GABA eNews May 2014
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As part of our member appreciation program this year our members have access to advanced registration list for selected events. We hope to help our members to have a more effective networking event. Become a member today and gain early access to the registration list for our upcoming event on May 7th, 2014 in Palo Alto Autonomous Vehicles - Are We There Yet?

Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director



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GABA Events

GABA Stammtisch at The Rooftop - Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel in Beverly Hills
Thursday, May 01, 2014 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The Rooftop - Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel, 360 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Enjoy mingling and networking with friends or colleagues at the newly remodeled Rooftop of the Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel who are interested in fostering the Californian-German connection as we continue our monthly tradition at this exciting locale. We are looking forward to see you there!

SoCal 2014 World Trade Week Kick-Off Breakfast
Friday, May 02, 2014 07:15 AM - 10:30 AM
JW Marriott at L.A. Live, 900 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90015

GABA has again purchased VIP tables at this signature event of the LA Area Chamber to open the 2014 World-Trade Week celebrations. Join us together with members of the Consulate General of Germany and representatives of German industry and trade at the GABA VIP tables for a business breakfast. Governor Jerry Brown and LA Mayor Eric Garcetti will speak, Mattel Chairman and CEO Bryan Stockton will deliver the keynote to over 500 top executives expected at this year's World Trade Week Kick-Off Breakfast. Don't miss out this high-profile event!

SoCal - EUROMIXER San Diego
Wednesday, May 07, 2014 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
The Office of Mintz Levin, 3580 Carmel Mountain Road, Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92130

Please come and join GABA and other European organizations at the spectacular offices of Mintz Levin for another international business mixer, this time for sure with a keynote by Mike Armstrong. Don't miss this opportunity to further grow your network in Southern California.

Autonomous Vehicles - Are We There Yet?
Wednesday, May 07, 2014 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
WilmerHale Palo Alto, 950 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304

The event will outline the current state of key autonomous vehicle initiatives and explore the technological, business and market opportunities that will arise from one of the most significant innovations in our times. Please join us for an interactive meeting of insightful discussions from thought leaders and entrepreneurs.

GABA Stammtisch Alameda
Wednesday, May 07, 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. For directions, call (510) 522-1300. We are looking forward to see you there!

European Networking
Thursday, May 08, 2014 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Cooley, 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 wonderful European Networking Event. 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 San Francisco
Wednesday, May 14, 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!

GABA Stammtisch Sacramento
Thursday, May 15, 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 so we can reserve a table for the right number of people. We are looking forward to meet you there!

Rethink Water
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Bay Area Council Economic Institute, 353 Sacramento Street, 10th Floor, San Francisco

Water is a hot topic at the moment, especially with the drought in California. Join our panel of distinguished experts who will share their experience and insights on the topic.

GABA Stammtisch South Bay
Wednesday, May 21, 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 Santa Cruz
Wednesday, May 28, 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

FSI Stanford - Global Europe, from the Atlantic to the Pacific
Thursday, May 1, 2014 12:15 PM - 01:30 PM
McCaw Hall, Arrillaga Alumni Center, 326 Galvez Street, Stanford, CA

José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, will be at Stanford on May 1st to deliver his talk, "Global Europe, from the Atlantic to the Pacific." For further information please go to the website.

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

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 Guy Kawasaki, 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. Tickets to the conference are available here.

California Spain Chamber of Commerce - Professional Networking: Lessons from Successful Entrepreneurs
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fenwick & West LLP, 801 California St, Mountain View, CA

On May 14th, welcome 3 successful entrepreneurs that recently had a successful exit in the USA. All aspects of their experience will be discussed, including their rise to success, learning to scale and the process for a successful exit, selling the company to a big corporation. This event will be held at Fenwick & West LLP, Mountain View. For more information and registration,click here.

California Spain Chamber of Commerce - Investor Summit
Thursday, May 15, 2014 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
HP Auditorium, Building 20, Hewlett Packard, 3000 Hanover St, Palo Alto, CA

Come, meet, interact and network with VCs, angel investors, corporate Vc’s and CEOs and professionals of emerging companies. In a panel discussion a selected group of investors from the valley and Spain will discuss “The Future trends in the investment world”. This event is a unique opportunity of networking you won’t want to miss. This event will be held on May 15th at HP Auditorium, Palo Alto. For more information and registration, click here.

AGBC Event - Kurt Yeager: The Perfect Power Transformation - US Smart Grid Update
special Munich Network

Thursday, May 15, 2014 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Munich Network, Rosenheimerstr. 145i, Munich

Working in tandem with Curt Winnen at Munich Network, GABA Munich Chapter is organizing a joint Munich Network/American German Business Club (AGBC) event - a special Cleantech Event. The Guest Speaker, Kurt Yeager, will be visiting from Monterrey, California and provide them a highly informed update on program with the US Smart Grid. You as members of their GABA Munich Chapter are invited as well. For further information please go to the link and register in the Events Tool by Tuesday, 13th May.

Keizai Society U.S. - Demystifying Big Data
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 05:30 PM - 08:45 PM
Fenwick & West LLP, Silicon Valley Center, 801 California Street, Mountain View, CA 94041

The Keizai Society will hold an exciting and thought-provoking panel discussion on big data covering four main areas of interest, including big data analytics, mining big data, big data?s value to business, and personal privacy issues. With terabytes of data pouring in every day from smart phones to connected cars to social networks, the questions of how to manage big data, how to build a successful business model on big data, and how to maintain individual privacy are critical to life in this new era. Examples of how Japanese firms are working with US companies using big data to create new business opportunities will be a major draw to this engaging panel discussion. For further information please go to the link and register.

Oxford Leadership Academy - Leadership & Transformation: June 12-13th - Silicon Valley, CA, USA
June, 12 - 13, 2014
The Oxford Leadership Academy are delighted to offer the experience of the SML Program for the first time in the Bay Area as an open seminar. It will be an inspiring and interactive workshop with moments of deep personal reflection. Dozens of real life examples of personal and professional transformations as well as international best practices make this program especially beneficial. Learn how to lead a transformation from the inside-out. For further information please visit the website. GABA members can sign up for the non-profit rate.

New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate:
Global Upside, Inc.
YES Partners

Carroll, Burdick & McDonough LLP
Haeckl & Partner
Hessen Trade & Invest

Hopper Creek Winery

Individual Members:
Bain, Craig
Beer, Thomas
Blaesi, Thomas
Bleicher, Robert
Chenakal, Alexej
Fromherz, Markus
Fuchs, Axel
Gallagher, James
Gunther, Ed
Harms, Simone
Kohler, thomas
Kraft, Astrid
Lark, Michael
Lueth, Dirk
Mack, John
Menge, Jurgen
Muller, Peter
Ruppelt, Ulrike
Wiedmann, Heiko
Zahnbrecher, Markus

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

Interest Groups
IMG_8914 Wearable Devices - Where Have All The Computers Gone?
In April a high-profile panel with distinguished experts and audience were discussed the topic how far computers have developed and where they will go next. Computers have largely disappeared into the crevices of every-day devices from phones to dishwashers, cars, and baby toys. These transitions have a significant impact on a wide range of fields from social to economic to legal and they will change significantly how we lead our lives. It was a very inspiring and lively evening for everyone who was interested in next developments towards a time when the Web and smart phones feel a bit antiquated. Check out our video.
GABA's Interest Groups (IG's) provide resources and networking opportunities specific to each interest group:

Automotive IG
Clean Technology IG
Entrepreneurs & Venture Capital IG
Human Resources IG
Innovation IG
International IG
Life Sciences / Healthcare IG
Media & Entertainment IG
Software IG
Wireless / Mobile IG
Women in Business
Young Professionals IG

Member News

Enrollment at GAIS for next school year 2014-15 is in full swing. They still have 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 them at 650-324-8617 to schedule a private tour and find more information on

GISSV Berkeley and San Francisco locations will be offering German immersion camps this summer. Students will enjoy playing outside, creating craft projects, reading and much more, all in a nurturing, bilingual environment. For further information please visit

Global Upside
In April, Global Upside completed its first major acquisition, combining with San Jose-based Montgomery Professional Services Corporation to offer a broader range of services to companies worldwide. MPSC , whose clients include Cooper Companies and Twitter, provides recruiting, temporary staffing, and onsite outsourced accounting services. By combining forces, Global Upside will now be able to support clients in more ways, offering these services in addition to helping them transform their finance, accounting, and HR functions. Learn more about the merger and the new Global Upside here.

Osborne Clarke
Osborne Clarke recently launched a San Francisco office. Since launching its Palo Alto based Silicon Valley office in 2001, Osborne Clarke has been guiding leading US technology companies on their growth into and across the European market. OC's leading inward investment team has advised over 500 hundred fast-growing companies as well as established global businesses on their initial European launch and has a strong track record supporting those businesses on all their legal needs throughout the EU. Steve Wilson, Partner and Osborne Clarke's Head of Silicon Valley and SoMa offices said: "The launch of our SoMa office reflects the firm's sustained commitment to the US market as well as the growth we've seen within the tech sector in San Francisco". The new SoMa office will be overseen by Steve Wilson and permanently staffed by their leading European legal advisors from which they will serve the growing San Francisco market. For further information please go to their website. Check also the following links Legal Business, Business Leader, The Lawyer, Legal Week and Lawyer Press.

Job Opening

Sr. Director QA / Regulatory Affairs (Medical Devices) - SouthBay/San Jose
OPPORTUNITY Hands-on leader in Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance to join the team of a rapidly growing innovative medical device and diagnostics firm which is privately held and offering an open, entrepreneurial working environment. For additional information please contact and visit the GABA Jobmarket.

Culture Selection

"Windows between Cultures" Paintings by Peter Dittmar
Exhibition opening May 1, 2014 at 06:30 PM
Exhibition: May 2 - 30, 2014
Goethe-Institut San Francisco, ART-Lounge, 530 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA

From May 2 - May 30 the Goethe-Institut San Francisco is exhibiting the work of German artist Peter Dittmar whose artwork is greatly influenced by Hindu-Buddhist beliefs. Exhibition opening May 1, 2014 at 6:30 pm. At the Goethe-Institut San Francisco, ART-Lounge. For more information please visit the website.
For further information contact:

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