October 2011
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German Reunification Deutsche Wiedervereinigung ...The Day of Germany....3.October

For the German community October certainly bears many occassions and opportunities to celebrate. In addition to the Day of German Unity and the Oktoberfest, we are also looking forward to lots of local highlights. For instance our highprofile event Cyber-Security with Deputy Secretary of the German Federal Government, Cornelia Rogall-Grothe or the 16th Berlin & Beyond Film Festival, America's leading fest of new cinema from Germany, Austria & Switzerland.

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Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director
GABA Events

Is 2011 An Inflection Point for the Future of Clean Energy?
Tuesday, Oct 04, 2011, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wilmer Hale, 950 Page Mill Road Palo Alto, CA

The Fukushima nuclear disaster and its aftermath have changed the perception of nuclear for a new generation. Germany will shut down all nuclear reactors by 2022 and Japan and other countries may follow. 2011 is shaping up as a key year for Clean Energy and the evening will focus on the burning question what are the business opportunities when energy policies change?

German Day 2011 at Concordia University
Wednesday, Oct 05, 2011, 10:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Concordia University - Convocation Center 1530 Concordia West, Irvine, CA

Germany's economy is booming. German businesses are excelling throughout California, leading in design and product quality. What is their secret? The League of Faithful Masks, Concordia University, Irvine and the German American Business Association will explore this question and more in an exciting, day-long celebration of German entrepreneurship on October 5, 2011.

Bay Area Stammtisch East Bay
Wednesday, Oct 05, 2011, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Avenue Alameda, CA

Join us for GABA's monthly casual get-together in the East Bay. free to attend. For directions, call (510) 522-1300.

Oktoberfest - Members Only! - Sold Out
Thursday, Oct 06, 2011, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Caroll, Burdick & McDonough LLP, 44 Montgomery, Suite 400, San Francisco

GABA, in partnership with The German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc., the Goethe-Institut San Francisco, the Bavarian U.S. Offices for Economic Development and Carroll, Burdick & McDonough LLP, is celebrating our annual Oktoberfest Networking Reception!

Cyber-Security - The German and US Approach to a Common Challenge?
Tuesday, Oct 11, 2011, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
German Consulate General, 1960 Jackson Street (at Gough) San Francisco, CA

Data integrity and security are challenges in cyberspace. Germany's Federal Ministry of the Interior recently introduced the Cyber Security Strategy for Germany. Cornelia Rogall-Grothe, Deputy Secretary, Federal Ministry of the Interior, and Chief Information Officer of the German Federal Government, will discuss the German approach.

GABA Stammtisch Los Angeles
Wednesday, Oct 12, 2011, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Join us for GABA's monthly casual get-together in the Los Angeles area.

GABA Stammtisch San Francisco
Wednesday, Oct 12, 2011, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Triptych bar/restaurant/art gallery 1155 Folsom Street (between 7th and 8th) San Francisco, CA

Please join us on every second Wednesday of the month for our 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.

Cardiovascular Disease
Monday, Oct 17, 2011, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Duane Morris LLP, One Market Plaza, Spear Tower, Suite 2200, San Francisco, CA

Cardiovascular disease is consistently listed among the leading causes of death worldwide. Obesity, diabetes, lipid disorders and smoking are major risk factors for CVD, however, there is less consensus about other factors. Our panel consisting of academic and practicing cardiologists along with scientific experts from the diagnostic and drug industry will share their view on these and related topics and discuss the latest advances in the development of novel and safer therapeutics for CVD.

Easy Access to Europe: Journey to Germany as an Example
Wednesday, Oct 19, 2011, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
HSBC Bank 277 South B Street, San Mateo, CA

This seminar offers valuable insights into setting up a business overseas - taking Germany as a representative example. We will be focusing on the tax, law and financial implications of such a move.

Bay Area Stammtisch San Jose
Wednesday, Oct 19, 2011, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Teskes-Germania Restaurant, 255 N. First Street at Devin, San Jose, CA

Join us for GABA's monthly casual get-together.

Oktoberfest at Alpine Village
Saturday, Oct 22, 2011, 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Alpine Village - Torrance, CA

Details to be announced soon!

European Networking - East Bay
Thursday, Oct 27, 2011, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wendel Rosen Black & Dean LLP, 1111 Broadway, 24th Floor, Oakland, CA

GABA, the French American Chamber of Commerce (FACCSF) and the British American Business Council (BABC) in cooperation with many other European organizations want to invite you to one of their very successful European Networking events. Come out and mingle with entrepreneurs, VC's and a range of professionals involved in cross-border business in a very relaxed and European atmosphere!

Women in Business - The Love-Hate Relationship of Financing Your Business
Tuesday, Nov 01, 2011, 6:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Little Fox, Theater "Club Fox", 2209 Broadway Street Redwood City, CA

Learn about the creative ways women entrepreneurs can fund their start-up companies in these tough times, from the aspects of corporate, non-profit and independent women professionals in the Bay Area.

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

Co-Sponsored Events

Wednesday, Oct 12, 2011, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, CA

2011 continues the tradition of one of Silicon Valley's most celebrated diverse small business events, Festiv'ALL. Festiv'ALL offers an excellent opportunity to meet, greet, and network. The event will have numerous representations from local business-serving agencies and associations, free food samples from various multicultural restaurants, as well as ongoing entertainment. And best of all, this event is for free of charge GABA members! Register here.

What to do when an 800 pound Gorilla competes with YOUR startup?
Thursday, October 6, 2011, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Cooley LLP, 3175 Hanover Street, Palo Alto, CA

You've probably all heard that Facebook is coming out with a photo sharing app that industry experts are saying will cause the death of just about every other awesome photo app that you can think of. "How can these companies possibly compete?" Entrepreneurs and investors, who have been there when the Big Boys started to flex their muscles, will help you find your answer to this potential show stopper.

Doing Business with Brazil, a workshop on the economic outlook & case studies of U.S. companies that are expanding to Brazil
Thursday, October 13, 2011, 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Silicon Valley Bank, 3005 Tasman Drive HC200, Santa Clara, CA

Join BayBrazil to discuss Brazil's economic environment, the trends and opportunities in sectors such as IT, energy and biotech, and the business case studies of well-known Silicon Valley firms that have recently started operations in Brazil. GABA members use discount code "baybrazilpartner".

Doing Business in Europe. Bavaria - Your Key to Success
Tuesday, November 1st, 2011, 5.00 PM - 8.00 PM
Stanford University Faculty Club, 439 Lagunita Drive, Stanford, CA

Speakers from Bavarian U.S. Offices, Robert Bosh, Häckl und Partner, German Silicon Valley Accellerator Inc. will discusse topics such as Tax and Legal Aspects of Doing Business in Germany, Mobile Security, Business Location Bavaria, Enabling Technologies and many more. Contact Samantha at slubbering@bridgellp.com to register and click here to make a payment. Please RSVP by October 25, 2011.

The Startup Conference Los Angeles
Tuesday, November 15, 2011, 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Marina Del Rey, CA

The Startup Conference on Nov 15 in Los Angeles attracts 300+ entrepreneurs who discuss fundraising, how to launch their startup, practice their elevator pitch, get covered by TechCrunch and the press. Speakers include TechCrunch Disrupt Finalists Rebecca Woodcock and Aviv Grill, gamification expert Gabe Zichermann, LA angel investor Paige Craig and many more. Join us for an epic 1-day event!

New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate:
WilmerHale (new)

EdgeTech Law LLP (new)
Berlin Partner
German American International School

Basic Corporate:
Gordon Kemper LLP (new)
German American School of Palo Alto 

Individual Members:
Laurie Allen 
James Gallagher (new)
Elise Greenwood 
Kurt Knierim (new)
Matthew Lambrinos 
Johannes Lintzen 
Peter Lundy 
Sami Mourad 
Mark Platshon (new)
Kiran Ramakrishnan (new)
Bruce Riter 
Michael Rolland 
Amir Sadighi 
Helmut Schott (new)
Christian Schulz (new)
Ulrich Schulz 
Inka Traktman (new)
Frank Wippich 

Student Members:
Andrea Kohler (new) 
Kiran Ramakrishnan (new)

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

Inside GABA

Volunteer With GABA
As a Non-Profit organization GABA relies on the knowledge and dedication of our volunteers. GABA NoCal is currently look for new talents to join our wonderful volunteer community. Particular position openings include Clean-Tech Conference Coordinator and Associate for our Newsletter team. For more information please contact us at office@gaba-network.org.
Industry Groups

GABA's Young Professionals Networking Mixer
Young Professionals Networking Mixer GABA's newest Interst Group Young Professionals (YP) successfully launched it's first networking mixer on September 27th. The new group provides young workers a chance to meet with their peers from different business and industries and talk about their careers. It's a great opportunity to exchange tips on starting out in the Bay area and help answer each other's questions. Stay tuned for more exciting events of the Young Professionals Group in the near future.
GABA's Interest 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

Equinix grows its data center in Frankfurt, Hessen
California-based Equinix will invest $70 million in the third phase of expansion of its data center in Frankfurt, Hessen. With this latest investment, they will improve their range of services and performance as the demand for data center and connection services continues to grow. Frankfurt is Europe's 2nd Largest Data Center Market. Expand your business to Hessen and let the German State of Hessen U.S. Office for Economic Development support you with our cost-free location advisory services!

Noukas and Associates expands its services
Noukas and Associates announces its expansion of its International Security and Intelligence Consulting Services to Los Angeles, operated by Vice President and GABA member Frederick Koch. Koch states, "As former US Government Agents we offer our years of experience in the Public Sector to leverage our value to assist our Corporate Clients and Legal Counsel." Noukas and Associates also has offices in Houston and Moscow. Mr. Koch can be reached at kochdevelopment@aol.com.org

Launch of German Silicon Valley Accelerator
The German Silicon Valley Accelerator launches with the mission to accelerate the growth of German IT and Communication startups and to develop them into internationally recognized and successful ventures by providing an understanding of the Silicon Valley startup culture and access to U.S. market and financing opportunities.

German Business course for Beginners
The Saturday School of GISSV offers Business German at the beginner and intermediate level. We prepare students to pass the Prüfung Wirtschaftsdeutsch International (PWD) examination, a widely recognized exam that demonstrates proficiency in business German at an advanced level. We offer classes during the week, Saturdays and for companies. Contact: vlangbehn@gissv.org.

Kiepenskasper - Halloween Special
Saturday, October 29, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
GAIS Campus, 275 Elliot Drive, Menlo Park, CA

German American School of Palo Alto invites you to Kiepenkasper - Halloween Special , an afternoon for young and old packed with Halloween games and a puppet show. No reservation necessary. However, to help plan the event, please contact germanedu@aol.com with the subject line "Kiepenkasper" and indicate how many persons plan on attending.

IBIS Add-On Services for SAP Solution Manager 7.1: Optimize your RBPD with RBE Plus?
The 7.1 release of Solution Manager introduces a strategic cooperation between SAP AG and IBIS Prof. Thome AG to deliver an automated approach to Reverse Business Process Documentation (RBPD). Let us walk you through the first steps to leverage SAP Solution Manager to build the Business Blueprint structure to document the business scenarios, processes, master data and organizational structure supporting the business. Reserve your webinar seat now. Space is limited. Or join our presentation at Managing your SAP Projects 2011.

E&M Mayock welcomes new Sr. Associate
E&M Mayock, offering comprehensive visa solutions, proudly welcomes Sr. Associate Attorney Barbara Lutes (J.D., University of Colorado School of Law, 1994).  Active in the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Ms. Lutes is an expert on green cards via PERM labor certifications.  She replaces Mr. Sang Kim who will be greatly missed.

German-American International School Fall Info Evening
Join GAIS on Thursday, October 27 from 6:30 to 8:30pm and learn about the school's fall program. The evening will include a talk by Dr. Henriette W. Langdon, Professor of Education at San Jose State University who will speak on the topic of Bilingualism and Education. 

European Requirements for Medical Devices
Thursday-Friday, October 27-28
Hotel Valencia Santana Row, San Jose, CA

The aim of the Prosystem Seminars is to present European requirements related to clinical evaluation for CE-mark and corresponding clinical investigations. On the second symposium day the speakers will provide detailed reflection on experiences applying IEC 62304 for medical device software including an outlook on a future revision in the standard.

Job Board

Director R&D Engineering - MEMS/Pressure Sensors (Silicon Valley)
The Director of R&D will lead the pressure sensor product development of a world leading company in the design and manufacture of Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS).
Culture Selection

16th Berlin and Beyond
Thursday, October 20 - Wednesday, October 26
The Castro Theatre, Principal Venue, 429 Castro Street, San Francisco

Saturday, October 29
Camera 12 Cinemas, Encore Day, 201 South Second Street, San Jose
Now in its 16th year, Berlin & Beyond has featured more than 500 films from German-speaking countries in Europe and has become America's premier festival of new cinema. Presented by Goethe-Institut in San Francisco the festival provides the audience glimpse of present-day Germany. Look out for our special program announcements on Facebook.