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 2013
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GABA's Second Annual Gala and Award Dinner will be held on 1/31/2014 at the InterContinental Hotel in San Francisco. Just like this year's 10-year Anniversary Gala, we will again come together to celebrate our transcontinental connections and develop new ones while dining in elegant San Francisco style: business executives, entrepreneurs, friends, and movers and shakers from the German-American and international scene of the Bay area are invited to attend. And once again, we've selected an outstanding German-American business person to be our keynote speaker and to receive GABA's Award of Excellence. Early-bird tickets are on sale now!

Sincerely,
Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director

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GABA Events

The Challenge of International Expansion
Tuesday, Oct 01, 2013, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
WilmerHale, 950 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto

With globalization and the internet, a young company can begin selling its products in international markets very quickly. But there are a number of critical legal, organizational, financial, and operational issues that must be understood and dealt with in order to ensure that overseas expansion takes place smoothly and in a form that doesn't backfire later. Join our panel and discuss with our distinguished experts how small companies can take advantage of global opportunities. Don't miss out on this event!

GABA Stammtisch Alameda
Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Avenue, Alameda

Join us for GABA's monthly casual get-together in the East Bay and enjoy some of Speisekammer's delicious German dishes, beers and even the famous tart Applewine from the Frankfurt Area, while meeting old and new friends. Please register, so we can reserve a table for the right number of people, free to attend. We look forward seeing you there!

GABA Stammtisch San Francisco
Wednesday, Oct 09, 2013, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Triptych bar/restaurant/art gallery, 1155 Folsom Street, San Francisco

Please join us on the second Wednesday of every month for our San Francisco GABA Stammtisch and enjoy mingling and networking with friends or colleagues. Street parking is available. The Civic Center BART Station is 3 blocks away. It should be easy to spot us in the main room when you enter. No RSVP needed. Willkommen!

Connected Cities Creating New Business Opportunities
Thursday, Oct 10, 2013, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
SAP, 3410 Hillview Avenue Building 1, Palo Alto

Technology is transforming our communities. As mobile communications and sensors pervade our surroundings, vast new data streams will be generated about economic activity and environmental conditions. Cloud computing promises to allow us to make sense of these diverse data streams and enable nearly real-time analysis, command and control. In doing so, cloud computing will hopefully also enable "smarter" forms of infrastructure and connected vehicles that will lead to more efficient use of resources, lower operating cost for businesses, a cleaner environment, and a better quality of life. Come and join our panel of distinguished experts who will share their experience and insights of how connecting the digital and the real world can create new opportunities and efficiencies.

GABA Stammtisch South Bay
Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Esther's German Bakery and Café, 987 N San Antonio Rd, Los Altos

Come to mingle and network in the very casual environment of our traditional Stammtisch at Esther's German Bakery every month. In the winter you will find us indoors, in the summer in the Biergarten to the back of the restaurant - a little German flag will guide you. Apart from the dainty German dishes, Esther also serves great German beer on draft and invites the GABA Stammtisch guests to a free dessert with your meal. No RSVP needed. Willkommen!

Silicon Beach - Emerging Trends in L.A Start-ups and Venture Funding
Thursday, Oct 17, 2013, 3:45 PM - 8:30 PM
University of Southern California, Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT), 12015 Waterfront Drive, Playa Vista

Los Angeles has recently been ranked third among the world's top start-up ecosystems by Startup Genome. The area is also home to a growing number of venture capital firms, incubators and accelerators. The event starts with a USC's Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) Tour in Playa Vista to experience the latest 3D, virtual human and immersive technologies. After the tour come and join the discussion with a panel of entrepreneurs, investors and VCs to understand how companies are getting off the ground here, what kinds of technologies and start-ups are succeeding, why LA and not elsewhere, and how the L.A. start-up eco-system is being leveraged for success.Please note: The tour is limited to 40 participants, only members have a choice to include the USC Institute for Creative Technologies Tour.

GABA Stammtisch Sacramento
Thursday, Oct 17, 2013, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Suedwerk Riverside, 9900 Greenback Lane, Folsom

Please join us for GABA's new monthly casual get-together in Folsom. We have a regular group every third Thursday of the month at Suedwerk. They brew German style beers including a Munich style lager, Pilsner and Hefeweizen. Please RSVP to andrew.m.woodruff@gmail.com so we can reserve a table for the right number of people. We look forward seeing you there!

GABA Stammtisch Santa Cruz
Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz

Come to mingle and network every fourth Wednesday of the month in the very casual environment of our traditional GABA Stammtisch at the Crepe Place in Santa Cruz. You will find us in the cosy garden to the back of The Crepe Place in Santa Cruz. We look forward to meeting you there!

Pitching Session
Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
L'Atelier BNP Paribas, 2415 Third Street, Suite 231, San Francisco

In partnership with Bank of the West and Barclais, FACCSF and GABA co-organize this pitching workshop within the framework of the Business Booster Series! Join us to see start-up founders test their elevator pitch in front of a jury of VC's and mentors.

Clinical Evaluation & Investigation of Medical Devices in Europe
Friday, Oct 25, 2013, 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Garden Court Hotel, 520 Cowper Street, Palo Alto

Medical Devices Regulations (MDR) in Europe are currently under revision. The Medical Devices Directives shall be replaced by a new MDR in 2015. The EU Commission issued a new proposal in September 2012, which has been discussed for more than a year now on various levels. Among a variety of issues the topic of Clinical Evaluations and Clinical Investigations has been identified as an area of major concern, which needs significant improvement by the new regulation. This program will shed light on the proposed regulations and suggest strategies for dealing with the changing environment in Europe.

Munich Chapter monthly GABA Meeting
Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Marriott Hotel, Berlinerstr 93, North Schwabing Munich, Germany

Please join us for our monthly meetings of the GABA Munich Chapter with a special presentation and ample opportunities for business and technology networking. Also please be sure to register in the Events tool at www.agbc.de! Registrations are very important for planning purposes.

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

Partner Events

K&L Gates - Cybersecurity and Privacy: Managing Threats, Risks and Protection for Tech Companies
Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 8:00 - 11:00 am
University Club, 3277 Miranda Ave, Palo Alto, CA

Reports of high-profile cyber attacks make headlines almost every day, and the headlines confirm the reality: cyber attacks are on the rise with unprecedented frequency, sophistication, and scale. And they are pervasive across industries and geographical boundaries. Please join us for this informative program on Tuesday, October 22nd at the University Club in Palo Alto.

New and Renewing Members

Corporate:
German American International School
Jarsen & Associates
Smaato

Entrepreneurs:
German American School of Palo Alto (Saturday School)
Magtera, Inc.
Merk Investments LLC
MTRIX GmbH
PKornLaw

Individual Members:
Blake, Rachelle
Bruncks, Jorg
Doettling, Martin
Fankhauser, Daniela
Fastre, Alain
Hansen, Olof
DV Henkel-Wallace
Hoffmann, Daniel
Knierim, Kurt
Ristau, Barbara
Riter, Bruce
Schulz, Ulrich
Sciuchetti, Gian Carlo
Stocklein, Thomas
Weinzerl, Helfried

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

In 2013 we honored Andreas Bechtolsheim with the GABA Lifetime Achievement Award in Business and Gerhard Casper with the GABA Lifetime Achievement Award in Education/Research. This year we will will honor outstanding achievements in German American business with the GABA Award of Excellence. We are pround to announce the winner of the GABA Award of Excellence 2014: Sebastiann Thrun, the CEO of Udacity, a company with the mission to democratize higher education. Previously, he was a Google Fellow and the founder of Google X, and a Stanford professor of computer science and electrical engineering. He led the Stanford team that won the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge, and at Google he co-developed Google Streetview and the Google Self-Driving Car. In 2007, Thrun was elected into the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

For more information on how to become a GABA Member, visit our website to sign up online or contact info@gaba-network.org.
Interest Groups
IMG_8914 How Is Your Health Plan Changing in 2014?
Women are Chief Health Officers of their domestic families as well as their start-up families. And as Chief Health Officer, you'll need to have a firm grip on "Obamacare" and how developments on the Health Insurance Exchange (HIE) front will impact you in 2014. Our panel of distinguished experts highlighted what we need to know about health plans in 2014. In this panel discussion, experts and specialists in various aspects of international operations had discussed issues and insights based on their global experience. Check out the video.
GABA's Interest Groups (IG's) provide resources and networking opportunities specific to each interest group:

Automotive IG
Clean Tech IG
Entrepreneurs & Venture Capital IG
Human Resources IG
International IG
Life Sciences IG
Media & Entertainment IG
Semiconductor - IT IG
Software IG
Wireless/Mobile IG
Women in Business IG
Young Professionals IG

Member News

GAIS
The German-American International School in Menlo Park has still some open spots for the 2013-2014 School Year. GAIS is serving students from preschool through 8th grade. They offer 2, 3, and 5-day Preschool programs, applicants to the International Middle School can be English-only speakers as well. Please mark your calendars for their Open Classroom Day on November 11, 2013! Please visit their homepage www.gais.org or call 650-324-8617 for more information or schedule a private tour.

GASPA
On October 12th, GASPA is very happy to have Christine Kümmel and her "Theater aus dem Koefferchen" as a guest at our school where she will be performing her piece "Das habe ich nicht gewollt" for children ages 3-7. www.gaspa-ca.org.

Kenyon & Kenyon LLP
Kenyon & Kenyon LLP is pleased to announce the launch of the firm's CAFC Blog, a valuable resource for practitioners seeking to stay up-to-date on the most recent IP decisions from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. It is the third blog authored by Kenyon lawyers, complementing the firm's IPR Blog (Inter Partes Review) and NY Patent Law Blog

Media Finance Group
The Media Finance Group proundly announce the new and revised website. Please make sure to visit  www.mediafinancegroup.com and follow Media Finance Group on twitter @mfgbernd.

TÜViT
TUViT - the leading evaluation body for IT Security in Germany, accredited by BSI, the German Federal Office for Information Security, is now performing security evaluations of IT products and systems for US customers. For more information please contact Uwe Wagner at u.wagner@tuvit.de.

WordExpress Corporation
The WordExpress Corporation - Multilingual Solutions Worldwide offers 15% discount on all translation services for GABA members. For further information please follow the link.

Culture Selection

Mountain View Oktoberfest
Mountain View will celebrate Oktoberfest again! This year's Mountain View Oktoberfest is hosted by Stein's Beer Garden and takes place October 5th & 6th, 2013. Dust off your lederhosen and Dirndls and show support to the GISSV String Quartett, which will be performing at the event on Saturday, October 5th from 11:45am-12:45pm! For more information about the event visit "www.mvoktoberfest.com".

14th Annual Oktoberfest Santa Cruz
The Messiah Lutheran Church in Santa Cruz warmly invites members of GABA to attend the 14th Annual Oktoberfest Santa Cruz celebration on Sunday, October 13th from 11:30AM to 2:30 PM. This event is a celebration of German-Bavarian culture and features authentic, homemade German food, a wide variety of Munich beers and German regional wines, live polka band, "The Thirsty Nine" and lots of children's games and activities including huge jump house. Come for the event and stay for the weekend! Call the office regarding the "Oktoberfest Santa Cruz-Hotel Paradox Weekend Getaway Special".

German American Chamber of Commerce (GACC) Oktoberfest
This year the German American Chamber of Commerce (GACC) will bring Germany's most famous fest to the Bay Area. Join them on October 17, 2013 (5:00 - 10:00 PM) at Fort Mason Center, SF for an authentic evening of delicious German traditional food and Hofbräu beer provided by Speisekammer. Among others, the rockin' Oktoberfest band Bayern Maiden will create a lively festive atmosphere! TICKETS: $50 General Admission, $40 GACC Members, $70 At the Door.

7th Annual Festival of German Films co-presented by Goethe Institut Los Angeles and the American Cinematheque
Friday, Oct 04 - Monday, Oct 07, 2013
EGYPTIAN THEATRE 6712 Hollywood Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90028

American audiences have been treated to an amazing spectrum of German films over the years. The past decade has been no exception. Having won two Oscars® for Best Foreign Language Film and having been nominated six times in the last ten years is proof that German films are a force on the international film scene. The Goethe-Institute Los Angeles is delighted that German Currents: Festival of German Film will begin with an opening film and gala on the evening of Friday, October 4th, 2013. Continuing through Monday, October 7th, German Currents will present a varied selection of current German cinema; including features, documentaries, short films, as well as a family/youth film.
Screeners for select films are available for press coverage consideration. Filmmakers are available for phone interviews. Please contact Sasha Berman at Shotwell Media at SashaBerman@mac.com or 310-450-5571.
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