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It Is Here! GABA is pleased to announce the release of our new website, designed with a fresh new look and user-friendly navigation, updated with the latest information about our events and community. We hope you will enjoy browsing our new site!
It's never too early to plan for the Sommerfest in August! In the course of this year's Sommerfest, we will hold a "Newcomer Fair". The idea is to give all newcomers, who just moved to the Bay Area, a single "go to point" to make connections and to get all their burning questions answered! If your business provides services of interest for these new arrivals, this is a great opportunity to meet in a casual atmosphere! Check out Inside GABA for more information.

Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director

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GABA Events

GABA Stammtisch Santa Cruz
Wednesday, Apr 02, 2014 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Please come to mingle and network on Wednesday in the very casual environment of our traditional GABA Stammtisch at the Crepe Place in Santa Cruz. You will find us in the cozy garden in the back. We are looking forward to meeting you there! Please note!!! We have rescheduled our GABA Stammtisch Santa Cruz from March to this date.

GABA Stammtisch Alameda
Wednesday, Apr 02, 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. It is free to attend. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

SoCal - GABA Stammtisch at Wirtshaus
Thursday, Apr 03, 2014 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wirtshaus LA, 345 La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Please come and join us this spring evening at our monthly GABA's Southern California "Stammtisch" at the traditional and "gemütlichen" German pub, restaurant and beer garden Wirtshaus! 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. We look forward to seeing you there!

SoCal-Culture and Industry: A German Perspective
Tuesday, Apr 08, 2014, 12:00 PM - 06:30 PM
Chapman University, One University Drive, Orange, CA 92866

Please join GABA and German Companies including BSH Home Appliances, Mercedes Benz, BMW and Siemens to name a few, on a day in which President's and CEO's as well as innovative German and German American professionals will engage in lively discussion with University students on a variety of themes including design, language, environmental industry, international corporate and cultural relations.

Wearable Devices - Where Have All The Computers Gone?
Tuesday, Apr 08, 2014 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Pillsbury, Four Embarcadero Center, 22nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111

This high-profile GABA panel explores how far computers have developed and where they will go next. Expect an inspiring and lively evening for everyone interested in next developments in a time when the Web and smart phones feel a bit antiquated. Come and join our panel of distinguished experts who will share their experience and insights on the future of computers.

SoCal - Euro Mixer San Diego 2014
Wednesday, Apr 09, 2014 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
The Complete Frida Kahlo, NTC at Liberty Station Barracks 3, 2765 Truxtun Road, San Diego, CA 92106

Please come and be part of GABA's first Euro Mixer in San Diego!
We have partnered with the San Diego French American Chamber of Commerce, the GACCA, SACC, the World Trade Center San Diego, the EUACCSC and the Finnish American Chamber of Commerce for expanded networking in Southern California!

GABA Stammtisch San Francisco
Wednesday, Apr 09, 2014 07:00 PM - 10:00 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 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!

Europe and the Bay Area: Investing in Each Other
Monday, Apr 14, 2014 08:30 AM - 10:30 AM
The Wells Fargo Penthouse, 420 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94104

We are pleased to announce the launch of our ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN EUROPEAN CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE AND BUSINESS ASSOCIATIONS and the release of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute's new report. So don't miss out on this event and celebrate with us and learn about the important ties between the Bay Area and Europe!

GABA Stammtisch South Bay
Wednesday, Apr 16, 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!

GABA Stammtisch Sacramento
Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 06:00 PM - 08:00 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 [email protected] so we can reserve a table for the right number of people. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

International Expansion: What Every Startup Needs to Know
Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 06:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Bingham McCutchen, 3 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA 94111

With globalization and the internet, a young company can begin selling its products in international markets very quickly. But there are a number of critical legal, organizational, financial, and operational issues that must be understood and dealt with in order to ensure that overseas expansion takes place smoothly and in a form that doesn’t backfire later. Discuss with experts how small companies can take advantage of global opportunities.  

GABA Stammtisch Santa Cruz
Wednesday, Apr 23, 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 cozy garden in the back. We are looking forward to meeting you there!

Robert Scoble in conversation with Dara Horn:  A Guide for the Perplexed
Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Oshman Family JCC, Taube Koret Campus, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, CA 94303

Join us and Robert Scoble as Dara Horn reveals the thinking behind her novel. Dara will conclude with a question and answer session and will be available for book signing after her talk.

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

Partner Events

Clean Tech Open - Clean Energy and Climate Change
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 07:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Impact Hub San Francisco, 925 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Network with a diverse group of energy professionals, entrepreneurs and others passionate about addressing climate change. Join this conversation about global climate change and the role clean energy will play in tackling the defining challenge of this generation. For further information please go to this link.

Clean Tech Open - Building A Bio-Economy
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Joint BioEnergy Institute, 5885 Hollis St, Emeryville, CA 94608

Join us to learn about the 2014 Cleantech Open accelerator program and technology directions in scaling biofuel processing up. At this briefing, you will be given an overview of the Cleantech Open. With over 850 companies served and more than $900 million raised, you'll be in great company. You will learn about our 2014 Business Accelerator and how to accelerate your cleantech startup with expert training, national visibility, and investor engagement. Any given company could win up to $230,000 in award cash, investment, and services. For more information please visit this website.

PV60 - History Becoming the Future
Friday, Apr 18, 2014 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94301

On April 26, 1954, the New York Times stated on its front page that the invention of the Bell Laboratories silicon solar cell marked "the beginning of a new era eventually leading to the realization of one of mankind's most cherished dreams - the harnessing of the almost limitless energy of the sun for the uses of civilization". So what better place to launch the 60th anniversary celebration of this breakthrough and its subsequent progress than the City of Palo Alto? Don't miss out this exciting Launch event! For further information please click on the link.

The Startup Conference 2014
Wednedsay, May 14th, 2014 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Fox Theatre, 2223 Broadway St, Redwood City, CA 94063

GABA is supporting organization of the Startup Conference 2014. 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. Conference speakers include Tim Draper, Vivek Wadwa, David Hornik, Christine Herron, Bill Reichert and many more. 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. 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.

SVForum - Silicon Valley 2014 - The World Cup Tech Challenge
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 07:30 AM - 05:30 PM
Microsoft Building 1, 1065 La Avenida St, Mountain View, CA 94043

For the last 8 years, Launch: Silicon Valley has been a premier product launch platform for startups from around the world. This year's Launch: Silicon Valley will have a special World Cup Tech Challenge edition, check out the whole story on the new website here. GABA would like to invite German startups to apply if chosen, you will qualify to one of the 5 available launch spots within each of 6 different tech categories (Digital Media, HealthTech, FinTech, Next Gen Technology, EdTech, Enterprise Software). Deadline to apply is April 10th, 2014! Represent Germany and score big! and get a 25% off with the PROMO CODE: "25_PERCENT_OFF".

New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate:

Individual Members:
Borho, Klaus
Bozanic, Anthony
Bullwinkel, Clay
Gerstacker, Werner
Goldstein, Liza
Joshua, Uschi
Lee, Cathy
Lintzen, Johannes
Mourad, Sami
Phillips, Monica
Rosenfeld, Adina
Scherer, Gerhard
Schmidt, Melanie
Scroggin, Rita
Stieber, Tony

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

Inside GABA
Every summer, we get together to celebrate with GABA members, friends, and newcomers to the Bay area at the GABA Sommerfest at beautiful Cuesta Park in Mountain View.
GABA has always provided information and offered assistance to our newcomers and their family through our various outlets. In order to give all newcomers, who just moved to the Bay Area, a single "go to point" to make connections and to get all their burning questions answered, this year we will take it a step further. In the course of this year's Sommerfest (Sunday, August24, 2014, 3-6PM, at Cuesta Park, Mountain View), we will hold a "Newcomer Fair".

We found that topics of high interest include:

  • Visa/green card
  • General legal questions
  • How do I manage my (German and US) money in the USA?
  • Housing (renting/buying)
  • Do I really need a US credit card? How do I get one?
  • Schools
  • Medical insurance (major differences to the German system and what is the best plan for me and my family?)
  • General insurance questions

If you are providing services to the German community, this is great opportunity to meet newcomers in a casual atmosphere! Our exhibition space goes fast! Make sure to contact us today to reserve your space! For more information, please contact us at [email protected]

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

Interest Groups
IMG_8914 Embracing Innovation through Design Thinking and Citizen Science
Design Thinking and Crowd-sourced or Citizen Science are not only buzz words in innovation, but are scalable techniques that can effectively be plugged into your personal or business innovation efforts. Whether your background is in business, science, engineering, art or anything else, check out the video and learn how to get inspired or unstuck. Realize new opportunities. Explore new directions for your business or social enterprise. These important topics were discussed by our amazing panelists and a lively audience.
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

Enrollment at GAIS for next school year 2014-15 is in full swing. There are still a few spots left in all school grades and preschool. After receiving official notification of authorization for the Middle Years Programme (MYP) by the International Baccalaureate (IB) Organization in February 2014, GAIS is now 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. 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 speakers as well. Please call at 650-324-8617 to schedule a private tour and find more information on

Global Upside Inc.
Ragu Bhargava, CEO of GABA corporate sponsor Global Upside, has joined the board of City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley, the nonprofit dedicated to providing support for at-risk students in elementary, middle, and high schools in underprivileged urban communities. City Year puts young college graduates into schools where they provide personal tutoring and support for students most at risk of dropping out. City Year efforts have significantly increased the literacy and math scores of more than 85% of the students they work with. "City Year stands out as an organization that is totally committed to education of our most disadvantaged young people. City Year makes a difference, both for students in schools and for the young adults who sign on as AmeriCorps members to work in those schools," said Ragu. Learn more about City Year at their website. And click here to learn more about Global Upside's community support activities .

Kenyon & Kenyon LLP
The United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued new guidance for use in assisting patent examiners in assessing whether claims cover subject matter that is eligible for patentability. For detailed information please go to this website.

Top Bay Area leadership advisory firm NLeadership is celebrating its 2 year anniversary! Founder Ulrich Nettesheim is offering a complimentary 1 hour individual working session to the first 5 GABA members who request a session via his website. Let's make progress on an important issue for you.

Smaato's Global Mobile RTB Report Finds Importance of Data growing in Mobile Advertising. Smaato, the leading global mobile Real-Time Bidding (RTB) Ad Exchange (SMX) & SSP, released its first global mobile RTB report. Smaato's unique worldwide mobile RTB research provides mobile publishers, app developers and advertisers with deep analytical insights into the mobile advertising market, allowing them to streamline their mobile monetization strategies. Download here!

Job Opening

The German-American International School  is currently seeking a dynamic, self-motivated, self-independent and detail-oriented receptionist to join our administrative team. The Receptionist is handling the front office reception and administration duties, including greeting guests and offering a warm welcome, answering phones, handling school inquiries, and sorting and distributing mail, scheduling meetings and supporting the Senior Leadership Team in office tasks. Full-time (1.0 FTE). Click here detailed job description and application process.

Culture Selection

Schubertiade Dance performance
Friday, Apr, 04, 2014, 08:00 PM, doors open at 07:30 PM
Salle Pianos, 1632 C Market Street, San Francisco

Goethe-Institut and Kathryn Roszak's Danse Lumière present a modern "Schubertiade"
Kathryn Roszak's Danse Lumière performs a present day "Schubertiade", an updated version of a salon originated by Schubert in his time involving music, dance, and poetry. Danse Lumière is acclaimed for combining dance with literature, and takes inspiration from the poem "Schubertiana" by Nobel Prize-winning poet Tomas Tranströmer. The group will be accompanied by pianists Michael Seth Orland and Karen Rosenak. Danse Lumière has performed its original productions combining dance with drama in the Bay Area at the Herbst Theatre, Grace Cathedral, the Asian Art Museum, and the University of San Francisco. Nationally, the company has performed at The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., La MaMa E.T.C., New York, and at the Copenhagen Cultural Festival, Denmark. Tickets are available at the Goethe-Institut (regular office hours) and at the door on the day of event.
For further information contact:

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