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Spring is in full force and so is GABA with a great May program! On May 2nd GABA SoCal is proud to invite you to attend the 2013 World Trade Week Kick-Off Breakfast  in L.A., while GABA NorCal celebrates Europe Day with their  European Networking in Palo Alto. On May 7th, our experts will discuss the  potential of Bioenergy in California and Europe  in San Francisco. Engage in a panel discussion about what is needed to succeed with automotive apps on May 23th in Palo Alto. Last but not least, please join us on our next  Big Data session on May 29th.

Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director

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GABA Events

GABA Stammtisch Alameda
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 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 Franfurt 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. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

SoCal GABA 2013 World Trade Week Kick-Off Breakfast
Thursday, May 02, 2013 07:15 AM - 10:30 AM
JW Marriott at L.A. Live 900 West Olympic Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90015

GABA supports the LA Area Chamber through an Associate Membership, enabling GABA's members access to the Chamber's events and services through a steeply discounted membership. Contact us for details at [email protected]. Come and join the 2013 World Trade Week Kick-Off Breakfast together with the Consul General of Germany, Dr. Bernd Fischer and representatives of German industry and trade at the GABA VIP tables. Mingle with more than 500 executives and members of the Los Angeles diplomatic corps from around the globe during networking amidst a parade of country and industry exhibits.

European Networking
Thursday, May 02, 2013 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Cooley Godward Kronish LLP 3175 Hanover St Palo Alto, CA

In celebration of Europe Day, GABA, the French American Chamber of Commerce (FACCSF) and the British American Business Council (BABC) in cooperation with many other European associations, invite you to join us for another stimulating European mixer. Due to the popularity of the event (we often attract more than 150 international business professionals), attendance is reserved for members and one additional guest (non-member) guest. This is a great opportunity to become a member! Don't miss this chance to mingle with business professionals from diverse European countries! Get your ticket soon since this event may sell out!

GABA Stammtisch SoCal
Thursday, May 02, 2013 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
31 Ten Lounge in Santa Monica 3110 Main Street Santa Monica, CA 90405

31Ten Lounge is offering an extended Happy Hour and mouth-watering appetizers for our GABA guests. Please come and 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. There are no fees to attend this event! A special section in the back of the restaurant is reserved exclusively for GABA this evening (enter through the side door on Marine Street).

Is Biomass Energy Growing? What are the opportunities for this industry?
Tuesday, May 07, 2013 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
K&L Gates 4 Embarcadero Center San Francisco, CA 94105

GABA and FACC invite you to join a group of experts to hear and discuss the potential growth and applications of Bioenergy in the California and Europe. Find out what natural resources, other than wood, can be used in its production and what impact biomass plants will have on the energy industry and may have on greenhouse emissions for the next 20-30 years. Don't miss this event!

GABA/GSVA: My Success. Our Visions
Wednesday, May 08, 2013 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
WilmerHale Palo Alto 950 Page Mill Road Palo Alto, CA 94304

Come and join our quarterly event, "My success. Our visions" in collaboration with the German Silicon Valley Accelerator. My Success. Our Visions invites one individual who has made it in Silicon Valley to share his/her learning and path to success. Further, the series welcomes the new batch of companies participating in the German Accelerator and introduces them to the Valley and our networks.

GABA Stammtisch San Francisco
Wednesday, May 08, 2013 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Triptych bar/restaurant/art gallery 1155 Folsom Street (between 7th and 8th) San Francisco, CA 94103

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. No RSVP needed. Willkommen!

GABA Stammtisch South Bay
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 07:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Esther's German Bakery and Café 987 N San Antonio Rd Los Altos, CA

Join us for our monthly casual Stammtisch get together at Esther's German Bakery! 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. We are looking forward to see you there.

GABA Stammtisch Sacramento
Thursday, May 16, 2013 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Sudwerk Riverside, 9900 Greenback Lane, Folsom, CA

Please join us for GABA's new monthly casual get-together at Sudwerk in Folsom. Suedwerk brews German style beers including a Munich style lager, Pilsner, and Hefeweizen. We hope to establish a regular group every third Thursday of the month. Please RSVP to [email protected], so we can reserve a table for the right number of people.

Automotive Apps: Innovation, Opportunities and Challenges
Thursday, May 23, 2013 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
WilmerHale Palo Alto 950 Page Mill Road Palo Alto, CA 94304

Join our panel of distinguished experts who will discuss what is needed to succeed with mobile apps in automobiles. How automakers are working with internal and external app developers and how third-party companies can best address the automotive industry's needs.

Big Data - Where to start and what does it take?
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM 
SAP, Palo Alto 3410 Hillview Avenue Building 1 Palo Alto, CA 94304

GABA has asked four expert panelists to share their picks for the next Big Data breakthrough areas, and also discuss hype vs. value.

Munich Chapter monthly GABA Meeting
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 06:30 PM - 09:00 PM 
Marriott hotel Berlinerstr 93 North Schwabing Munich, Other

Please join us for our monthly meetings of the GABA Munich Chapter with a special presentation and ample opportunities for business and technology networking.

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

Co-Sponsored Events

BABC - Britweek: The Design Series
Thursday, May 9, 2013 04:30 AM - 10:00 PM
San Francisco Design Center, Two Henry Adams Street, San Francisco

We are pleased to announce the launch of the first annual BritWeek/BABC San Francisco Design Series. This year?s event features a two part, moderated panel discussion celebrating the cross-currents between British and Californian creativity and innovation from architecture and design to technology.
Part I of the 2013 Design Series brings together an inspirational panel of the best British & American Architects and Interior Designers. An informal drinks and networking reception will take place during the interval.
Part II will feature a combustible panel of the brightest British & American innovators working in Product Design and Technology. Register Now!

SVCWireless - Mobile and Internet Developer Conference
Saturday, May 18, 2013 09:00 AM - 07:00 PM
Microsoft Auditorium, 1065 La Avenida Street, Mountain View

With more and more people attending tech conferences in the Silicon Valley each year from all over the world, the global mobile and Internet developers are getting closer to each other in both distance and technology stacks. With open development platforms, open cloud hosting platforms, open graph marketing platforms, open application distribution platforms and open Internet monetization platforms, the global market becomes more accessible and profitable, even to small players who can offer quality products in the market.

International Startup Fair and Startup Conference
Thursday, May 30, 2013 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Fox Theatre, Redwood City

GABA is supporting organization of the Startup Conference 2013. Discover how to start your own startup and network with 2,000 fellow entrepreneurs and engineers. Journalists from TechCrunch and other media will be present as well. If you just want to learn about hot new startups, stop by the International Startup Fair on the Courthouse Plaza in front of Fox Theater and browse the aisles of an outdoor street festival for startups. Exhibitors include venture capital firms and startups launching new products in the Demo Pit. Startups are also hiring great developers. The Startup Fair is free and open to the public - GABA members receive a 20% discount for the Startup Conference and Demo tables at the fair, please use promotion code "GABA20" to register. 

Silicon Valley Open Doors (SVOD) 2013
Monday June 10, 2013 at 08:30 AM - Tuesday, June 11, 2013 05:00 PM
Computer History Museum, 1401 N Shoreline Blvd Mountain View, CA 94043

SVOD '13 is Drawing Industry Leaders. Spaces at SVOD startup investment summit are filling up fast! Leading angel and early stage investors are confirming their attendance as speakers and judges. Top startups from around the world are being selected to pitch to investors actively looking for opportunities. Don't miss this opportunity to present your business, find deals, and network with 600+ attendees. GABA members receive a discount for the SVOD '13 Conference. Please use the discount code: GABA and register now.

Thank you to our new and renewing members!

Carroll, Burdick & McDonough LLP
ETC Hotels
Global Upside, Inc.
optegra:hhkl GmbH & Co. KG

Brix and Partners LLC
Hopper Creek Winery

Individual Members:
Anderson, Monique
Besch, Holger
Blaesi, Thomas
Conroy, John
Engelke, Michael
Fromherz, Markus
Fuchs, Axel
Gunther, Ed
Helbig, Natascha
Hyde, Mark
Kaercher, Mark
Kerr, Alexandra
Lueth, Dirk
Mueller, Ann
Rauscher, Michaela
Rokitta, Markus
Ruppelt, Ulrike
Schreiner, Herta
Woods, Jorden

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

Inside GABA


Sacramento Stammtisch
Our Sacramento Stammtisch will have its third meeting this month and the group is growing. Come and join us for the next round of German style beers at Suedwerk!
Please contact [email protected] for more information.

For more information on how to become a GABA Member, visit our website to sign up online or contact [email protected] .
Interest Groups
The Future of Social Networks, April 17th, 2013 The Return of the Secret Handshake - The Future of Social Networks 
In order to understand how to establish a new Social Network and be successful, our panelist Konstantin Guericke, Co-Founder of LinkedIn, Sergi Herrero, CEO of L'Atelier NA, Jeff Tangney, CEO of Doximity and Tim Schlegel, Founder/CEO MECLUB, INC. discussed topis such as: Is there a benefit to more and new specific social networks for more focused and highly targeted groups? What is the one trust component needed for people to communicate with each other openly? 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

Berlin Partner introduced the new version of smartMap Berlin
Berlin Partner introduced the new version of its 3D model of Berlin at the MIPIM, Europe's largest location and real estate trade show in Cannes. The "smartMap Berlin" enables companies to discover the appealing array of commercial real estate in Berlin - directly from their mobile devices. Roughly 1,000 available office and commercial properties can be virtually toured. Further information at smartMap Berlin.

Musical Showcase Event at the German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV)
Join the GISSV community's Musical Showcase event on May 10, 2013 at 6:00pm at the Mountain View campus auditorium. Featuring musical theatre groups, the GISSV orchestra, choir, and instrumentalists. Admission is free! For more information on the GISSV please visit Further information at www.gissv.org.

ECCE TERRAM extends activities from the US to Australia
ECCE TERRAM was founded by Frank Simon in 1996. It has specialized in solutions for ecommerce for the photo industry, lab control, e-payment, and content management. The company's Internet applications are used by well-known companies in the photo industry and beyond. In the newest press release the ECCE TERRAM presents their extended activities from the US to Australia. For more information please visit the website.

Euro VAT Refund, Inc. receives World Traders Award
Euro VAT Refund, Inc. has been selected by the Los Angeles Chambers Southern California World Trade Week Awards Committee to receive the "2013 World Trade Week Service to World Traders Award". The award will be presented on Thursday, May 2nd during the World Trade Week Kickoff Breakfast, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. at Omni Los Angeles Hotel. For further details, please visit the website.

Tesla Motors opens retail store in Frankfurt
FankfurtRheinMain Corp., the inward investment agency for the greater Frankfurt region in Germany, has attracted Tesla Motors to Frankfurt. The Palo Alto-based company opened a retail store, the first in Europe to take advantage of Tesla's revolutionary new interactive showroom design, in April. Frankfurt will also host a new service center. If you're interested in expanding your business into Germany, please contact their Chicago office for cost-free and confidential assistance.

Sommerfest and summer camp at GASPA
GASPA is in high gear as they prepare for their Sommerfest and summer camp. And believe it or not, GASPA is gearing up for fall and looking for new students as well as new team members. Register now for the fall!

The State of Hessen is getting ready for the BIO International Conference
Hessen's strength in life science is a key factor for it's success as a business location. As a leading center for biotech in Europe, Hessen Trade & Invest believes in the importance of being part of this international event and engaging with the leaders and trendsetter of the biotech industry. For the latest on Hessen's participation, please click on today's press release Hessen- Germany's Center for Life Science at BIO 2013.

Tiburon Consulting LLC is accepting new clients
Tiburon Consulting LLC is a San Francisco Bay Area consulting firm, dedicated to coaching the growth and success of European high-tech entrepreneurial ventures. For more information please visit their website.

Job Opening

Outside Sales Representative (home office)
YesPartners' Client is an Oracle Gold Partner and an Expert in Oracle solutions for project-down organizations worldwide as well as a NetSuite Solutions Provider. They are seeking an experienced Outside Sales Professional in the Central United States to diligently pursue sales opportunities. Experience in selling Oracle Professional Consulting Service and Software Products is required. For detailed information, please visit our job market.

Solutions Architect (home office)
YesPartners' Client is an Oracle Gold Partner and an Expert in Oracle solutions for project-down organizations worldwide as well as a NetSuite Solutions Provider. They are seeking a dynamic Solutions Architect with senior-level experience in the Oracle E-Business Suite Projects family of applications. For detailed information, please visit our job market.

Culture Selection

Movement Frozen in Time. An Exhibition of Dance Images
Wednesday, April 10 - Friday, May 10, 2013
Monday - Thursday: 10 AM - 06 PM, Friday: 10 AM - 04 PM
Goethe-Institut ART Lounge and Auditorium 530 Bush Street San Francisco

In cooperation with the German Dance Archive in Cologne, the Goethe-Institut San Francisco presents the exhibition "Movement Frozen in Time. An Exhibition of Dance Images" which is dedicated to the modern trends towards the visualization of dance and movement.
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]