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We are excited that GABA's Third Annual Gala was such a great success! We celebrated Lifetime Achievement Award winner Hasso Plattner as well as two promising German-American startups, ParStream and Smaato! With more than 200 guests in attendance and over 130 companies represented, this was also an excellent networking opportunity.

In case you missed the event, catch up and check out the pictures and the video of the interview with Hasso Plattner.
Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director
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GABA Events

Rebooting Europe's High-Tech Industry
Wednesday, Feb 04, 2015 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Bay Area Council Economic Institute,
353 Sacramento St., 10th Floor, San Francisco

A healthy high-tech sector is an engine for innovation that can give European companies a leg up in a highly competitive environment. Yet, as research over the past few years has shown, Europe’s high-tech industry is declining. What is the future of European High-Tech and, in particular, what can the Silicon Valley community of European companies do to bolster its development.

GABA Stammtisch Alameda
Wednesday, Feb 04, 2015 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 seeing you there!

SoCal Stammtisch
Thursday, Feb 05, 2015 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Sinder Lounge Marina del Rey Marriott, 4100 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey

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.

AGBC/GABA Munich Shared Event - 2015 Kick-Off
Tuesday, Feb 10, 2015 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Kirr Royal, Rosenheimerstr. 30, Munich

Let's get off to a great networking start in 2015. Our Kick-off offers a rewarding opportunity for members and guests to help get the year off to a great start by introducing the AGBC (American-German Business Club Munich e.V.) and GABA to their friends, colleagues, business partners and members of other Munich Area groups. The atmosphere will be casual, the focus on networking - we meet to discuss business opportunities and the myriad "topics of the day" and areas of mutual interest, while broadening our business contact bases. This will be a fun event - the Kirr Royal is set in 1985. You might even hear some music from the Spider Murphy Gang, Falco and Depeche Mode. The cost is Eur 20.00 for a great buffet of appetizers and finger food. As usual we ask each participant to separately pay for her or his drinks. And please be sure to sign up in the Events section of the AGBC website: www.agbc.de

GABA Stammtisch San Francisco
Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Schmidt's, 2400 Folsom Street (at 20th Street), San Francisco

The GABA San Francisco Stammtisch has a new location! We will now meet every second Wednesday of the month at Schmidt's on 2400 Folsom Street in San Francisco. We look forward to seeing newcomers and regulars at our SF Stammtisch. Please join us and enjoy mingling and networking with friends or colleagues. It should be easy to spot us in the main room when you enter. No RSVP needed. Willkommen!

GABA Stammtisch South Bay
Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015 07:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Esther's German Bakery and Café, 987 N San Antonio Rd, Los Altos

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!

Digital Health: Changing the Healthcare Paradigm
Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM Pacific
Cross Campus, 929 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica

Join GABA for a discussion about how digital health is transforming medicine. Electronic health records, sensor technologies, big data analytics and the quantified self are changing the way medical care is delivered and how patients manage their health. A panel of clinical and technology experts will discuss the potential and implications of digital health for healthcare, business and the larger economy.

GABA Stammtisch Santa Cruz
Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 06:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz

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! Please come and join us at the Crepe Place in Santa Cruz! We are looking forward to meeting you there!

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

Venture Summit | West
Tuesday - Wednesday, Feb 10 - 11, 2015 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View

Come meet, interact and network with more than 500 VCs, Corporate VCs, angel investors, investment bankers and CEOs of early stage and emerging growth companies at the prestigious Venture Summit | West. Whether you're a startup seeking capital and exposure or an investor seeking new deals, Venture Summit West presented by young Startup Ventures - is one event you won't want to miss. A highly productive full-day venture conference, Venture Summit West is dedicated to showcasing early VCs, Corporate VCs and angel investors committed to funding venture backed, emerging and early stage companies. This exclusive summit will feature a distinguished line up of more than 70 investors on interactive panels; presentations by more than 50 Top innovators seeking funding, and high-level networking opportunities.
GABA has made special arrangements for our network to receive a special discount of $100.00 off of the registration fee! Use the link below and enter discount code "gabavip" to receive the special discount http://www.youngstartup.com/west2015/overview.php. In addition to providing access to leading investors, the conference will feature more than 50 pre-screened early stage and emerging growth companies seeking capital, and hardcore networking.

American-German Business Club e.V. (AGBC)
Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 06:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Marriott Hotel, Berliner Str. 93, 80805 Munich (north Schwabing)

In 2015, GABA members are again invited to join the AGBC at the monthly meetings, held the last Wednesday of each month. For the February meeting, Dan Norenberg, Senior Partner at N Vision Learning Solutions GmbH, will lead an inspiring discussion on "Learning to Stand Out in a Crowd." Business is significantly more competitive than it was in the past because of rapidly changing technology, globalization and the changing dynamics between employer/employee and client/supplier. Without standing out, you will find yourself in the "leftover line" instead of the one that offers the choice opportunities. Having consulted with over 15,000 professionals in 60 countries, Dan draws from his California startup experience, starting a business in Germany and competition with some of the biggest business schools and consulting houses in the world. Discover the steps you can take to help you win the jobs, projects and assignments you deserve. A delicious buffet and abundant networking opportunities. Further details and registration appear in the Events Tool at www.agbc.de.

SVForum: The Future of Personalized Vehicles
Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015, 01:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Quadrus Conference Center, 2400 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, CA

Our everyday vehicles are on the brink of a major evolution. With advances in smart technology and an increasingly mobile lifestyle, we are steering towards an electrifying new future of life on the road, where everything from the rims to the roof is connected turning our drive-time into a dramatically different experience. Join this February for a half-day conference "The Future of Personalized Vehicles" and explore the world of connected commutes and super-smart vehicles with the innovators working to make it all happen. GABA members will get 25% off with code Drive25: bit.ly/SVFDrive #SVFDrive.

Automotive Tech.AD Berlin 2015
Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 09:00 AM to Friday, Feb 27, 2015 05:00 PM
Hotel MOA Berlin, Stephanstraße 41, 10559 Berlin, Germany

The annual industry show Automotive Tech.AD 2015 is a combination of qualified, inspirational expert keynotes and case studies, interactive world café sessions, private discussion rounds and well moderated networking sessions. Within 2 days you actively tackle all scenarios of vehicle automation lying ahead of the industry. You will get precise insights into new business prospects and technical strategies. For further information and registration please visit the website.

New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate:
Rueter Partner

Bavarian U.S. Offices/West Coast
Berlin Partner fuer Wirtschaft und Technologie

Susanne Bohl - Realtor for Silicon Valley & Bay Area

Individual Members:
Biffar, Peter
Dillon, Sabine
Feith, Thomas
Friedrichs, Juergen
Goette, Gerd
Gonser, Kell
Heier, Hilmar
Johannis, Axel
Kohl, Ulrich
Kownatzki, Clemens
Levy, Reg
McNamara, John
Metzger, Michael
Nelson, Thomas
Rauch, Lothar
Ruehl, Thorsten
Schempp, Oliver
Schulz, Alexander
Steinbach, Sebastian
Urbaniak, Aleks
Verzosa, Lorenz
Wilson, Philip

For more information on how to become a GABA Member, contact membership@gaba-network.org, or visit our website to sign up online.

Inside GABA

GABA Advisory Board

We are very pleased to announce the addition of 2 new GABA Advisory Board Members - Dirk Kanngiesser and Stefan Schlueter.
Stefan Schlueter is the German Consul General in San Fransisco since August 2014.
Co-Founder and CEO the German Silicon Valley Accelerator Dirk Kanngiesser is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist having been involved in the founding of many German and international startups.

For more information on how to become a GABA Member, visit our website to sign up online or contact info@gaba-network.org.

Member News

E&M Mayock
2015 H-1B Strategies
US Masters+ degree holders have a high chance of being selected for 2015 H-1B visa lottery, PLUS ability for STEM graduates to extend OPT for another 17 months if NOT selected. All others should consider seeking more than one employer to file H-1B visa petitions (may be part-time). Back-up plan: employment with a University (or affiliate; participation in lottery NOT required), permitting concurrent employment elsewhere. For further information visit www.emvisa.com.

Euro Vat Refund
Many US companies are leaving Value Added TAX (VAT) behind on business expenses in Germany. Many are unaware about their VAT refund possibilities on events, hotels, transportation, and other costs. Please contact Euro VAT Refund, Inc. before March 1, 2015 to meet the filing deadline for EU invoices issued in 2014. For further information please visit www.eurovat.com.

German-American School of Palo Alto
Immerse your child in German this summer! With the new year underway, the GASPA-Team is hard at work preparing for their ever popular 4-week full immersion summer program. Registration is now open and all details can be found on their website www.gaspa-ca.org.

SAP Supply Chain Management consulting leader Novigo, with headquarters in California and existing offices in Germany, Spain, and India, has opened additional offices in Miami, Florida and Istanbul, Turkey. On Novigo's path to globalization, these new locations will serve the South and Latin American, as well as South-East European and Middle Eastern markets, respectively. www.novigo.com.

Lex Anselm - Real Estate
Lex Anselm provides full service assistance in purchasing or selling real estate in Los Angeles. The home selling or buying process in Los Angeles is very different than in Germany. A lot of time can be saved and painful mistakes avoided by educating yourself in advance about the market, procedures and what needs to be prepared.
Lex Anselm offers complimentary two hour Smart Home Buyer or Seller consultation to all GABA Members. To schedule your complimentary, confidential and no obligation consultation, call 310.746.6977 or visit http://www.lexanselm.com.

Osborne Clarke
Osborne Clarke, an European law firm with a team of EU qualified lawyers based in Silicon Valley and San Francisco, welcomed Piet Weinreich to its California team in January 2015. Piet is based in Osborne Clarke's Munich, Germany office and will spend six months in the firm's two California offices. During his time on the West Coast, Piet will focus his attention particularly on U.S. life sciences companies such as med tech or biotechnology companies looking to expand their business into Germany and across Europe. Piet has extensive experience advising med tech, pharmaceutical and biotech companies in the German market. Osborne Clarke is proud to announce their growth and changes over recent months.

Job Opening

Website Translation (English to German)
Position Type: Contract work (possibility of future translation projects)
Novigo is looking for someone to translate their existing website content (www.novigo.com) from English into German. Occasional ongoing website translation support may be needed as English website context changes/expands. For more information, please visit our job board.

SAP SCM Consultant (Consultant, Senior, principal)
Novigo is looking for SAP Supply Chain Management Consultants to support client services delivery and work on SAP's SCM Implementation Projects for leading global companies. Required is a good understanding of SAP Order Fulfillment Processes (OTC), and hands-on SAP R/3 SD/LES - or APO-TP/VS - shipping and transportation functionality experience. Understanding of transportation planning, scheduling, route determination, route optimization, freight rate management, tendering, SD Order integration etc. is mandatory and experience with SAP TM (any releases) is preferred. For more information, please visit our job board.

Culture Selection

"Lost Stories, Found Images: Portraits of Jews in Wartime Amsterdam" - Exhibition
Opening Reception: Thursday, Feb 26, 2015, 06:30 PM
Exhibition: Friday, Feb 27 - Friday, Apr 17, 2015
Goethe-Institut San Francisco, 530 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94108 English, Free admission

The exhibition "Lost Stories, Found Images: Portraits of Jews in Wartime Amsterdam" by Annemie Wolff is a common project of the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation in partnership with the Goethe-Institut San Francisco and the Stichting Wolff Foundation, located in Amsterdam. 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
http://www.gaba-network.org, Email: membership@gaba-network.org