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We are very proud and honored to announce that the GABA Lifetime Achievement Award 2015 goes to Prof. Dr. h.c. mult. Hasso Plattner.
Prof. Dr. Plattner is one of the founders of SAP and has been Chairman of the Supervisory Board since May 2003. The award will be presented to Prof. Dr. Plattner at the GABA Gala 2015, for more information about the award and Gala tickets, please visit our Gala website.
Prof. Dr. Plattner joins our growing list of outstanding GABA award winners such as Co-Founder of Sun Andy Bechtolsheim, President Emeritus of Stanford University Gerhard Casper and Founder of Google X Sebastian Thrun.

Caroline Raynaud
Executive Director

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GABA Events

GABA Stammtisch SoCal
Thursday, July 03, 2014 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday, August 07, 2014 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM TBD

Enjoy mingling and networking with friends or colleagues who are interested in fostering the Californian-German connection as we continue our monthly tradition at an exciting locale. For more information regarding this Stammtisch or future ones, please contact Daniela Treptow at [email protected]

GABA/AGBC Munich Shared Event - US Independence Day Celebration - 6th July
Sunday, July 6, 2014 12:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Waldwirtschaft Grosshesselohe, Georg-Kalb-Str. 3, 82049 München-Pullach
As in past years, we will celebrate the 4th of July on the following Sunday (6th July) so that many can attend. Members of the other Munich International Networking Groups (MING) will attend as well. Held in the Waldwirtschaft Biergarten, the festivities begin around noon and continue throughout the afternoon. Please plan to join us for networking … and loads of fun and food, featuring! A cool mix of rock, pop, soul and country music with Munich's (and New York's) Linda Jo Rizzo, Mini Golf, attractions for kids and adults, and a grill with steaks and special Kobe-beef hamburgers. It's a great opportunity to meet new people and to expand your networks. This is a pay as you consume event.

GABA Stammtisch San Francisco
Wednesday, July 09, 2014 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Triptych bar/restaurant/art gallery, 1155 Folsom Street, San Francisco
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!

International Summer Business Mixer & Business Showcase
Thursday, July 10, 2014 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
NEWPORT BEACH COUNTRY CLUB, 1600 E Coast Highway, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Join GABA as we meet again with our European friends and others to enjoy a beautiful Southern California evening at the NEWPORT BEACH COUNTRY CLUB!

GABA Stammtisch South Bay
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 07:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Wednesday, August 20, 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!

Young Professional Networking Mixer
Thursday, July 17, 2014 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
WilmerHale Palo Alto, 950 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304

This is a networking mixer for the many young professionals and recent graduates starting their professional careers in the Bay area.

GABA Stammtisch Sacramento
Thursday, July 17, 2014 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Thursday, August 21, 2014 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Hampton's 608 Sutter St. 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. Hampton's offers an array of beers on tap including German style lagers. Please RSVP to [email protected] so we can reserve a table for the right number of people. We are looking forward to meet you there!

GABA Stammtisch Santa Cruz
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday, August 27, 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! Join us at Woodstocks Pizza SC in Santa Cruz! We are looking forward to meet you there!

GABA Stammtisch Alameda
Wednesday, August 06, 2014 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Avenue, Alameda
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!

Electric Vehicles Pole Position or Flat Tire?
Thursday, August 7, 2014 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Nissan Research Center - Silicon Valley, 1215 Bordeaux Dr, Sunnyvale, CA

A few years have passed since traditional and new automakers have launched their electric vehicle models. Despite growing consumer interest in EVs, overall sales continue to lack from most automakers' projections. Is it just a question of time before EVs sales will accelerate instantly or are more technology innovations, financial incentives, or product appeal needed to extend EVs market reach? Learn about today's state of EVs, the business and technology opportunities and challenges and consumers? powertrain preferences.

The Second Coming of the Internet of Things
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
SAP, Palo Alto, 3421 Hillview Avenue Building 2, First Floor Palo Alto, CA 94304

Join our panel of distinguished experts who will share their experience and insights on the up-to-date on this year's hottest trends and how to separate the real from the hype.

GABA Sommerfest and Newcomer Fair 2014
Sunday, August 24, 2014 03:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Cuesta Park, 615 Cuesta Drive, Mountain View, CA

Join us as we celebrate GABA's annual Sommerfest - enjoy cold beer & brezel, Wein & Wurst, soda & salad or fizz & fish - whatever you choose, we'll have lots of fun! 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!

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

Partner Events

Intersolar North America (Multi-day)
Exhibition July 08 - July 10, 2014
Conference July 07 - July 09, 2014
Moscone Center, 747 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Join North America's most-attended solar event and take advantage of GABAs Partnership with Intersolar!
Engage with 18,000 professionals and 550 exhibitors and take an in-depth look at the industry's hottest topics at the InterContinental Hotel (Conference) and Moscone West Hall (Exhibition). The main areas of focus are PV, Solar Heating & Cooling and new in the range: Energy Storage. Stay informed and implement your business strategies - Intersolar offers a variety of interesting conference & exhibition programs! Take advantage from your free promo code to the exhibition halls with entering the Priority Code ISNAGRP218 you can register free of charge until show dates and save up to $150! GABA members receive 10% discount on Intersolar's Conference Programs: Intersolar Full Package, PV Package, Energy Storage Package & Day Tickets. Your Promo Code: ISNAGRP161011! For more information and registration please visit the website.

Wearable Technologies Conference 2014 | USA (Multi-day)
July 8 - July 9, 2014
Fort Mason, Festival Pavilion, San Francisco, CA 94109

The entire Wearable Technologies ecosystem from chip vendors, integrators, network providers, product and service solution providers to distribution networks will be gathering at the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center in beautiful San Francisco. Established and emerging companies, creative thinkers, artists, designers and media will join together to explore and invent the latest trends and developments. See product launches of the hottest new wearables, hear discussions about opportunities and challenges in this business, learn about the most innovative enabling technologies and meet influential new contacts. At the WT Innovation Show, attendees can test products and see demos live at the venue. The WTconference is the definitive event to experience the best, newest and most important developments in the category. Hurry and save your spot today - last year, the show sold out well in advance! Register now with this code Unlock_Regular, until July 3 and get the tickets for our regular price! For further information and registration please visit www.wearable-technologies.com.

New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate:
NRW Invest
VW - Test Center California

Global Mobility Tax,LLP

Individual Members:
Heiss, Elke
Mueller-Schubert, Andreas
Schott, Helmut
Visvanathan, Skanda

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

Inside GABA
IMG_1176 So far the German team cruised to a first-place in the "Group of Death" and the games has been fun and exciting to wach. Now Germany is playing France in the Quarter-final.
Don't miss the chance to enjoy the game and support the German team with us at Stein's Beer Garden in Mountain View on Friday, July 4th at 9:00AM. What a way to kick off the 4th of July weekend.
Interest Groups
IMG_1206 International Expansion: What Every Startup Needs to Know
In today's globalized world, a young company can launch its products into international markets very quickly. Product development and production can also be located in overseas markets early in a company's life, to leverage the global talent base. But there are many important legal, organizational, administrative, financial, and operational issues that must be understood and taken into consideration to ensure that international expansion is implemented efficiently, to expedite the process, to maximize opportunities, and to avoid creating problems later on. Being opportunistic must not mean remaining ignorant of critical rules, regulations, and processes. Our experts discussed in a panel key issues and offered advice based on many years of real-world experience advising or managing startups and large companies.
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

German International School of Silicon Valley - Berkeley Campus
The German International School GISSV in Berkeley still has openings for ALL grades (Preschool-Grade 7) for the 2014-15 school year! The GISSV offers an ambitious curriculum that focuses on bilingual education and its application in natural and social studies as well as in arts and sports. Visit their beautiful campus in the Berkeley Hills. Please contact [email protected].

Global Upside Inc. 
Global Upside has settled into its new home at 4300 Stevens Creek Boulevard in San Jose. The new, larger headquarters provides ample space for continued growth as well as bringing together the Global Upside team with the recently acquired Montgomery Professional Services Corporation team. With both companies combined, the enlarged Global Upside is now able to offer onsite finance and accounting support and permanent and temporary staff placement, in addition to its traditional services of outsourced finance, accounting, and HR support, all delivered with a focus on quality, timeliness, and client service. For more information visit www.globalupside.com.

SAP Gateway for Microsoft, a new product recently launched by SAP, provides robust interoperability between SAP and Microsoft applications, so users can securely access, modify, create and interact with SAP data from their most natural Microsoft environment. It delivers ready-to-use templates, so SAP tasks can be accessed and completed within Outlook and SAP data can be queried, updated and created using Microsoft Excel. The many business benefits to using SAP Gateway for Microsoft include:

  • Timely and informed decision making based on instant and easy access to critical data
  • Streamlined business processes due to minimized navigation to multiple screens and applications
  • Increased user productivity by leveraging the Microsoft application users are most comfortable with
  • Optimized value of existing SAP and Microsoft investments
Read the joint announcement made by SAP & Microsoft on their expanded global partnership, which features SAP Gateway for Microsoft. To learn more about SAP Gateway for Microsoft, please visit www.sap.com, SAP Community Network and the SAP-Gartner newsletter, which expounds on how the product can help you quickly adapt to the speed of business.

Smaato Inc.
Successful Global Monetization Strategies for Mobile Apps & Websites
"Smaato's latest white paper series provides mobile publishers and app developers with the monetization strategies needed to solve ad network inefficiencies and get the most benefit from a robust, global mobile ad exchange." Download the White Paper here. Also you can find here a list of events Smaato is participating.


Job Opening

GISSV - Director of Development
The Director of Development will serve on the senior management team and plan, coordinate, and manage the fundraising strategy and execution of GISSV's capital campaign, annual fund, and grants program; and also will coordinate donor recognition events. Part time and full time considered. This position is located at the Mountain View campus with travel to the Berkeley and San Francisco campuses about once per week. For further information please visit GABA Job Market.

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

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (SFJFF) - German entries co-presented by Goethe-Institut San Francisco
Thursday, July 24 - Sunday, August 10, 2014
Castro Theatre, 429 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA

A graduate student in Berlin, Noa seems to be on the right track: She has almost completed her thesis and has just moved in with her German musician boyfriend, Jörg. But when her grant application is turned down, and her advisor deems her project?a dictionary of words that defy translation?unsuitable, all the pressures of living in a foreign country far away from her native Israel are too much for the already stressed-out Noa to handle.
Director Ester Amrami's prize-winning first feature "Anywhere Else" is an endearing film about family, home, the feeling of being lost in translation and ultimately finding your place somewhere in between. For tickets and more information click 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]