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The GABA summer program is not only filled with high-profile panels but also offers wonderful opportunities for fun and casual gatherings.
Join fellow German soccer fans in June for our Soccer World Cup 2014 events. Enjoy the game with our German community and root for our team. And don't miss our famous annual Sommerfest and our first Newcomer Fair where you can get information regarding immigration, insurance, finances, housing and/or just general advice about life as a German in the U.S. Get all your questions answered and make connections while enjoying a cold beer & brezel. If your business provides services of interest for new arrivals from Germany, contact us today at [email protected] as the exhibition spaces are filling up fast.

Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director



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GABA Events

GABA Stammtisch Alameda 
Wednesday, Jun 04, 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 look forward to seeing you there!

SoCal Stammtisch - Steingarten LA
Thursday, Jun 05, 2014 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
10543 West Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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.

GABA Stammtisch San Francisco
Wednesday, Jun 11, 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!

Soccer World Cup 2014
Monday, Jun 16, 2014 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Steins Beer Garden, 895 Villa Street, Mountain View, CA 94041

There is no better way to watch soccer/football/Fußball than with friends and fellow supporters so please join us to watch Germany versus Portugal in the FIFA World Cup 2014 at Steins in Mountain View. No RSVP needed, free to attend, no-host bar! Kick-off is 9:00 AM.

GABA Stammtisch South Bay
Wednesday, Jun 18, 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, Jun 19, 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 look forward to meeting you there!

Europe and the US between NSA, TTIP and Ukraine: Common policy or drifting apart?
Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Bay Area Council Economic Institute, 353 Sacramento St, 10th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111

Transatlantic relations are undergoing considerable strain: the NSA has caused considerable damage of the relationship, especially in Germany. Reflections are out that Europe would need to engage into a bold cyber initiative ("Euro-cloud") to counter the US dominance of that technology. In the meantime, the TTIP agreement constitutes and effort to bring the "West" together and to institutionalize trade relations in a new way, so as to guarantee the supremacy over the international regulatory agenda; and the events in Ukraine have seen a clear commitment to have a common position with respect to Russia. Don't miss this unique opportunity to discuss foreign relations with a European leader.

Soccer World Cup 2014
Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Steins Beer Garden, 895 Villa Street, Mountain View, CA 94041

There is no better way to watch soccer/football/Fußball than with friends and fellow supporters so please join us to watch Germany versus Ghana in the FIFA World Cup 2014 at Steins in Mountain View. No RSVP needed, free to attend, no-host bar! Kick-off is 12:00 PM.

International Expansion: What Every Startup Needs to Know
Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Bingham McCutchen, 3 Embarcadero Center, 27th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111

In this panel discussion, five experts will discuss how small companies can take advantage of global opportunities. Members of the panel will offer advice based on many years of real-world experience advising or managing startups and large companies. Don't miss out this event!

GABA Stammtisch Santa Cruz
Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Woodstocks Pizza SC, 710 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Come to mingle and network every fourth Wednesday of the month in the very casual environment of our traditional GABA Stammtisch at GABA Santa Cruz Stammtisch, every fourth Wednesday of the month! Join us at Woodstocks Pizza SC in Santa Cruz! We look forward to meeting you there!!

TTIP - The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 07:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Marriott Hotel, Berlinerstr. 93, 80505 Munich

At this Munich Network/ AGBGC/ GABA event Christina Sharkey and John Crosby will provide an open discussion about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership from their perspective running the Commercial and Economic Sections of the U.S. Consulate General in Munich. They will address many of the issues of concern that are consistently raised in the German media and will share their take from the point of view of the American negotiators. They hope to dispel some of the myths that have arisen while focusing on the positive aspects of the agreement. Cost Eur 25 for AGBC Members, Eur 35 for Guests and is payable at registration at the Marriott. Please register in the Events tool at www.agbc.de (right side of homepage, Munich Chapter section) by Monday, 23rd June.

Soccer World Cup 2014
Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Steins Beer Garden, 895 Villa Street, Mountain View, CA 94041

There is no better way to watch soccer/football/Fußball than with friends and fellow supporters so please join us to watch Germany versus the USA in the FIFA World Cup 2014 at Steins in Mountain View. No RSVP needed, free to attend, no-host bar! Kick-off is 9:00 AM.

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

Next Step Webinar: 2020 Vision How Current Tech & Business Trends affect You
Thursday, June 12, 2014 8:00 AM - 9:00 Am (PDT)
It is undeniable - we are living in a global economy with rapidly accelerating change. What is driving the consumerization, 24x7 worklife blend and movement 'to the Cloud'? At this webinar Industry experts Sophia Abramovitz, CEO of Norton Enterprise International and Next Step's CEO Jennifer Vessels will debate the drivers of change and how these changes provide opportunity for the industry and the economy. Next Step will look into how these changes impact you and your business - creating a strategy and improving the business model to remain relevant in the changing global marketplace.

CalSpain: Designing Your Future: Career Building Hacks for Success
Thursday, June 12, 2014 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Microsoft - Silicon Valley Campus, 1065 La Avenida St, Mountain View, CA 94043
PART I: Building your career. The Interview Process (5:00 - 7:00pm)
This workshop will provide you practical tips on how to create an effective linked in profile, resume and to prepare a successful interview. Get feedback and advise from the experts and professionals.
PART II: Networking Wizardry. Influence at Work (6:30 - 9:00pm)
Whether you are an entrepreneur, a job seeker or in any position where you need to influence others quickly - you will learn the best social wizardry skills to build positive relationships fast. Learn why some people seemingly have an endless capability to attract positive attention, communicate in a compelling way and meet and exceed their professional goals.

Intersolar North America - The most-attended Solar Exhibition in the United States
Exhibition: July 08, 2014 - July 10, 2014
Conference: July 07, 2014 - July 09, 2014
Moscone Center, 747 Howard St, San Francisco, CA

Take your chance to register for INTERSOLAR - North America's most-attended solar event ? free expo passes are available for GABA supporters! GABA is pleased to announce the continuing partnership with Intersolar North America. Be in the center of solar deal-making and join 18,000 visitors and 600 exhibitors at Intersolar North America. With nearly 18,000 verified visitors from around 80 countries, the 2013 event had the largest attendance of any solar show in the United States! We are pleased that Intersolar continues to be held in San Francisco - the heart of the U.S. solar industry - to advance market growth in California and beyond. Take advantage from your free promo code to the exhibition halls (Intersolar & the co-located SEMICON West). With entering the Priority Code ISNAGRP218 you can register free of charge until show dates and save up to $150! Connect with up to 600 exhibitors representing the key fields of solar energy technology.

New and Renewing Members

Kenyon & Kenyon LLP
optegra GmbH & Co.KG

Brix and Partners LLC
Nettesheim Leadership
Open Domain, Inc.
Woodfour Brewing Co. LLC

Individual Members:
Aldrich, Daniela
Binkert, Brigitte
Feuerherdt, Franz
Finet, Etienne
Goodman, Josef
Helbig, Natascha
Kostepen, Hakan
Langdon, Chris
Linse, Isabel
O'Connell, David
Paganucci, Michael
Richard, Jeremy
Schreiner, Herta
Schulz, Mathias
Sellers, Rober
Wiesner, Christie

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

Inside GABA
Please welcome Claudia Klett as new member of our SoCal team. Claudia brings in a strong Marketing and PR background and has volunteered to take responsibility for Membership and PR of the Southern California Chapter.

For more information on how to become a GABA Member, visit our website to sign up online or contact [email protected]
Interest Groups
DSC_0041 Autonomous Vehicles - Are We There Yet?
Over 100 participants gathered at our Autonomous Vehicles event to attend this panel of distinguished experts and audience the state of key autonomous vehicle initiatives and to explore the technological, business and market opportunities that will arise from one of the most significant innovations in our times. A recent Gartner study shows that 30 percent of all U.S. drivers are interested in getting self-driving features in their next new vehicle. There are not many other topics that have ignited people's imagination of what could happen and how it will change our lives like the prospect of self-driving and autonomous vehicles. Most of these changes seem positive, but robot vehicles might also lead to new business models and undesired consequences for companies and drivers.
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

Bavarian U.S. Offices for Economic Development, LLC
As the economic engine of Europe, Germany is an attractive country to consider when planning to expand your revenues overseas. Compliance with in-country regulations, tax strategy, and human resource considerations can be challenging to North American businesses. Watch this recorded webinar to learn more about doing business in Germany.

Bosch is currently cooperating with CBYX (Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange), a special governmental exchange program for young professionals and would like to continue with the program in the future. CBYX is a reciprocal, public-diplomacy fellowship that gives 75 German young professionals the opportunity to live with an American host, study at a local college, and complete a six-month paid internship in their career field. Currently the Cultural Vistas is looking at placing a student in the Bay area to study at De Anza College (in Cupertino) and complete an internship with Robert Bosch LLC (in Palo Alto). If you live in the area and are interested in hosting a German CBYX participant starting in late August 2014 through June 2015 please contact Zoe Stroebel at [email protected]. For more information, please visit www.cbyx.info/homestay.

Euro VAT Refund
Euro VAT Refund's CEO Britta Eriksson speaks at International Trade Conference; Discover Global Markets: Europe Business Forum in Los Angeles, California, June 3-4, 2014. This Europe-focused event is organized by the U.S. Commercial Service and the DEC of Southern California, and it will include high-ranking U.S. government officials, visiting U.S. commercial diplomats and business leaders from Germany and other EU countries. For further details, please visit "Discover Global Markets: Europe Business Forum".

The German-American School of Palo Alto is your summer camp head quarters for all things German (and full immersion we might add)! Spaces are still available for their summer camp program and registration is also open for the 2014/2015 school year. All program details can be found on our website: www.gaspa-ca.org.

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Successful Global Monetization Strategies for Mobile Apps and Websites
Smaato, the leading global mobile Real-Time Bidding (RTB) ad exchange (SMX) and Supply Side Platform (SSP), today releases its first in a series of white papers intended to help mobile publishers create a successful monetization strategy for their apps or mobile websites on a global scale. Download the White Paper here.
The Rise of Mobile RTB Watch the insightful video of the rise of mobile RTB presented by Smaato Chief Strategy Officer Ajitpal Pannu.
Native Ads: Jargon or welcome change? Read Smaato's newest blog post to learn more from their Senior Director of Product Strategy Garrett McGrath.

Job Opening

FPGA Design Engineer (San Jose / SouthBay)
On behalf of their client YES Partners is recruiting a FPGA Design Engineer. The company is a leading provider of embedded systems development tools for engineers. The company is growing, profitable and debt-free. For more information visit the website!

Smaato Inc.
Currently there are few latest job openings at Smaato. For more information please visit the following sites: Jobs in San Francisco, Jobs in Hamburg, Jobs in Singapore

Culture Selection

"How to love San Francisco - One year in the City by the Bay" Book launch
In cooperation with Goethe Institut

The story of a spirited young woman who finds adventure in San Francisco. By crossing continents Hanni, in her mid twenties, starts a new life ? with unexpected hurdles: Not only will she get infected by the Silicon Valley virus to start her own company, but also will she fall head over heels in love with an American guy who disenchants her understanding of relationships. Sacrificing German realism for American optimism, Hanni navigates the ups and downs of this bizarre new world. A rousing, fresh twist on the travel memoir, How to love San Francisco ? One year in the City by the Bay takes you on a year-long excursion of life in the least American city - loaded with culture clashes, international friendships and inside information what San Francisco is all about.
Johanna Lehmann, an award-winning San Francisco-based writer just launched her upcoming travel memoir on Indiegogo. GABA members can pre-order the book before everyone else and get an exclusive invitation to the book reading party when ordering before 5th of June! Read a free chapter here.
For further information contact:

German American Business Association
Phone: +1 (650) 386-5015, Fax : +1 (415) 276-2375
http://www.gaba-network.org, Email: [email protected]