November 2011
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Between Halloween and Thanksgiving we have several great networking events coming up for you: Be inspired by successful business women on how to get your business off the ground (November 10, 2011, Los Angeles) or learn about creative ways to fund it (Tonight, November 1, 2011, Redwood City). Gain valuable insights into the growing Mobile Internet market from high-profile speakers from some of the most prominent companies. (Nov 9, San Francisco). Engage in a panel discussion with distinguished experts from SAP, Bromium, Citrix and Exadel about the business value and commercial strategy of Open Source (November 17, Santa Clara).

Caroline Raynaud
Executive Director

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GABA Events

Women in Business - The Love-Hate Relationship of Financing Your Business
Tuesday, Nov 01, 2011, 6:00 PM - 9:00 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.  

Bay Area Stammtisch East Bay
Wednesday, Nov 02, 2011, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
2424 Lincoln Avenue, Alameda, CA
Join us for GABA's monthly casual get-together in the East Bay. Free to attend.

Mobile Internet Strategy Series 2011
Wednesday, Nov 9, 2011, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, 50 Fremont Street, San Francisco, CA
Growth in Mobile Internet is continuing at light speed. Numerous successful companies are pushing for a leading position in the market. Our panel experts Kelton Lynn, responsible for Mobile Business Development of Twitter, Andreas Lieber, Director Strategic Partnership of Goupon, Ken Singer, CEO/President of AppCentral, and Brian Mullen, Sr. Director Business Development at Twilio, will discuss where the mass-adopted mobile internet is headed in the coming years. The discussion will be moderated by Daniel Kellmereit, CEO, Detecon, Inc., Deutsche Telekom Group

GABA Stammtisch San Francisco
Wednesday, Nov 9, 2011, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Triptych bar/restaurant/art gallery, 1155 Folsom Street , San Francisco, CA
Please join us every second Wednesday of the month for our San Francisco GABA Stammtisch. Street parking is available and the Civic Center BART Station is only 3 blocks away. 

GABA Stammtisch Los Angeles
Wednesday, Nov 9, 2011, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Bodega, 814 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA
Join us for GABA's monthly casual get-together in the Los Angeles area and broaden your network.

Women in Business: I have a great business idea - How do I turn it into a successful enterprise?
Thursday, Nov 10, 2011, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Offices of Deutsche Bank - Private Banking, 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA
GABA Southern California's Women in Business (WIB) Industry Group is delighted to invite you to an exclusive evening of superb networking and a panel discussion with powerful women business professionals. Register early as space is limited. Take advantage of this opportunity to meet and add such accomplished business women to your network of business professionals.

Bay Area Stammtisch Palo Alto/ Mountain View/ Los Altos
Wednesday, Nov 16, 2011, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Esther's German Bakery and Cafe, 987 N San Antonio Rd, Los Altos

Come to mingle and network in the casual environment of our traditional Stammtisch. Apart from the dainty German dishes, Esther also serves great German beer on draft and invites the Stammtisch to a free dessert with every meal. This time of year we will most likely be indoors - look for the little German flag!

The Role of Open Source in Commercial Software
Thursday, Nov 17, 2011, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Citrix Systems Silicon Valley Headquarters, 4988 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA
Without the existence of open source operating systems (e.g. Linux), virtual machine environments (e.g. Xen), data base platforms (e.g. MySQL), programming languages and frameworks, significant parts of industry probably would not have recovered from the burst of the bubble 10 years ago, much less flourished as it has. Our panel's distinguished experts will share their insights and perspectives on the mix of technology, culture, licensing and commercial strategy regarding Open Source Software. We will discuss changes that are likely to appear in the industry, how the formula for commercial success in Open Source will change, and possible opportunities for newly established companies based on commercialized Open Source technology.

2012 Global Projections
Thursday, Dec 1, 2011, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wilmer Hale, 950 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA
Economists around the world are alert to an imminent double-dip recession. Still, venture capital investment in the U.S. in Q2 increased. At the same time, over nine percent of Americans are unemployed. Entrepreneurs are facing a new set of challenges. What should business leaders expect in 2012? The 2012 Global Projections event will provide an international business & economic outlook for the US., EU and emerging markets.

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

Co-Sponsored Events

Doing Business in Europe. Bavaria - Your Key to Success
Tuesday, Nov 01, 2011,  5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Stanford University Faculty Club - Red Lounge, 439 Lagunita Drive, Stanford, CA
Speakers from Bavarian U.S. Offices, Robert Bosch, Häckl und Partner, German Silicon Valley Accelerator Inc. will discuss topics such as tax and legal aspects of doing business in Germany, mobile security, enabling technologies, Bavaria as a business location and many more. Contact Samantha at slubbering@bridgellp.com to register and click here to make a payment.

Jewish High Tech Community: Mobile Social Gaming - The Next Big Thing!
Tuesday, Nov 8, 2011, 6:30 PM
Fenwick & West, 801 California Street, Mountain View, CA

The "Next Big Thing" is here and it is Mobile Social Gaming. This is currently one of the hottest areas for VC investment.  In less than 3 years, companies in this segment have grown to valuations of over $5 billion. What are the key factors driving this rapid growth?  What are the trends to watch?  And what can we learn from early adoption in other markets? At tonight's event, Ron Czerny, Founder and CEO of PlayPhone, a key player in the industry, will discuss the market and ecosystem of social gaming for mobile devices.  He will share success stories from other more advanced markets like Japan, and discuss the potential in North America and elsewhere. For more information and RSVP click here.

The Startup Conference Los Angeles 2011
Tuesday, Nov 15, 2011, 9:00 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 LA investors Mark Suster and Paige Craig TechCrunch Disrupt Finalists Rebecca Woodcock and Aviv Grill, gamification expert Gabe Zichermann and many more. Join us for an epic 1-day event! Use discount code "gaba" to get a 20% discount!

Keiretsu Forum 2011 ANGEL CAPITAL
Thursday, Nov 17, 2011, 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Julia Morgan Ballroom, 465 California Street, San Francisco, CA

The Angel Capital Expo is the premier gathering of the angel capital community. The Expo brings together investors and entrepreneurs looking for funding. Angel Capital Expo is organized by Keiretsu Forum, the largest North American angel investment network, and was created to foster collaboration among angel groups, as well as reach out to the larger investment community. The event features ten presenters from early stage companies. Companies selected are from a variety of different industries ranging from technology, life sciences, consumer products, real estate, financial services, social ventures and other segments with high growth potential.

La Soirée: 30th anniversary
Friday, Nov 18, 2011, 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Metreon City View, 101, 4th Street, San Francisco, CA
Let's celebrate the 30th annual French party in San Francisco and all aspects of the French community (business, culture, history) throughout the Bay Area! A fine tasting of French products. Come enjoy a great range of wines, champagnes and gourmet food. This annual rendez-vous organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce(FACC) gathers all the amateurs of French culture and celebrates the French Art de Vivre!
New and Renewing Members

German International School of Silicon Valley
Patina Restaurant Group (new)
Wappwolf Inc. (new)

Basic Corporate:
Aspelin & Bridgman, L.L.P. (new)
MTRIX GmbH (new)
tempero.it consulting GmbH & Co. KG (new)

Individual Members:
Thomas Beer (new)
Bettina Jetter
Ursula Joshua
Peter Kadison (new)
Christopher Krueger
Cecily O'Regan
Harry Peterson (new)
Astrid Proboll
Francis Rolland
Chloe Soroquere (new)
Matthias Steiert
Dora Szalontai (new)
Jan Volzke
Jena Wuu (new)

Student Members:
Praveenjothi Paranjothi (new)
Tammy Sanders (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

New Volunteer Supports GABA team
We welcome Katja Wolff, our latest volunteer, to our team. Katja and her husband moved to the Bay Area in early September and she will from now on support us with our monthly newsletter. Before coming to the U.S. Katja worked as editor-in-chief of a bimonthly human rights magazine reporting on ethnic, religious and lingual minorities.

If you are also interested in volunteering for us, just send us an email.
Interest Groups

Setting up a Business in Germany - made easy!
Easy Access to Europe: Journey to Germany as an Example
Our GABA seminar "Easy Access to Europe: Journey to Germany as an Example" offered valuable insights into opening up a business overseas. The speakers covered topics such as tax challenges and the German legal framework as well as international cash managment. Furthermore, Bavaria was introduced with facts and background information as a specific business location. The experience report by Tom Sawyer Software made this a well-rounded event.
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

Wappwolf Inc. to Launch its Platform
Wappwolf Inc. is a cloud-computing software startup providing an app-store to automate file handling. By connecting web-based micro-apps from different developers multiple files of any type can be processed and modified at once. The company flipped its HQ from Vienna to San Francisco and will launch its platform in November of 2011.

"Weihnachtsmann" visits German International School of Silicon Valley
Save the date! GISSV - 6th Annual Holiday Market, December 3, 2011 from 3pm to 7pm. Come do your holiday shopping in a festive atmosphere! Children activities and performances! The "Weihnachtsmann" will visit! Great networking opportunity with parents of the German International School of Silicon Valley in Mountain View. It's the perfect holiday treat!
GISSV Mountain View Campus: 310 Easy Street, Mountain View, CA 94043, phone (650) 254 0748.

7.1 Solution Manager introdues strategic cooperation between SAP and IBIS
The 7.1 release of Solution Manager introduces a strategic cooperation between SAP and IBIS Prof. Thome AG (IBIS) to deliver an automated approach to Reverse Business Process Documentation (RBPD). Download the  White Paper or join the presentation at Managing your SAP Projects 2011. Take 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.

GAIS - Open Classroom on Friday, November 11, 2011
Tour the German-American International School (GAIS) in Menlo Park on Friday, November 11, 2011, and get an authentic classroom experience of our teaching philosophy. The GAIS program develops the imaginitive mind, fosters creative, experimental learning and encourages hands-on discovery in a nurturing environment. Preschool: 8:30 AM- 11:30 AM; Elementary & Middle School: 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM. German-American International School, 275 Elliott Drive, Menlo Park, CA 94025. RSVP: www.gais.org

Engel & Völkers expands in America
Founded in Hamburg, Germany more than thirty years ago, Engel & Völkers is an established leader in the European luxury real estate market and one of the most prominent names in global luxury real estate. EV offers the finest collection of luxury real estate around the world. After just having signed a new license partner in the Los Angeles area, EV is now operating in about 50 offices in the US.

Edge Tech Law LLP Enables German Biopharma to Partner with Top Chinese Pharma
Excess liquidity has been a pressing issue in China over the last year.Edge Tech Law (ETL) has responded by assisting an increasing number of Chinese companies looking to acquire quality assets from the US, Europe, and Japan. Acquisitions are on the rise for a number of industries including telecom, energy, IT, and media. In life sciences, this trend mostly reflected in an enhanced appetite for innovative clinical assets from outside China. The Palo Alto-based boutique law and advisory firm ETL is currently representing biopharma in negotiations with top Chinese pharma companies for an oncology deal.

Entry Seminar: Preparing for a Successful U.S. Market Entry
Tuesday, Nov 29, 2011, 7:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Computer History Museum, 1401 N Shoreline Boulevard, Mountain View, CA
Join Next Step and K&L Gates to learn best practices in market assessment and launch, initial sales development, selection of partners, legal requirements, Series A and other financing alternatives at the Entry Seminar: Preparing for a Successful U.S. Market Entry. Real case studies will illustrate both successful and failed approaches. Attendees will leave with practical techniques for an international company to successfully develop U.S. business.

Job Board

2 Teaching Positions at German International School of Silicon Valley (Mountain View)
For its location in Mountain View the German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV) is looking for a committed:
- Teacher for the recreational Afterschool Program in Middle School (15h/week)
starting in February 2012, and a
- Music Teacher for our Middle and High School Program (part-time) starting August 2012.

Director R&D Computing/MIS/Hightech SW HW (Milpitas)
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).

Executive Assistant - Merk Mutual Funds (Mountain View)
The Executive Assistant will be a key member of the Merk team, providing critical executive support to the president of the company and managing his demanding meeting and media schedule.

Help in German Bakery wanted
Esther's Bakery is looking for a new team member to help on weekends. You have to be a people person, sympathetic, fast learner and stress resistent. German would be a plus. Your responsibility will include selling baked goods, taking orders, making coffee drinks, cleaning tables and provide great customer service. Compensation by the hour plus tips. Please contact jobs@esthersbakery.com for more information.

Culture Selection

German Indie Rock Band "Madsen" Live in San Francisco
Thursday, Nov 10, 2011, and Friday, Nov 11, 2011
San Francisco

Madsen, Germany's most popular indie rock band, tours the United States - and all current and future Madsen fans can experience them live in San Francisco. The four-member band landed several Top Ten hits in the German charts in 2010. And on November 10, Madsen will perform at San Francisco City College at 12:00 noon. The performance is outdoors in the amphitheater of the Wellness Center. Admission is free. On November 11, 8:00 pm, Madsen will give a live-stream concert at Light Rail Sound Recording Studios in San Francisco - free tickets are limited! For  more information and to reserve a ticket contact: madsen@sanfrancisco.goethe.org
For further information contact:

German American Business Association
Phone: +1 (650) 386-5015, Fax : +1 (415) 276-2375
http://www.gaba-network.org, Email: membership@gaba-network.org