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May 2015

In honor of Europe Day, we would like to invite you to our members-only European Networking event.
In cooperation with French American Chamber of Commerce, the British American Business Council and many other European associations we would like to offer you an unique opportunity to mingle with business professionals from many other countries.

Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director
Main Supporters:
SAP WilmerHale
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GABA Events

European Networking - Members-Only
Wednesday, May 06, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Cooley, 3175 Hanover St, Palo Alto

Don't miss this chance to mingle with business professionals from diverse European countries! Get your ticket soon since this event tends to sell out!

GABA Stammtisch Alameda
Wednesday, May 06, 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 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 - joint with German Mixer OC
Thursday, May 07, 2015 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Pacific
Tarantalum Restaurant, 6272 East Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach

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. We look forward to seeing you there.

GABA Stammtisch San Francisco
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Schmidt's, 2400 Folsom Street (at 20th Street), San Francisco

GABA San Francisco Stammtisch, every second Wednesday of the month! Join us at Schmidt's in San Francisco! We look forward to seeing newcomers and regulars. No RSVP needed. Willkommen!

GABA Stammtisch Santa Cruz
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz

GABA Santa Cruz Stammtisch, every third Wednesday of the month!  Come to mingle and network in the very casual environment of our traditional GABA Stammtisch. Find us in the cozy garden to the back of The Crepe Place in Santa Cruz. We are looking forward to meeting you there.

The Future of the Hydrogen Economy
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Bay Area Council Economic Institute, 353 Sacramento Street, 10th Floor, San Francisco

Our expert panelists will provide insights into the future business opportunities of the hydrogen economy.

Stammtisch South Bay
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Esther's German Bakery and Café, 987 N San Antonio Rd, Los Altos
Join us for our monthly casual Stammtisch get together at Esther's German Bakery! 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. No RSVP needed. Willkommen!

Creating Value with the Internet of Things
Thursday, May 28, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
SAP, Palo Alto, 3410 Hillview Avenue, Building 1, Palo Alto

Our expert panelists will discuss the value created via the IoT and the expanding role of data analytics.

Partner Events

2015 World Trade Week Kick-Off Breakfast
Tuesday, May 05, 2015 7:15 AM - 10:00 AM
Beverly Hilton Hotel, 9876 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills

For nearly 90 years, World Trade Week has been the most extensive and unique program of its kind in the country.  Join the GABA VIP tables and more than 600 top executives and members of the diplomatic corps and listen to Bret Johnson, CFO of SpaceX, delivering the keynote.

The Startup Conference and International Startup Fair
Thursday, May 14, 2015 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fox Theater, Redwood City

GABA is a supporting organization of the Startup Conference 2015. 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 Randy Komisar (Kleiner Perkins), Fran Maier (, San Zaid (Getaround), Bill Reichert (Garage Technology) 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. Startups are also hiring great developers. 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.

Partner Event: TiEcon 2015
Friday, May 15, 2015 7:00 AM - 8:30 PM & Saturday, May 16 2015 7:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara, CA 95054 

TiEcon is where the world's wealth connects with technology stealth to create an energizing environment for start-ups to take off. The largest global gathering of entrepreneurship, it brings together Silicon Valley's diverse, dynamic, and expert ecosystem to ignite and display disruptive technology innovation.

Founders Space- Upcoming events
San Francisco
GABA members receive a 25% discount for the following upcoming events of founders Space. Please use the promotion code "25OFF" to register.
On May 7th at 1:30 PM: Funding Entrepreneurs from Overseas
On May 14th at 1:30 PM: Founders Space Party: 500+ Startups, Angels, VCs & Vino
On May 27h at 8PM: Startup Pitch Day & Mixer with VCs, Angels & Entrepreneurs

SVForum 2nd Annual World Cup Tech Challenge 2015!
Thursday, June 04, 2015 
Microsoft Campus, Silicon Valley

Could your startup win the World Cup in Tech? Apply to qualify to SVForum's 2nd Annual World Cup Tech Challenge. Apply now to represent your startup - and your country! Startups accepted into the World Cup Tech Challenge are in a pre-global stage, meaning they have launched their products in their respective local markets and now ready for a global launch. In order to be considered for the competition, please visit and fill out the application form. The deadline for submission is April 27, 2015. 

New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate:
Deutsche Telekom
YES Partners 

Optegra GmbH & Co. KG

Sperry Van Ness Difference
Woodfour Brewing Co. LLC

Individual Members:
Clavel, Gilles
Blendstrup, Angelika
Florian, Victor
Fromherz, Markus 
Gallagher, James 

Gunther, Ed 
Hallak, Frank
Harley, Barbara
Hausmann, Sandra
Kuschel, Amelia
Kwak, Michael
Mac Millan, Kurt
Mathis, Gregory
Menge, Jurgen
Merrem, Ralph
Paradies, Ron 
Rauscher, Michaela

Roberts Marroquin, Ann Lucrecia
Scharf, Astrid
Thurston, Julian

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

Interest Groups

Cyber Security 2015
Cyber Security 2015
Today, from communication to commerce to political conflicts, most aspects of modern life depend on access and use of the internet. Cyber security challenges have a great impact on individuals, business as well as governments. As a response to a rising number of cyber threats, an increasing number of governments are introducing cyber security strategies. Conventional IT and IT security technologies cannot stop all attackers. Our panel discussed how key enterprises and governments can build trustworthy secure IT and IT security technologies and solutions. If you missed our well attended event, click here for the Video.
GABA's Interest Groups (IG's) provide resources and networking opportunities specific to each interest group:

Automotive IG
Clean Technology IG
Cyber Security 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

Euro VAT Refund, Inc.
Alert! Several U.S. companies doing business in Germany have been contacted by the German tax authorities. They are apparently attempting to catch any foreign company that is not charging VAT when selling digital services to private people within the EU. To find out if your company is required to register and charge VAT, please contact Euro VAT Refund's VAT experts

Fundraising for German American Partnership Program (GAPP)
GAPP is a non-profit exchange program between the Paracelsus-Gymnasium-Hohenheim school in Germany and Los Alamitos High. GABA and GAPP have similar goals in fostering good relations between Germans and Americans. We are seeking your support in helping to finance the $4000 cost of the GAPP summer program. For more information, please visit HelpFundGAPP.

Job Openings

Accounting/Administration Manager
Novigo focuses on SAP Business and IT Consulting, has a strong history with SAP and unique leading competencies in select SAP Supply Chain Applications. Novigo is seeking a Accounting/Administration Manager. For more information, please visit GABA Job Market.

Culture Selection

Light and Dark. Photographs from Germany
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 30, 2015, 6:30 PM
Exhibition: May 1 - July 3, 2015
Goethe-Institut San Francisco, ART-Lounge, 530 Bush Street, San Francisco

Admission Free 
The exhibition "Light and Dark. Photographs from Germany" by Barbara Klemm is a common project of ifa (Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations in Stuttgart) in partnership with the Goethe-Institut in San Francisco. It is curated by the German art historians Matthias Flügge and Ursula Zeller. 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