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Happy 10th Anniversary, GABA! Our gala celebration kicked off the new year in high style. Over 200 guests joined at GABA's elegant 10-year anniversary gala at the City Club in San Francisco. Our special guests, Andreas Bechtolsheim and Gerhard Casper, internationally known German American business and education leaders, were presented the GABA Lifetime Achievement awards for their outstanding contributions in their respective fields. Take a look at the pictures of the evening.

Don't miss our exciting program in February. In Southern California JPL will present Advanced Automotive Battery on February 5th in Pasadena. Meet successful  Women Social Entrepreneurs  at Kiva in San Francisco on February 12th and share insights of the German and US Approach to Cyber-Securityon February 25th.

Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director

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GABA Events

JPL Presents at GABA - Advanced Automotive Battery Conference
Tuesday, Feb 05. 2013 07:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Pacific Asia Museum 46 North Robles Avenue, Pasadena

This event highlights some of the most stringent battery requirements in the industry as well as the devices that wow all of us. Dr. Kumar Bugga of JPL will show battery powered devices and talk about what NASA looks for in batteries that go to space. Join us for this exclusive opportunity to network with top executives, industry experts, OEMs, international suppliers and partners from around the globe in town for the conference.

GABA Stammtisch Alameda
Wednesday, Feb 06. 2013 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Speisekammer 2424 Lincoln Avenue, Alameda

Please 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!

GABA Stammtisch SoCal
Thursday, Feb 07. 2013 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
"On Rodeo Bistro" Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel 360 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills

We are pleased to invite you to GABA's monthly Stammtisch. This month we are planning to gather at the elegant "On Rodeo Bistro" at the Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel, located on world-famous Rodeo Drive in the heart of Beverly Hills. A special section of the "On Rodeo Bistro" is reserved exclusively for GABA this evening. Enjoy mingling and networking with friends or colleagues by a drink. We look forward to seeing you there!

Making Change, Making Meaning: Women Social Entrepreneurs
Tuesday, Feb 12. 2013 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM;
Kiva 875 Howard Street, Suite 340, San Francisco

Join the conversation with successful social entrepreneurs and their support networks about their journey of establishing a social enterprise. Learn what resources are available in the Bay Area and online, and how you can get involved. Everyone is welcome.

GABA Stammtisch San Francisco
Wednesday, Feb 13. 2013 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Triptych bar/restaurant/art gallery 1155 Folsom Street, San Francisco

Please join us on every second Wednesday of the month for our San Francisco GABA Stammtisch. 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!

My Success. Our Visions.
Wednesday, Feb 20. 2013 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Carroll, Burdick & McDonough Offices, 44 Montgomery St., San Francisco

Join us for a very inspiring networking event and enjoy innovative insights. Get inspired and meet a thought leader who shares his/her personal Silicon Valley success story. Get to know exciting new companies and technologies ?Made in Germany?. Establish and strengthen your cross-Atlantic links to startups, corporates, academia and policy makers. Mingle and foster relationships with the Silicon Valley based German-American startup community.

GABA Stammtisch South Bay
Wednesday, Feb 20. 2013 07:00 PM - 09:30 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. 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. Welcome!

Cyber-Security - The German and US Approach to a Common Challenge
Monday, Feb 25. 2013 11:30 AM - 02:00 PM
Symantec Executive Briefing Center 350 Ellis Street, Mountain View

GABA, the German American Business Association in collaboration with TeleTrusT, the IT Security Association Germany, invites you to a panel with cyber security leaders from both Germany and the United States, to discuss the German and the US approach to this challenge and opportunities for transatlantic cooperation in this field.

Munich Chapter monthly GABA Meeting
Wednesday, Feb 27. 2013 06:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Marriott hotel Berlinerstr 93, North Schwabing Munich, Other

Please join us monthly for a great evening with a special presentation and ample opportunities for business and technology networking.

Bootcamp Series: Pitching session
Tuesday, Feb 28. 2013 06:30 - 09:00 PM
Hotel Sofitel 223 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City

Join us for the next installment in our Bootcamp series! It's all about pitching; come get some insight into how it works. Coaches on hand to help presenting startup entrepreneurs. We keep it interactive so that everybody can learn.

Visit GABA's online event calendar for more information and to register!
Co-Sponsored Events

BAIA: Europe and the US: The Next Four Years
Tuesday, Feb 5. 2013 from 06:15 PM - 08:30 PM
275 Battery Street, 25th floor San Francisco

Learn from a panel of Consuls General about the economies in their respective countries and the challenges facing Europe and the transatlantic partnership. Follow this link to register for the event. Enter and apply the discount code: eurofriends10 and complete the discounted General Admission registration of $25.

FCCSF: 2013: Economic & Business Trends in California
Tuesday Feb 5. 2013, 08:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Orange Labs, 60 Spear Street, suite 1100 San Francisco, CA 94105

An Economic conference in partnership with Bank of the West is organized from the FACCSF with following topics: What does the global economic situation in the US look like in 2013? What is new in the transatlantic relations? What economic issues and challenges is California facing in 2013? What trends and impacts will these challenges have on business? What are the new trends in corporate funding in 2013?

Strategies in Light (Multi-day)
Tuesday, Feb 12. 2013 09:00 AM - Thursday, Feb 14. 2013 05:00 PM
Santa Clara Convention Center, 1850 Warburton Avenue, Santa Clara

Strategies in Light 2013 is the world's largest educational and networking platform for the LED and lighting industry. The world's largest and longest-running conference and exhibition covering the LEDS and Solid-State Lighting sectors, Strategies in Light's 14-year tradition of educational excellence provides an unprecedented platform for information exchange, networking and new business development. Fore more information please visit the conference website.

JHTC: Israeli Moon Mission
Wednesday, Feb 13. 2013, 06:30 PM - 09 PM
Fenwick & West, 801 California St, Mt. View, CA

Meet the team who will land the first Israeli spacecraft on the moon! Answering the call of the Google Lunar X Prize, a group of outstanding young Israelis - engineers and space experts - have come together to leverage Israel's experience and knowledge in the field of miniaturized satellites to develop, launch and land the first ever micro-spaceship on the moon. Don't miss this unique opportunity and register today.

BABC: Funding, Exits and IPOs: Silicon Valley's Best Make their Predictions and Bets for 2013
Wednesday, Feb 27. 2013, 05:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Quadrus Conference Center, 2400 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park 

Global growth forecasts are being cut, the Eurozone continues to cause huge concern, and another battle over the US debt limit is looming... All in all, it looks like 2013 is set to be another year of uncertainty - yet VCs continue to raise funds and invest in start-ups around the world. What can they see that we can?t? Or are they just following the tried and tested approach of spreading their investments in the hope of hitting a few home runs? BABC has pulled together some of the leading venture capitalists from Silicon Valley to seek their views and predictions for the rest of the year.

New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate:
Gordon Biersch Brewing Company

Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, Inc.

Ada's Cafe
Meridian Finance Group
Peritus Precision Translation, Inc.
Royse Law Firm, PC
Susanne Bohl - Realtor for Silicon Valley & Bay Area

Individual Members:
Beymer-Sandhu, Diane
Biczek, Robert
Boehm, Michael
Essl, Brigitte
Geier, Joerg
Groschupf, Stefan
Grose, Tracey
Hackmann, Sven
Heiss, Christoph
Jimeno, Marta
Katzenbach, Anita
Kohl, Ulrich
Kopitzki, Simone
Lorentzen, Christian
Mandell, Clemens
Metzger, Michael
Mottek, Frank
Prescher, Martin
Rauch, Lothar
Ruehl, Thorsten
Schar, Juergen
Schulz, Alexander
Segurado, Oscar
Steinebrunner, Bernd
Swoboda, Frank
Tegtmeier-Last, Sandra
Wolff, Michael

For more information on how to become a GABA Member, contact [email protected], or visit our website to sign up online.

Inside GABA
Stefanie Bastian has been appointed to the GABA board of directors, where she will be the liaison between GABA and the cultural institutions in the Bay Area.
Serving GABA for four and a half years, first as event manager, then as program and marketing director, Stefanie helped shape the face of GABA to becoming the successful and welcoming networking platform it is today. In the fall, she decided it was time to move on and dedicate time to new ventures. The free evenings, that used to be filled with GABA events, she now passes at Stanford in order to strengthen her entrepreneurial skills. These classes have inspired her to start her new project, the 'CaliBer Hub', which aims at exchanging ideas between California and Berlin. We wish her the best of luck and welcome her 'back' to the GABA family.

For more information on how to become a GABA Member, visit our website to sign up online or contact [email protected]
Interest Groups

The 10th anniversary GABA gala
was a highlight of the past 10 years. 200 guests came together to celebrate GABA's 10th anniversary. We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the honorees Gerhard Casper and Andreas Bechtolsheim, whose grace and humility in accepting the GABA Lifetime Achievement Awards greatly contributed to the success of evening. Furthermore, we are grateful to our sponsors WilmerHale, Mindjet, Hessen Trade & Invest, Invest in Bavaria, SAP, ExpectUs, FrankfurtRheinMain, Deutsche Telekom, K&L Gates, Rowbotham, BMW and GSVA. Without their support we wouldn't have been able to put together such a memorable evening. Last but not least, we would like to give our thanks to the GABA community who brought amazing energy to the event and made it a very special night.
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

Euro VAT Refund, Inc.
Are you leaving Value Added TAX (VAT) money behind in Germany? The deadline for claiming back last years business related VAT incurred on events, hotels, transportation, and other costs in Germany and other EU countries is fast approaching. Please contact Euro VAT Refund, Inc. before March 1 if you are interested in proceeding with a VAT refund.

German-American School of Palo Alto (GASPA)
Full-immersion German Saturday classes are in full swing again after the holidays at the German-American School of Palo Alto (GASPA). We are also very excited to announce the launch of our new website, come and check it out. We are all ready to go for summer camp in June.

German International School of Silicon Valley
GISSV wishes the 2013 graduates the best of luck for the upcoming Abitur exams, starting at the end of January. The German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV) together with the German Kultusministerkonferenz (KMK) established the German International Abitur (DIAP) in 2009. GISSV is proud to be the only school on the West Coast to offer this exam which opens doors to renowned universities worldwide. 

Osborne Clarke - IT and Media law firm of the year
Osborne Clarke was named IT Law Firm of the Year and Media Law Firm of the Year by Germany's most influential legal publication JUVE at their 2012 awards event in Frankfurt. Complementing the growth of their Cologne and Munich offices Osborne Clarke recently opened its 3rd German office in Hamburg.

TeleTrusT - IT Security Association Germany
Tiburon Consulting has been appointed by TeleTrusT - IT Security Association Germany, to become their Regional Contact Silicon Valley. The first panel TeleTrusT is planning in partnership with GABA will be held on February 25 at Symantec: Cyber-Security - The German and US Approach to a Common Challenge?

Job Opening

Bavarian U.S. Offices for Economic Development, LLC West Coast Division
The Bavarian U.S. Offices for Economic Development, LLC are looking for talented and highly motivated individuals for a 6, 12 or 18 months internship at their San Francisco office. A detailed job profile can be downloaded from the website.

YesPartners' client is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of microcontrollers, capacitive touch solutions, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory and radio frequency (RF) components for the industrial, consumer, communications, computing and automotive markets. They are looking for a Senior Director, R&D - Automotive Business Unit (Germany), who is heading all global R&D activities for the Automotive Business Unit (BU). For detailed information, please visit our job market.

Culture Selection

SF Silent Film Festivalpresents at the one-day event Silent Winter: FAUST
Saturday, Feb 16. 2013, 09:00 PM
Castro Theatre, San Francisco

F.W. Murnau's Faust is the most expressive telling of the old European legend, immortalized by Goethe, of the learned man who sells his soul to the devil. Magnificent in its surreal depictions of heaven and hell and a nightmarishly otherworldly world. Faust is masterpiece of German Expressionism, as boldly distinctive as Murnau's other horror masterpiece, Nosferatu. When Emil Jannings's wily Mephisto shows up to tempt Faust (Gösta Ekmann), a man of books and learning, with the ability to cure the plague and a 24-hour return to his youthful body, it seems God may have lost his wager with the devil over pious Faust's immortal soul. Or has he? Murnau's use of chiaroscuro effect beautifully contrasts light and dark, life and death; and evil is chillingly limned by Jannings's brilliantly nuanced, subtly comic performance. (Director F.W. Murnau, Germany, 1926, approx. 116 minutes)
For further information contact:

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