GABA eNews January 2014
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Happy 2014! May the New Year bring us more wonderful opportunities to work and to succeed together.

We would like to remind you of two not-to-be-missed events in January. The 18th Annual Berlin & Beyond Film Festival will take place January 15th - 21th, primarily at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco. Courage in Motion is this year's theme, with cinematic stories of overcoming life's obstacles, moving bravely, embracing hope, connecting minds, finding solutions and bonding through common humanity. After enjoying a full week of German culture, make sure to come to the annual GABA Gala and network with the German elite of Silicon Valley. The GABA Gala will be held on January 31st at the InterContinental San Francisco. Tickets are going really fast, save your seat while you still can.

Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director

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GABA Events

GABA Stammtisch San Francisco
Wednesday, Jan 08, 2014 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Triptych bar/restaurant/art gallery, 1155 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Please join us on every second Wednesday of the month for our San Francisco GABA Stammtisch, at 7 pm at the Triptych bar/restaurant/art gallery at 1155 Folsom Street (between 7th and 8th). 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!

GABA Stammtisch Alameda
Wednesday, Jan 08, 2014 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. See you there! Because of New Years Day the GABA Stammtisch Alameda (East Bay) was moved to the second Wednesday in January.

GABA Stammtisch SoCal
Thursday, Jan 09, 2014 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
BRÜ HAUS; Neue Kalifornische 11831 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Join GABA as our monthly Stammtisch will take place at the "Neue Kalifornische" BRÜ HAUS on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles' Westside. BRÜ HAUS is offering an extended Happy Hour until 8PM for our GABA guests. BRÜ HAUS serves a variety of delicious German style foods, in addition to a large German beer selection. Our GABA guests will also be served some complimentary appetizers and desserts on the house this evening, therefore you do not want to miss this Stammtisch! Bring your friends, family, or colleagues to celebrate the beginning of spring at this chic and contemporary bar & restaurant on the Westside! A large section in the back of the restaurant is reserved exclusively for GABA this evening. We look forward to seeing you there! There are no fees to attend this event!!!

GABA Stammtisch South Bay
Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014 07:00 PM - 09:30 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. 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, Jan 16, 2014 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Sudwerk Riverside, 9900 Greenback Lane, Folsom, CA 95630

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 have 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.

GABA Stammtisch Santa Cruz
Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Come to mingle and network in the very casual environment of our traditional GABA Stammtisch. Find us in the cosy garden to the back of The Crepe Place in Santa Cruz. We are looking forward to meeting you there!

GABA Gala 2014
Friday, January 31, 2014 06:00 PM - 10:30 PM
InterContinental San Francisco, Ballroom 5th Floor, 888 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA

GABA California invites you to the annual gala event at the InterContinental San Francisco on January 31st, 2014. As a deeply-rooted community member of German-American business professionals, we hope you will join us to celebrate our collective success in building a dynamic organization that unites the California Bay Area and German businesses. This gala celebration will acknowledge our achievements and pay tribute to our members. There is limited seating, please purchase your tickets soon. We look forward to seeing you there!

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

Partner Events

Venture Summit West
Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 08:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Computer History Museum, 1401 North Shoreline Boulevard, Mountain View, CA 94043

This exclusive venture summit will bring together over 500 Venture Capitalists, Corporate VCs, Angel Investors, Investment Bankers and CEOs of early stage and emerging growth companies; features more than 40 leading VCs on interactive panel discussions; presentations from more than 50 Top Innovators; and high-level networking opportunities. GABA members receive a 10% discount on the early bird rate until January 9th using "gaba" as discount code.

New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate:
expectus Inc
Next Step

Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie
Robert Bosch Llc

Eppendorf Public Accountancy
WDE International Inc.

Individual Members:
Bank, Matthias
Becker, Ulrich
Blendstrup, Angelika
Cleary, Linda
de Hemptinne, Baudouin
Dorstel, Karina
Eschmann, Birgit
Ferchau, Joerg
Gernitis, Tim
Goette, Gerd
Grose, Tracey
Huber, Britt
Kayser, Frank
Kelly, Michael
Koslowski, Thilo
Krueger, Christopher
Muller, Michael
Quittel, Fran
Ralston, Anna
Ralston, John
Rauch, Lothar
Schoeppler, Martin
Schulz, Christian
Shafer, James
Steinebrunner, Bernd
Wheaton, Scott
Zornes, Elisabet

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

Interest Groups

With almost 100 people in attendance, our signature Financial Outlook event in December was a huge success. Our guests immersed in the festive Christmas atmosphere at the German Consulate in San Francisco and enjoyed a wonderful spread of gourmet appetizers and traditional German pastries. High-profiled panelists from T-Venture, BASF, Intel Capital, SAP Ventures shared valuable insights of the new wave of corporate venture funds and discussed in detail what venture opportunities and challenges might arise in 2014.

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

Great news from GAIS! The German-American International School is happy to announce that it has found a future site for their school. The site is located within the North Fair Oaks community of Menlo Park and is approximately 3 miles from GAIS' current campus. They are looking forward to continue to offer their bilingual International Baccalaureate (IB) program for Preschool - Grade 8.  Please join them for their first information evening and Parenting Workshop this year on January 8, 2014 - Can you parent without fear? For more information, please visit

Visit GISSV's Open House at the German International School Silicon Valley - Berkeley Campus, and learn about GISSV's bilingual programs. Teachers, parents and students are looking forward to showing you the school and answering your questions. The open house takes place on Saturday, January 25th, from 11:00am to 1:00pm. For more information please see

Kenyon & Kenyon LLP
On November 6, 2013, Donuts, Inc., a registry for new gTLDs, announced that the "Sunrise" period for seven of its new gTLDs will begin on November 26. For further information please visit their website.

Tiburon Consulting
GABA Board member Uwe Wagner has signed a specialist mentor agreement with GSVA German Silicon Valley Accelerator. The GSVA program is an initiative sponsored by the German government and private institutions to promote the successful entry of German start-ups into the US market by making use of the unique ecosystem of the Silicon Valley.

Job Opening

Business Development Officer - International Clientele
Bank of the West is recruiting a Business Development Officer. The Business Development Officer is responsible for developing and building relationships with non-US and US based internationals for Bank of the West clientele by developing synergies with BNP Paribas. The BDME is responsible for generating new banking services among international clientele and develops new business relationships with non-American resident RBG accounts or BNP Paribas accounts to utilize banking services worldwide. May assist with the development of banking services for customers living or traveling abroad. Click here for a detailed job description.

Berlin & Beyond

Culture Selection

18. Berlin & Beyond Film Festival
January 15 - 19, 2014 at Castro Theatre
January 20 - 21, 2014 at Goethe-Institut

Since 1996, Berlin & Beyond has been a gateway for the American public to experience the universal spirit and vision of filmmakers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Courage in Motion is this year's theme, with cinematic stories of overcoming life?s obstacles, moving bravely, embracing hope, connecting minds, finding solutions and bonding through common humanity. The velvet curtains open with Germany's official entry to the 2014 Academy Awards, the riveting time-spanning espionage drama "Two Lives" by Georg Maas. Contemporary cinema auteurs Thomas Arslan ("Gold"), Detlev Buck ("Measuring the World" 3D) and Xavier Koller ("The Black Brothers") take us on 19th-century journeys to unexpected discoveries. Brave stories of survival resonate in Lars-Gunnar Lotz's "Shifting the Blame" and Oscar®-nominated director Marc Rothemund's "The Girl with Nine Wigs". We examine our fragile world with the documentaries "Miles & War" by Anne Thoma of rare insights into war mediation, and "More than Honey" by Oscar®-nominated director Markus Imhoof where human existence is questionable without bees. For the festival schedule please visit the website and Facebook Page.

For further information contact:

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