Archive for June, 2006

Web Monday Dresden and Silicon Valley, June 12

Thursday, June 8th, 2006

Two more locations joining the crowd this Monday: Dresden and Silicon Valley.

Dresden, Silicon Valley — ah, the possibilities…

The wiki is open and you can still sign up if you want to attend.


Thursday, June 8th, 2006

A year ago, I finally got around to start blogging. It’s been a rewarding experience. Interestingly enough, most of my postings this past year have been on Germany (at least according to my own folksonomy). Seems like I’m still somewhat attached. So it’s only natural for me to start a new blog, focusing entirely on this particular country: Startupgermany (in German)

Startupgermany will focus on the future made in Germany as well as the web-based tools we can use to harness citizen wisdom.

I believe there is great potential in the internet as a way to leverage citizen input that has yet to be fully discovered. I’m also an optimist and believe that the problems we’re facing can actually be solved. At least I haven’t been convinced otherwise.

So watch out for some knowledge-sharing, problem-solving, consensus-building stuff over there.

Grassroots terrorism

Wednesday, June 7th, 2006

What’s up with Canada these days?

The Proposition

Tuesday, June 6th, 2006

Why the violence? Can’t we all just get along? Well, I guess in 1880 Australia that’s not really an option. Anyway, The Proposition gets good reviews.

Inside Man

Tuesday, June 6th, 2006

Enjoyable bank robbery: Inside Man

It’s Primary time in California

Tuesday, June 6th, 2006

Attention citzens, voting day today! Some Elections & Voter Information here. As for the two Democratic contenders in the race for governor (Steve Westly and Phil Angelides), it will be interesting to watch whose negative campaign ads stuck the most.

Resources for Germans moving to the San Francisco Bay Area

Sunday, June 4th, 2006

I get asked a lot from people who think about moving here. I tell them there is quite a large and active German community in the San Francisco Bay Area. My guess is that whatever question you have, someone must have already figured it out. So here is a list of resources I usually mention:

  • San Francisco Stammtisch — They meet once a month and have about 1,000 people on their mailing list. Check the archives and find answers to the most common questions for newbies (moving, job search, health insurance, driver’s licence, bank account etc.)
  • German American Business Association of California (GABA) — GABA is a member-driven non-profit organization that fosters transatlantic knowledge-sharing and networking among German-American and Californian business and tech communities. They do one or two networking events every month, which address critical business, technical and leadership issues, with specific industry programs focused on life science, semiconductors, venture capital, and legal corporate governance, among others.
  • GABA-Stammtisch — This discussion group is over 7 year old and has 700+ members. It deals with all sorts of business issues that are relevant to the German community in Silicon Valley. Members discuss issues ranging from visa, employement to where one can get real German bread in Silicon Valley.
  • Craigslist — Local listings for everything from jobs, cars and apartments to language courses, restaurants and nannies.
  • Software Development Forum (SDForum) — If you’re in IT, SDForum is a great place to get involved. Their programs cover a broad range of topics and are usually of superb quality.
  • More job search tools: LinkedIn, Simply Hired, Craigslist, KITlist, KITlist Tech, Yahoo! Hotjobs, Dice

From my personal experience, the German expatriates who live here have generally been very helpful, willing to share their information and their professional networks.

An Inconvenient Truth

Friday, June 2nd, 2006

If you only plan on seeing one movie this year, make it this one: An Inconvenient Truth

Humanity is sitting on a ticking time bomb. If the vast majority of the world’s scientists are right, we have just ten years to avert a major catastrophe that could send our entire planet into a tail-spin of epic destruction involving extreme weather, floods, droughts, epidemics and killer heat waves beyond anything we have ever experienced.

With wit, smarts and hope, AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH ultimately brings home Gore’s persuasive argument that we can no longer afford to view global warming as a political issue - rather, it is the biggest moral challenges facing our global civilization.

Paramount Classics and Participant Productions present a film directed by Davis Guggenheim,
AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH. Featuring Al Gore, the film is produced by Laurie David, Lawrence Bender and Scott Z. Burns. Jeff Skoll and Davis Guggenheim are the executive producers and the co-producer is Leslie Chilcott.

The movie manages to present some very convincing and eye-opening slides on the science of global warming and makes plenty suggestions as to how we can take action.