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With the holidays around the corner, we would like to invite you to our traditional annual end-of-the-year events. Join us at the German Consulate in San Francisco for our famous Financial Outlook 2014 event, where a panel of hand-selected experts will share their views of next year's overall financial climate. If you are in Southern California don't miss our SoCal Year End & Holiday Celebration featuring a exquisite culinary experience by private chefs.
Please also mark your calendar for the annual GABA Gala celebration on January 31th. The evening is filled with the highlights such as a welcome speech by Consul General Peter Rothen and the GABA Award of Excellence ceremony honoring Sebastian Thrun for his outstanding achievements in business, science and education. Purchase your tickets now to benefit from this unique opportunity to network amongst the distinguished attendees! There is limited seating, please purchase your tickets soon!

Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director

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GABA Events

GABA Stammtisch Alameda
Wednesday, Dec 4, 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 are looking forward to see you there!

Opportunities in Big Data
Thursday, Dec 05, 2013 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Capgemini, 4000 Shoreline court, South San Francisco

Do you Want to be a Big Data Scientist? Then join us for this exciting event where a panel of Big Data pioneers and Data Scientists will discuss use cases for data analytics, technologies they use to support Big Data initiatives, the expertise they leverage to realize incredible value in data that has never been possible before.

Financial Outlook 2014
Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
German Consulate General, 1960 Jackson Street (at Gough), San Francisco

GABA and the German Consulate present this opportunity to meet leading corporate fund managers from Europe and the U.S. who will share their views of next year's overall financial climate and funding for international technology companies. Don't miss this unique networking experience and the opportunity to share invaluable knowledge, learn key strategies for success, and enjoy the festive holiday atmosphere at the Consulate.

GABA Stammtisch San Francisco
Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013 7:00 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 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!

SoCal - Year End & Holiday Celebration
Friday, Dec 13, 2013 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
BSH Experience & Design Center, 17911 Von Karman, Suite 100, Irvine

Mark your calendar to join all your GABA friends from LA through San Diego to celebrate the holiday season with a fun and exquisite culinary experience by private chefs who will wow your taste-buds. Start the evening with our champagne reception and silent auction. We will keep you entertained while we all enjoy a pleasantly light evening among the German American community!

GABA Stammtisch South Bay
Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Esther's German Bakery and Café, 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 Stammtisch Sacramento
Thursday, Dec 19, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Suedwerk Riverside, 9900 Greenback Lane, Folsom, CA 95630

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 so we can reserve a table for the right number of people. We are looking forward to see you there!

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

Partner Events

SVOD - Silicon Valley Open Doors (SVOD) Conference
Tuesday, Dec 3, 2013, 8AM - Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013, 5PM
Computer History Museum, 1401 North Shoreline Boulevard, Mountain View

SVOD conference features an eclectic mix of the most creative, forward-thinking, and insightful industry speakers and over 60 investor judges from top angel and VC funds for SVOD startup DEMO. Come celebrate winter with SVOD: pitch your company, evaluate your peers, attend our new programs, play a bunch of exciting business games with prizes at the end, and attend a special FREE TOUR for startup founders. A special 25% discount for GABA members to Silicon Valley Open Doors Investment Conference (#SVOD)! For registration and further information please go to the website.

Founders Space - Annual 2014 Venture Forecast by Founders Space
Tuesday, Dec 3, 2013, 6PM - 8PM
Sheppard Mullin Richter Hampton, 379 Lytton Avenue, Palo Alto

Find out what the top VC firms are looking for when it comes to investing in 2014. Presenters include Jon Soberg of Blumberg Capital, Dave Feinleib known as "VCDave" for his popular blog and investment career, Steve Hoffman cofounder of Founders Space, and a Mystery VC Guest Speaker who will be announced soon! Panel Moderated by Scott Gray, CEO of Nearcast. We'll have plenty of food and beverages. A special 25% discount for GABA members, please use code 25percent. For registration and further information please go to the event website.

New and Renewing Members
BASF Venture Capital America, Inc.
Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie
FrankfurtRhineMain Corp.
Next Step

E&M Mayock & Associates

Individual Members:
Andrey, Doug
Brand, Gerrit
Daugherty, Kevin
Federal, Gaby
Fincannon, Fiona
Hahner, Linda
Christopher Loran
Haspel, Mechthild Henkel, Sandra
Hoover, Dan
Kempf, Petra
Meyer, Scott
Miller, Rich
Pedrazzini, Les
Rohm, Eberhard
Schmidt, Gero
Schwarz-Gondek, Nicolai
Spreckelmeyer, Katja
Staacke, Matthias

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

Interest Groups
IMG_8914 My Success. Our Visions
Every quarter, "My success. Our visions" welcomes the new batch of companies participating in the German Accelerator and invites one individual who has made it in Silicon Valley to share his/her learning and path to success. Last month we welcomed Co-Founder of LinkedIn and Venture Partner at Earlybird as a Keynote speaker. He shared a wide array of insights and gave invaluable recommendations to all partipants. Look out for the next event in the series.
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

Bank of the West offers new credit card for expats with no credit history
Each year, thousands of people arrive in the United States with work visas. Yet, upon arrival, many learn for the first time that they lack the US credit history that is crucial to establishing their financial footing. Bank of the West now offers unsecured credit cards to new immigrants. For more information please contact: or 415-866-4909.

GAIS Winterfest 2013
Please join GAIS on Saturday, December 7, from 2:00 - 5:00pm and bring your family and friends to celebrate a wonderful afternoon full of holiday activities. This year's Winterfest will feature a Holiday Bazaar, café, baked goodies, delicious food and beverages, hand-made arts and crafts, a visit from Santa, a raffle to win a Christmas tree and much more. The school music bands and singers will provide wonderful festive music to get you into the holiday spirit. Admission is free - parking will be available. For more information please see our Winterfest program.

GISSV is hosting theGerman Holiday Market at Mountain View City Hall Plaza
On Saturday Dec. 14th, Civic Center Plaza will be transformed into a European village bustling with merchants, food, entertainment and plenty of fun for the whole family. Complete your holiday shopping at the local artisans' booths filled with unique handmade gifts, while enjoying the traditional delights of the season, including Glühwein (mulled spiced wine) and hot cider, roasted nuts, and other delicious savory and sweet items. For more information take a look at the  program.

Meridian Finance Group named as Broker of the Year
The Export-Import Bank of the U.S. has named GABA member Meridian Finance Group its 2013 "Broker of the Year" and is recognized as the most active EX-IM Bank Insurance Broker. Exporting is one of the bright spots in the economy right now and Meridian is helping hundreds of exporters to expand their international sales. For information call Meridian Finance Group at 310-260-2130, email, or visit

Job Opening

VP Engineering - Networking/Location Based Solutions (San Jose / SouthBay)
YES Partners is recruiting for a VP Engineering - Networking for their client. The company provides location based solutions. It creates great customer experiences delivered by really cool technology. It is a Software-as-a-Service model that uses proprietary technology in a device smaller than a deck of cards. It can be delivered without the need to connect to the internet. The Founder is a consummate visionary, serial entrepreneur and inventor with a dynamic career distinguished by a consistent track-record of success in the start-up, development and leadership of early stage companies. Click here for a detailed job description.

Culture Selection

Goethe-Institut San Francisco
Holiday Art Bazaar, Film and Party
Friday, Dec 06, 2013 3:00 PM bazaar; 6:30 PM film; 7:30 PM party
Goethe-Institut San Francisco, ART-Lounge, 530 Bush Street, San Francisco

Join them as they celebrate the holiday season with a big party. Enjoy spiced cider, Lebkuchen and Stollen, dance to cool music, meet and mingle with local artists at their bazaar. And watch the brand new film "Planet Goethe" - a documentary about 60 years of German language learning around the world by Maren Niemeyer. Free Admission! For more information click here.
For further information contact:

German American Business Association
Phone: +1 (650) 386-5015, Fax : +1 (415) 276-2375, Email: