 am - 04:30 pm
Forbes Family Conference Room, Lucas Hall, Santa Clara University
Brazil, China, India and Russia are projected to become the largest economies by year 2050. Together these countries hold 40% of the world's population with an increasing affluent middle-class that is driving the greatest social-economic transformation in history. The 2011 edition of this forum will discuss the trends in the cleantech sector & the innovation ecosystems that are reshaping businesses around the world. GABA members get $5 off on pre-registration, use discount code "baybrazilforum".

From Data Collection to Display - How Visualization Transforms IT and Healthcare
May 26, 2011, 09:00 am - 06:00 pm
Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley
The Visualization of data is one of our most powerful tools. It enables a remarkable degree of data compression and let's us see important relationships or interconnections. The one-day event enables you to discuss aspects of the visualization value chain, from data collection to user-friendly interfaces with leading industry experts and promising startups. The first 10 GABA Members registering get in for free - use the code "GABAMEMBER".

New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate:
YES Partners

Alpine Village & Alpine Market (new)
German World (new)

Basic Corporate:
MontaRosa LLC (new)

Individual Members:
Judy Cobb
Mary Beth Curley (new)
Ed Gunther
Brant Hanna (new)
John Holcomb
Wes King (new)
Helmuth Kraemer
Dirk Lueth
Paul Melnychuck
Ann Mueller
Philipp Reker
Ute Schulz
Roia Shefayee (new)
Olav Strawe (new)
Michaela Tarpenyans
Roland Vlaicu

Student Members:
Jacqueline Mielcarek (new)
Madeleine Oster (new)
Elisabeth Plattner
Leander Zickler (new)

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

Inside GABA
New location of the Palo Alto Stammtisch: This month in the Beer Garden of Esther's German Bakery and Cafe 
Let's celebrate the beginning of summer in the traditional German way and open a keg Koelsch!Meet GABA in the little beer garden in the back of Esther's German Bakery and Cafe for this month's Palo Alto Stammtisch. Apart from the dainty German dishes, Esther is now also serving great German beer on draft, like Bitburger Pils, Spaten Optimator, Franziskaner Hefeweizen. Treat yourself to a cold beer after work and enjoy great company. For more information go to our website. PROST!

Industry Groups
Our Latest Cloud Computing Event Now on Facebook
Cloud Computing: What is Next?
Did you miss our Software Industry Group's latest high profile event "Cloud Computing: What is Next?"? Would you like to hear the insights from a panel of experts (SAP, Google, Rackspace, VMware and Citrix) working at the forefront of the cloud technology development? Would you like to learn more about the risks and business impacts of Cloud Computing? We will put the recording of the event online in the near future. Stay tuned via GABA Facebook page.
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

Transatlantic Risks for Small and Mid-Sized Companies - Prevention to Crisis Management
May 10, 2011, 09:00 am - 06:00 pm
The Charles Hotel Munich, Sophienstr. 28, D-80333 Munich (Salon 6 & 7)
In this workshop, experienced practitioners will discuss current compliance topics. In light of the increasing control by US-regulatory authorities over German mid-sized companies, the speakers will present cost saving and effective preventive measures as part of German-American compliance programs.

Engel & Völkers Increased Revenues
The Engel & Völkers Group has increased its brand revenues over the first three months of this year by more than 27 percent to 42.73 million euros. "We are currently witnessing a real global upsurge in demand, especially for prestigious residential property," commented Christian Völkers, CEO of Engel & Völkers AG.

USA Market Entry & Successful Expansion - Seminars in Germany
GABA members and Industry Chairs EJ Dieterle and Achim Hoelzle together with other partners will be presenting: USA Market Entry & successful Expansion on their Germany tour. The Spring 2011 tour includes Nuernberg on May 11 as well as Munich on May 13. For further details please contact:

Senior Manager of Montage Services Inc. in Munich
Montage Services Inc. specializes in international tax planning, cross-border expansion and investments. Our Senior Manager Andrew Goldman is going to be in Munich from May 12th through the 14th. For any questions or to arrange a meeting in Munich or San Francisco, please contact us at

Job Board
Software Engineer
Elgato Systems is hiring at our San Francisco office. We have an immediate opening for a full-time Software Engineer. If this position sounds interesting to you, please email your application with your salary expectations to

Web Developer
Elgato Systems is hiring at our San Francisco office. We have an immediate opening for a Web Developer (full time). If this position sounds interesting to you, please email your application with your salary expectations to

Substitute Preschool & School Teachers for Afternoon Child Care Program
The German-American International School in Menlo Park is looking for enthusiastic, energetic, fluent German speaking substitute preschool/school teachers to join the growing team of our German immersion Afternoon Program. The program runs 10 month, Mo.-Fr. 2-6pm and 8:30am-6:00pm during school holidays. Please send your resume to

Culture Selection
The Robber - True Story of Austria's Most Famous Bank Robber
April 29 - May 5, 2011: San Jose, Berkeley, San Francisco
May 6 - May 12, 2011: Los Angeles

May 20 - May 26, 2011: San Diego
A champion marathoner leads a double life as a serial bank robber, sprinting between fixes (and away from police cavalcades) as many as three times a day. This movie is a lean, visceral study of pathological compulsion from Austrian director Benjamin Heisenberg, featuring a riveting central performance by Andreas Lust (Revanche).