GABA eNews March 2014
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GABA Appreciation

The collective passion and dedication of the GABA community has always been the main driving force to propel us forward. Thank you for being a GABA member. To show our appreciation, GABA will be offering member discounts and events through the whole year.
Enjoy our first two-for-one Member Special and bring a guest for free to our WiB event " Embracing Innovation through Design Thinking and Citizen Science" on March 12th in San Francisco. Follow us on Facebook und stay tuned for more Member Specials .

We are looking forward to seeing you!
Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director

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GABA Events

GABA/GSVA: My Success. Our Visions
Wednesday, Mar 05, 2014 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Runway, 1355 Market Street - Suite #488, San Francisco, CA 94103

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. Come join us to get inspired and to get known exciting new companies and technologies "Made in Germany". So don't miss the event!

GABA Stammtisch Alameda
Wednesday, Mar 05, 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 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!

GABA Stammtisch SoCal at Stefan's at LA Farm
Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Stefan's at LA Farm, 3000 Olympic Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Join GABA at our monthly Stammtisch, which will take place at cosmopolitan and stylish "Stefan's at L.A. Farm". Owner and Award Winning German-Finnish Top Chef Stefan Richer welcomes our GABA guests this evening to enjoy his German-Finnish menu with an unusual twist, inspired by his heritage, in addition to a large selection of German beers and wines. 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.

Embracing Innovation through Design Thinking and Citizen Science
Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Mindjet, 1160 Battery Street East - 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111

Struggling to keep your New Year's resolutions? Or did you even bother to make any? Before you toss them aside, let's talk about certain techniques and tools that will help you leave all procrastination behind and really approach your resolutions from a different angle. Come and join the conversation, learn how to apply design thinking to creative problem solving and invigorate your entrepreneurial spirit.

GABA Stammtisch San Francisco
Wednesday, Mar 12, 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 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!

GABA Stammtisch South Bay
Wednesday, Mar 19, 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 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!

Cloud Transition - Are YOU ready for the cloud?
Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014
TBD, Palto Alto

The buzz about "the cloud" is louder than ever. So loud in fact, that you may be wondering if your business is ready to migrate to the cloud, even if your core business is not in technology. You may wonder what this really entails and if it is worth it. You may also question the maturity and the security of cloud technology. Join our Presenter and Panel to hear their insights on what it takes to switch your business to the cloud and how it can improve results and profitability.

GABA Stammtisch Santa Cruz
Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014 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 the Crepe Place in Santa Cruz. You will find us in the cosy garden to the back of The Crepe Place in Santa Cruz. We are looking forward to meet you there!

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

Partner Events 

VC Taskforce: Entrepreneurial Tales of Building the A Team, Starting in the C-Suite
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 06:00 - 09:00 PM
305 Lytton Avenue, Palo Alto

Please join us, as our panelists address best practices for building an A Team Company, starting with a corporate culture, founded in the C Suite, that is shared throughout the organization to achieve excellence. Panelists will either have had experience as entrepreneurs or are currently entrepreneurs. Venture capital, consulting, board and listed corporate C-suite perspectives will be represented on the panel. This should be an event rich in content that will provide practical, real-time strategies for current and future implementation. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

Founders Space: Everything Startups Need to Know About Angel Funding
Wednesday, March 05, 2014 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Academy of Art, 466 Townsend St., San Francisco, CA

Come and join the Founders Space much anticipated "Angel Funding" event and find out everything you need to know about "Series Seed", "Convertible Notes", "SAFE Financing Docs", "Closing Angel Rounds" and "Getting Traction on AngelList". And don't miss three top Angels speaking at the event! Charles Hudson SoftTech VC & Angel, Semil Shah Angel & TechCrunch and Seth Goldstein Angel & Entrepreneur. For registration and further information please visit the website and get a 25% off with the PROMO CODE: "25_PERCENT_OFF".

PROSYSTEM- Software & Cyber Security Workshop for Medical Devices
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Beverly Heritage Hotel, 1820 Barber Lane, Milpitas, California 95035

The International Medical Device Regulators Forum defines new rules for Software as a Medical Device; Life-Cycle Standard IEC 62304 for Medical Devices will be up-dated; Health Software IEC 82304-1 addresses Medical Apps; no Safety without proper Usability IEC 62366 2nd; FDA Guidance(s) set regulatory requirements for 2014: On Wireless; Mobile Medical Apps; Cyber-Security submission, documentation and post-market reporting. How can these requirements practically be implemented? The PROSYSTEM Workshop share insights into international Standards including IEC 80001-Series for Medical IT-Networks and IEC 80001-2-2 Security how first steps can be taken. Contact: PROSYSTEM USA LLC;

PROSYSTEM- New FDA Guidance & EU MDR in 2014
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Beverly Heritage Hotel, 1820 Barber Lane, Milpitas, California 95035

PROSYSTEM Workshops are well known by Medical Device leaders in the Bay Area to get distinguished background information & insights on new Regulation and Medical Device Standards. The new EU Medical Device Regulation (MDR) with stronger supervision for Notified Bodies, clinical evaluation & investigation stricter rules for manufacturers & im-porters will change the way US companies do business in Europe by 2015. Regulatory changes at FDA are significant: Reorganization of the CDRH Office of Compliance; New rules for 510(k)s; Single Audit Program; Standard recognition program; IEC 60601-1/A1; FDA's Unique Device Identifier (UDI) & many more topics will be shared by PROSYSTEM. Contact: PROSYSTEM USA LLC;

Strategic Investors: Why Startups Should Look to Corporate VCs for Funding
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
379 Lytton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301

Don't miss the Founders Space annual "Strategic Investors" event with three top corporate VC speakers. Come and find out how to raise money from strategic partners & corporations, how to negotiate the best terms with a corporate VC and many other topics. For registration and further information please visit the website and get a 25% off with the PROMO CODE: "25_PERCENT_OFF".

VC Taskforce: Funding from the Cloud: Secrets for Success from Successful CEOs
Thursday, March 13, 2014 05:30 PM - 08:30 PM
2225 E. Bayshore Road, 1st Floor, Palo Alto

VC Taskforce has gathered three entrepreneurs who have successfully raised money via the cloud; some repeatedly and from different sites. Others have obtained capital via multiple venues, combining online and real-world sources. The panelists expect to share their perspectives, learnings and tips on the strategies and tactics for a successful online fund-raising campaign, things to do, and things to avoid. We expect a highly interactive session among the CEOs and with the audience.

SVCWireless: Game Developer Night During GDC Week
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
K&L Gates, 4 Embarcadero Center, Suite 1200, San Francisco

SVCWireless will host a social event for game companies from China and US to network at the week of GDC. Some leading publishers, distributors, ads platforms and service providers for both US and China markets will speak at the event. Come and experience a multi-curlture night out, show off your products, lock down your go-to-market partners, and enjoy the food and drink.

The Life Sciences & Healthcare Venture Summit
Wednesday, April 02, 2014 08:00 AM - 05:30 PM
The Digital Sandbox Network, 55 Broad Street - 4th Floor, New York, New York 10004

A highly productive full-day venture conference "The Life Sciences & Healthcare Venture Summit" is dedicated to showcasing VCs, Corporate VCs and angel investors committed to funding early stage and emerging companies. This exclusive summit will feature a distinguished line up of more than 40 Investors on interactive panels; presentations by more than 50 Top Innovators seeking funding, and high-level networking opportunities. German American Business Association of California has made special arrangements for their network to receive a special discount of 10% off the "early bird" rates. To Register now and receive the special discount as well as take advantage of the "early bird" savings, use this link and enter discount code "gabavip" by March 5th. In addition to providing access to leading Investors, the conference will feature more than 50 pre-screened early stage and emerging growth companies seeking capital, and hardcore networking. This conference will be attended by the best people in the industry. Please register early to avoid disappointment.

New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate:
BridgehouseTax GmbH
Media Finance Group

CarMedialab Corp.
Susanne Bohl - Realtor for Silicon Valley & Bay Area

Individual Members:
Batista, Andrea
Bienert, Joerg
Borchert, Joerg
Borsutzki, Claudia
Franck, David
Khandelwal, Sweta
Kopitzki, Simone
Kownatzki, Clemens
Martini, Sylvia
Mihaescu, Ph.D., P.E., Edda
Ninkovic, Sinisa
Payne, Withbert
Schmidt, Howard
Schoenek, Herbert
Steinbach, Sebastian
von Bechtolsheim, Andreas
Wilson, Philip

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

Interest Groups
Surveillance, Cyber Crime & Cyber Espionage Surveillance, Cyber Crime & Cyber Espionage
Across the globe, governments, societies, businesses, and individuals are facing a number of critical challenges regarding cyberspace, data integrity, authenticity, confidentiality, and more often, trust. As a response to a rising number of cyber threats, an increasing number of governments are introducing cyber security strategies. The German American Business Association, in collaboration with TeleTrusT, the IT Security Association Germany discussed in a panel with cyber security thought leaders, from both Germany and the United States, the German and the U.S. approach to this challenge and opportunities for transatlantic cooperation in this field. Check out the video of the panel on our website.
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 (2013) 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 April 1, 2014 if you are interested in proceeding with a VAT refund. Please see Euro VAT Refund company for more details.

GAIS - Open Enrollment for the 2014-2015 School Year!
Enrollment has started for all school grades and preschool. GAIS is an IB World school and offers spots for 2-, 3-, and 5-day Preschool programs, Kindergarten/Vorschule - Grade 4 (PYP: Primary Years Programme) and Grade 5 - 8 (MYP: Middle Years Programme). The International Middle School is suitable for English-only students and has just received official notification of authorization for their Middle Years Programme by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). GAIS is the first and only school in the Bay Area that offers both the world-renowned Primary Years Program (PYP) and Middle Years Program (MYP) within a bilingual academic track. Please call us at 650-324-8617 to schedule a private tour and find more information on

Sommer, Sonne, Deutsch! (Summer, sunshine, German!) That is what GASPA's summer camp program is all about this year and to make things even more exciting we have added a theater and a soccer week for teenagers. Registration is now open and all details can be found on their website.

We would like to welcome our newest GABA entrepreneur member gourmet-lunch. Get delicious Maple-Cardamom Glazed Salmon, Pan-Roasted Cauliflower, Asparagus with Pancetta, Leek and Parsley & Kale and Quinoa Pilaf delivered to your office. Gourmet-lunch now offers corporate lunch for only $11.50 pp, don't miss to visit and order your next lunch meal!

WordExpress is Pleased to Announce the Launch of its New Website! WordExpress Translations & Interpretations just released its new website Fresh look, user-friendly navigation, faster loading! Request a Free Estimate with one click! Now they cater to your needs even quicker, while adhering to their time-proven approach: Highest Quality at Reasonable Prices! Please contact their Client Care Consultants at!

Job Opening

VP Sales (SAAS / Big Data) - San Jose
On behalf of their client YES Partners is recruiting for a VP Sales (SAAS / Big Data) in San Jose. 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. Recognized for the ability to identify and capitalize on new market opportunities. For detailed information please follow the link!

Culture Selection

Goethe-Institut San Francisco: Tune into Tonbandgerät - Tune into German
Livestream Saturday, March 08, 2014, 6:00 PM (PST)
Light Rail Studios San Francisco, 672 Toland Pl, San Francisco

One of Germany's most popular Indie pop bands, Tonbandgerät from Hamburg, will perform in San Francisco on March 8th. The German-language quartet won the New Music Award in 2012 and just finished a highly successful tour through Germany. Now Tonbandgerät is conquering the US! Admission is free, but registration is required. Space is limited, so sign up for your ticket now:

For further information contact:

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