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January
 2015
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GABA would like to wish you all a very happy and successful new year 2015! We look forward to seeing many of you at the upcoming GABA Gala Awards Dinner on January 23rd at the City Club. Dinner tickets are sold out, but you can still join us for the reception.

This year, GABA is proud to once again support the 19th Berlin & Beyond Film Festival in San Francisco, America's largest celebration of new cinema from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and beyond! The festival will open with the US premiere of Uwe Janson's TO LIFE! starring the legendary Hannelore Elsner, who will be in attendance that night. Other guests include director Doris Dörrie, actor Ronald Zehrfeld and many others who will be presenting a large variety of films - from award winners to major box-office hits and noteworthy discoveries from the independent film scene. This year will bring new cinematic adventures to the East Bay and the Peninsula as well.
Tickets and passes for all the premieres and screenings at the 19th Berlin & Beyond Film Festival in San Francisco, Palo Alto and Berkeley are now on sale at www.berlinbeyond.org.

Sincerely,
Caroline Raynaud,
Executive Director
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GABA Events

GABA Stammtisch Alameda
Wednesday, Jan 07, 2015 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501

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, it's free to attend. For directions, call (510) 522-1300. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

SoCal Stammtisch
Thursday, Jan 08, 2015 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM Pacific
Culver Hotel, 9400 Culver Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232

Enjoy mingling and networking with friends or colleagues who are interested in fostering the Californian-German connection as we continue our monthly tradition at this exciting locale.

GABA Stammtisch San Francisco
Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Schmidt’s on 2400 Folsom Street (at 20th street)
San Francisco, CA 94103
Please join us on every second Wednesday of the month for our San Francisco GABA Stammtisch and enjoy mingling and networking with friends or colleagues. Please note that we will be at a new location starting January 2015! Street parking is available and MUNI bus stop is across the street. It should be easy to spot us in the main room when you enter. No RSVP needed. Willkommen!

GABA Stammtisch South Bay
Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Esther's German Bakery and Cafe, 987 N San Antonio Rd, Los Altos, CA 94022

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!

GABA Gala 2015
Friday, Jan 23, 2015 06:00 PM - 10:30 PM
City Club of San Francisco, 155 Sansome Street, 10th/11th Floor, San Francisco, CA

After the GABA gala events 2013 and 2014, it has already become a tradition: With the GABA Gala 2015, we have planned another exclusive and elegant evening. Our guests will experience a splendid dinner at the City Club San Francisco, live entertainment, and an award ceremony celebrating Prof. Dr. h.c. mult. Hasso Plattner, Founder of SAP and Chairman of the Supervisory Board, for his lifetime achievements. And for the first time ever GABA will honor 2 successful and innovative German American Startups. The winners of the GABA Startup and Innovation Award 2015 are Smaato and ParStream.

GABA Stammtisch Santa Cruz
Wednesday, Jan 28, 2015 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Come to mingle and network every fourth Wednesday of the month in the very casual environment of our traditional GABA Stammtisch at GABA Santa Cruz Stammtisch! Please come and join us at the Crepe Place in Santa Cruz! We are looking forward to meeting you there!

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

The Brenner Group: Demystifying Valuations for Venture Backed Companies (Webinar)
Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Brenner Group is hosting a free webinar "Demystifying Valuations for Venture-Backed Companies" on January 21, 2015. Companies that grant stock options need to comply with Internal Revenue Code 409a; this seminar discusses appropriate valuation methodologies, it qualifies for California MCLE. RSVP to Alex Florea at aflorea@thebrennergroup.com!

Kenzai Society: 25th Anniversary Shinnenkai Reception
Friday, Jan 30, 2015, 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM Reception, 6:45 PM - 10:00 PM Program
Palo Alto Hills Golf and Country Club 3000 Alexis Drive, Palo Alto, CA 94304

The Consul General of Japan, Mr. Masato Watanabe, is expected to lead the traditional Kagamiwari (sake barrel "breaking") ceremony. Please join the Keizai Society as it presents programs throughout 2015 designed not only to help us keep our finger on the pulse of events but to contribute to those events as well. Start off 2015 by strengthening your existing business relationships and forging new ones. Bring lots of business cards to exchange, including one to enter the drawing for the exciting door prizes. Due to the anticipated number of attendees, early registration online (www.keizai.org) is highly recommended. No guarantee that there will be room for walk-ins.

New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate:
Euro VAT Refund, Inc.
VW - ERL

Corporate:
German International School of Silicon Valley
Hamburg at Work

Entrepreneurs:
WDE International Inc.

Individual Members:
Anderson, Monique
Bank, Matthias
Biczek, Robert
de Hemptinne, Baudouin
Decker, Simon
Dolatschko, Dagmar
Dorstel, Karina
Friday, Devan
Gonser, Kelly
Hauenstein, Andreas
Heilmann, Achim
Hellwig, Becky
Kayser, Frank
Kelly, Michael
Kirchner, Christoph
Krueger, Christopher
Motamedi, Amir
Naumann-Etienne, Ruediger
Pedrazzini, Les
Proboll, Astrid
Santos, Dorit
Steinebrunner, Bernd
Tyree, Virginia
Westerwelle, Kai
Michael Wolff

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

The GABA San Francisco Stammtisch has a new location! Starting in January, we will now meet every second Wednesday of the month at Schmidt’s on 2400 Folsom Street (at 20th street) in San Francisco. We look forward to seeing newcomers and regulars at our first SF Stammtisch in 2015 on January 14th.

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 Financial Outlook 2015

At this sold-out event, our panel of successful international venture investors discussed plans and predictions for 2015. Topics included: the power of mobile is now in full force - know everything /everywhere/ always; opportunities of the industrial Internet of Things abound; Silicon Valley seems to be a special place protected from the ups and downs the rest of the country; the Series A crunch and what to do about it; tips for startups – no need to be the biggest startup to be profitably acquired; the large US market and the excellent connections that can be made here will attract more German companies to relocate here. video online!
GABA's Interest Groups (IG's) provide resources and networking opportunities specific to each interest group:

Automotive IG
Clean Technology IG
Entrepreneurs & Venture Capital IG
Human Resources IG
Innovation IG
International IG
Life Sciences / Healthcare IG
Media & Entertainment IG
Software IG
Wireless / Mobile IG
Women in Business
Young Professionals IG
 
Culture Selection

The Other Worlds of Werner Herzog
Opening reception: Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015, 06:30 PM
Exhibition: Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 - Friday, Feb 13, 2015
Goethe-Institut San Francisco, ART-Lounge, 530 Bush Street, San Francisco, Free admission


The Goethe-Institut San Francisco hosts a special multimedia exhibition, which originally exhibited in honor of Werner Herzog's 70th birthday in 2012 at the Centre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu (CoCA Torun) in Torun, Poland. 
 
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