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Main Exec Headshot B Holzapfel
We are pleased to annouce that Barbara Holzapfel has joined the German American Business Association Board of Directors.
Barbara currently serves as Chief Marketing Officer at Addepar, responsible for all elements of marketing and communications for the company.
Previously, Barbara was Senior Vice President and Managing Director of SAP Labs North America, responsible for strategy and operations in the US and Canada. She drove innovation strategies for SAP Labs NA, launched new innovation channels and successfully transformed market perception. She directed key innovations in Mobile, Cloud, and Big Data and incubated a new partner ecosystem. In addition, she was part of SAP’s Global Leadership Team.

Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director
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GABA Events

Design Thinking
Wednesday, Nov 05, 2014 04:45 PM - 08:00 PM
SAP, Palo Alto, 3410 Hillview Avenue, Building 1, Palo Alto, CA 94304

Join us for either/or both: the hands-on workshop on creative design thinking and the panel of distinguished experts who will share their experience and insights on design thinking!

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

Breaking Borders - Germany Meets Hollywood
Monday, Nov 10, 2014 06:00 PM - 09:30 PM (Pacific)
Annenberg Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica, CA 90402

Please join us as we host an international panel of film industry executives including Academy Award nominated producer Lawrence Bender (Inglourious Basterds, Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting), Schuyler Moore, a mainstay on Hollywood Reporter's "Power Lawyers" list and a Variety Top 25 entertainment lawyer, and Martin Moskowicz, Chairman of the Executive Board of Germany-based Constantin Film, and producer of more than 150 films and numerous television shows. Pre-registration only - No registration at the door available!

Networking Mixer with European Cleantech Innovators
Tuesday, Nov 11, 2014 04:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Nixon Peabody LLP, One Embarcadero Center, 18th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111

Join us to meet and celebrate top Cleantech innovators from Europe and around the world. Reserve early as places are limited for this special evening with these great innovators. This event is a must-attend for anyone interested in new technologies, new startups, or new trends in the Cleantech industry.

International M&A - Strategies For Going Global
Wednesday, Nov 12, 2014 07:30 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific
Rocket Space, 180 Sansome Street, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94104

Interested in expanding globally? Considering M&A in a cross border transaction? Don't miss this panel of seasoned experts as they cover the key issues that most US tech companies face when acquiring abroad. International finance, accounting, and legal experts will discuss the most critical points to deliver a successful international acquisition. Come and join us for a discussion on some of the key issues to consider.

GABA Stammtisch San Francisco - November
Wednesday, Nov 12, 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 South Bay
Wednesday, Nov 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!

GABA Stammtisch Santa Cruz
Wednesday, Nov 19, 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 GABA Santa Cruz Stammtisch! Because of Thanksgiving and Christmas, we will exceptionally meet on the third Wednesday in November and December. Please come and join us at the Crepe Place in Santa Cruz! We look forward to meeting you there!

GABA Stammtisch Sacramento
Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 09:00 PM - 11:00 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's online event calendar for more information and to register!
Partner Events

NETVA 2014 ENTREPRENEURSHIP WEEK - Keys to Success for Foreign Entrepreneurs in the US
Wednesday Wednesday, Nov 05, 2014 06:00 AM - 09:00 PM Pacific
Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, One Market Spear Street Tower, San Francisco, CA 94105

Join the Consulate General of France, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP and FACCSF, for an evening of discussion on the keys to success for foreign entrepreneurs. Learn about all the business, IP and funding options for your venture when you start in the Bay Area as well as issues related to Intellectual Property, Transactional, legal services and the regulatory and industry-focused practices such as Life Sciences, Technology, Energy, Antitrust, and Securities. The discussion will focus on opportunities and challenges entrepreneurs encounter during their journey to the US. It's free, open to all - most of the Morgan Lewis partners will be there for a discussion and Q&A.

Toward Green-Tech Cities: Europe meets the Bay Area
Thursday, Nov 06, 2014 05:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Fort Mason Center, Conference Center (building A), 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94123

Cities and Regions around the globe are taking the lead in adopting new technologies to reduce energy intensity and carbon footprint. This is especially true of Europe and of California, namely the Bay Area, which are leading the way in sustainable urban planning, smart grids and green cities. Come and join for a conversation with policy makers and business leaders on how the Bay Area and Europe can address this challenge cooperatively. Click here for further information and registration!

Open Mobile Summit
Monday, Nov 10, 2014 - Tuesday, Nov 11, 2014 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM Pacific
Mission Bay Conference Center, San Francisco

The Open Mobile Summit attracts over 500 leading mobile executives from the most influential consumer facing brands, alongside the major MNO's and device players that are at heart of the mobile ecosystem. It's the event to meet mobile strategists from a wide range of B2C brands and companies to share and explore how to optimize your product experience through mobile technology. Click here for further information and registration.

Automotive Tech.AD Detroit 2014
Monday, Nov 17, 2014 - Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014 08:00 AM - 05:00 AM
Detroit Marriott Troy, 200 W. Big Beaver Rd., Troy, Michigan 48084, USA

we.CONECT invites senior level executives and leading professionals in the field of autonomous driving from all over the world to the first Automotive Tech.AD 2014 Detroit to envision the vibrant future of ADAS and self-driving cars. Today, autonomous driving is already a reality in sectors initially not taken into consideration. The industry knows: autonomous driving will disrupt the market faster than the consumer may think and provoke more complex issues than professionals might expect. Come and join the leading interactive highlight conference from Germany to discuss the advanced and pressing technological, safety-, risk-, social- and legal tasks of autonomous driving together with a thriving international community of automotive expert peers. For further information and registration please click here.

Keizai Society: CrowdFinancing: Moving Beyond Kickstarter
Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 05:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, 650 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304

As CrowdFinancing moves to the mainstream, developments such as public CrowdFinancing sites and broker dealer issues are arising as well. New opportunities in ancillary markets such as online escrow and money transfer solutions are also appearing. The panel will discuss these and other aspects of today's CrowdFinancing environment.

FACC: La Soirée: The French-American Gastronomy & Wine Show
Friday Nov 21, 2014 07:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Terra & Mer Gallery, 511 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

For its 33rd edition, La Soirée goes glam with a Hollywood & Cannes theme, showcasing the creme de la creme of French and Californian food & wine products. Gourmets, wine enthusiasts and hedonists, this event is for you. Get your red carpet outfit and join this event!

11th Annual Global California Conference
Wednesday, Dec 03, 2014 08:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Cocoanut Grove at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, 400 Beach St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060

The "Super Region" of California: S.F. Bay, Silicon Valley, Monterey Bay, this region represents the innovation center of the world leading in computer, life science, environmental, marine science and agriculture technologies. The region's unique start up and investment culture is matched by its rare and effective partnership with higher education all taking place in one of the most beautiful environments in the world. Come and join the coference for an information packed day and become a part of the global audience for this event and learn first-hand how you can become an innovation leader of your own.

New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate:
BMW Group Technology Office

Lever X

Fuessel Law
Silicon Valley Corporate Relocation, LLC

Individual Members:
Ankenbrand, Ricarda
Arendt, Markus
Arnold, Friedrich (student)
Bartschat, Steffen
Becker, Ulrich
Blake, Rachelle
Boeven, Jim
Bruderlin, Armin
Chamberlain, Richard
Chen, Angel
Cleary, Linda
Duester, Thomas
Ellsiepen, Tim
Grose, Tracey
Holcomb, Jr., John
Horstmann, Jens
Ide, Kerstin
Jetter, Bettina
Kappeta, Eswar
Karlovac, Harvey
King, Cheryl
Kumpf, Jason
Purps, Sabine
Putz, Bernard
Schiffin, Paul Anton
Schmidt, Howard
Schwarz-Gondek, Nicolai
Shearer, Cody
Siegloch, Marco
Soroquere, Chloe
Tyschak, Britta
Willmann, Martin
Zimmer, Jeanne

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

Interest Groups
Startup Insights, Oct 22, 2014 Startup Insights and Networking
The Bavarian U.S. Offices for Economic Development and German-American startup community came together and met successful serial entrepreneurs and mentors such as Andy von Bechtolsheim, Chairman and Chief Development Officer at Arista Networks, Rich Miller, CEO, Telematica Inc. Axel Schultze, Founder of BlueRoads, Computer 2000, Infinigate and Society3. Our expert panel shared their experience and discussed how to establish and strengthen the cross-Atlantic links to startups, corproates, academia and policy makers.
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

FrankfurtRheinMain Corp.
FrankfurtRheinMain Corp. proudly announces the opening of the Frankfurt office of uSamp, the technology leader in providing targeted audiences for global consumer and business insights. As the premier IT location in Europe, uSamp's EMEA office takes advantage of Frankfurt's unique IT infrastructure and proximity to its European customers. uSamp is one of several California based companies with an office opening in FrankfurtRheinMain in the last 12 months, strengthening the region's position as Germany's number one location for U.S. businesses with over 1,000 companies represented.

SAP Startup Focus
SAP launched Startup Focus as a global program to help promising startups in the Big Data, predictive and/or real-time analytics space develop new applications on SAP HANA and accelerate market traction. Over 1500 startups are building their solutions on the SAP HANA platform. Join them to see what SAP can do for your startup or subscribe to their informative monthly newsletter or just blog here.

GAIS Open House
GAIS Open House in Menlo Park on Monday November 10th. The International Baccalaureate School of Silicon Valley offers IB Preschool, Elementary School, Middle School, and High School programs. Come for an IB introduction, program overviews, tours, concert, and in-session calssroom observation. Please click here to RSVP or send an email to [email protected].

Solid Health Insurance Services
With the introduction of the Affordable Care Act health insurance seems complicated. Open enrollment starts November 15, 2014 and ends February 15, 2015. In this timeframe consumers have the opportunity to enroll in a new health plan, make changes to existing plans or switch carriers. Solid Health Insurance Services helps with explaining different metal tier health plans, evaluate if you qualify for subsidy at Covered California, find insurance carriers that cover preferred doctors, or choose a health plan that best fits your needs and budget.

Culture Selection

Third Generation East - Who We Are, What We Want
Friday, Nov 21, 2014, 6:30 PM
Goethe-Institut San Francisco, ART-Lounge, 530 Bush Street, San Francisco

More than 2,4 million East Germans experienced die Wende (German term for the big change in Germany when the wall came down) 1989 as children and teens. Born in the GDR but raised in the Federal Republic of Germany they experienced a radical change of a whole country. Read more ...
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]