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June 2015

This month, we offer a unique event to meet high-profile German startups. In cooperation with the Bundesverband Deutsche Startups GABA will be part of the "German Valley Week" which brings 60 German entreprenuers, politicians, investors, and representatives of Germany's "Mittelstand" to the Bay Area. Don't miss this special opportunity to connect with German entrepreneurs and influential leaders.

Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director
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GABA Events

Networking Mixer with German Entrepreneurs
Tuesday, Jun 02, 2015 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, 
Four Embarcadero Center, 22nd Floor, San Francisco

GABA and the Bundesverband Deutsche Startups invite you to an evening of networking and discussion about German entrepreneurship. This is is an excellent opportunity to connect American and German entrepreneurs. So don't miss out this event!

GABA Stammtisch Alameda
Wednesday, Jun 03, 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.

Welcome to Silicon Valley: How Corporates Are Plugging In
Thursday, Jun 04, 2015 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
SAP, Palo Alto, 3410 Hillview Avenue, Building 1, Palo Alto

Join our panel of distinguished experts who will share their experience and insights into how corporations are trying to connect with the innovation in Silicon Valley.

GABA Stammtisch San Francisco
Wednesday, Jun 10, 2015 07:00 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!

SoCal Stammtisch
Thursday, Jun 11, 2015 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Enjoy mingling and networking with friends or colleagues who are interested in fostering the Californian-German connection as we continue our monthly tradition. 

GABA Stammtisch Santa Cruz
Wednesday, Jun 17, 2015 06:00 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.

GABA Stammtisch South Bay
Wednesday, Jun 17, 2015 07:00 PM - 09:30 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!

GABA Stammtisch Sacramento
Thursday, Jun 18, 2015 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Hampton's, 608 Sutter Street, Folsom

Please join us for GABA's new monthly casual get-together in Folsom. We have a regular group every third Thursday of the month.

Workshop: How to Ace an Interview American-Style
Wednesday, Jun 24, 2015 08:00 AM - 10:30 AM
WilmerHale, Palo Alto, 950 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto

Many professionals who didn't grow up in the US face challenges when interviewing for positions because the format as well as the expectations are so different from those of other countries.

Captivate - Featuring German Startups
Thursday, Jun 25, 2015 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
PARISOMA 169, 11th Street, San Francisco

The German Accelerator (GA) in collaboration with the German American Business Association (GABA), the German American Chamber of Commerce (GACC) and Germany Trade and Invest (GTAI) cordially invites to our to our pitching and networking event, Captivate.

Partner Events

TU Automotive
Wednesday, Jun 03, 2015 08:30 AM to Thursday, Jun 04, 2015 05:00 PM
TU-Automotive Detroit (formerly Telematics Detroit) is the undisputed home of the connected car. With 150 speakers, 200 booths and 3000 attendees it's the world's biggest conference & exhibition dedicated to automotive tech. Don't miss out the event!

The Keys of Innovation: Technology Transfer from University to Industry
Wednesday, June 03, 2015 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Li Ka Shing Center, Stanford University, Room LK130

Although Science and Business have defined boundaries, neither discipline can thrive without the other. Innovation and technological improvements undergo scientific experiments and studies before the final products are presented to the targer market. Many scientific developments eventually become commercial products. Science and Business communities are different players, interacting successfully in the Silicon Valley Ecosystem. So don't miss out the event and register here!

SV Forum - World Cup Tech Challenge
Thursday, Jun 04, 2015  8:00 AM - 5:30PM
Microsoft Campus, Microsoft Building 1, 1065 La Avenida St, Mountain View

Welcome to the 2nd Annual World Cup Tech Challenge! On June 4th at Microsoft's campus in Mountain View, 25 startups representing 18 countries will be competing for the Cup. Get tickets now and secure a front-row seat to the most exciting startup competition of the year. Learn more about the competing companies by clicking on each group below (make sure to vote for your favorite!). Is your home country represented? Cheer them on as well! In addition to meeting awesome startups from all over the world, you'll enjoy inspiring talks from our great keynote speakers, and meet over 30 Silicon Valley investors.

Intersolar North America
Conference: July 13, 2015 - July 15, 2015
Exhibition: July 14, 2015 - July 16, 2015

Moscone Center, 747 Howard St, San Francisco
Take your chance to register for INTERSOLAR - North America's most-attended solar event. GABA supporters can register free of charge with entering the Priority Code ISNAGRP759! GABA is pleased to announce the continuing partnership with Intersolar North America. Each July in the heart of North America's ever-expanding solar market, Intersolar celebrates the solar industry's success at the most well attended solar trade show event in North America. 2015 is the 8th annual event showcasing innovations in PV and solar heating & cooling technologies from around the world, plus, new products from its fastest-growing exhibition segment -- energy storage. Connect with up to 600 exhibitors representing the key fields of solar energy technology.

API Days 2015 San Francisco - The Connected Life: City, Transportation, and Home
Wednesday June 17th & Thursday, Jun 18, 2015
Parisoma Coworking Space
, 169, 11th Street, 94103 San Francisco
This year, we focus on the API Design and Strategy supporting the Internet of Things revolution. Kickstarter is overflowing with new hardware/software projects, connected objects were everywhere at the last CES. But too little time is spent talking about the underlying architecture that supports these objects, and the real challenge these companies are facing when designing their API or getting developers to use it. 
Great speakers from Netflix, Pebble, FitBit, Logitech and more coming.
Watch a recap of last year's conference:
More info on the website :
Special 70% discount for Gaba Members at this link with the code GABA-VIP
CleanTech OC - Advanced Transportation Symposium 2015
Thursday, Jun 18, 2015, 12:30 PM - 06:30 PM
Brandman University, 16355 Languna Canyon Road,
What are the latest trends in mobility? Find out why ITS will soon become a household acronym. Take a look at the movement of goods and how that has become a pivotal issue in the direction of technology and infrastructure development. In the land of electrification, find out how the big guys are vying for a place in the sun. A partner event between GABA and CleanTech OC. GABA members receive 20% discount using promo code CTOCatsGABA.

EdTech in Latin America
Thursday, Jun 25, 2015, 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Coursera headquarters, 381 East Evelyn Ave., Mountain View

BayBrazil will present an exclusive discussion with edtech leaders & investors on how technology is transforming education across the Latin America region. Click here for pre-registration, GABA members receive 20% discount on pre-registration with the code BayBrazil-GABA.

New and Renewing Members

Kenyon & Kenyon LLP
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Brix and Partners LLC
Hopper Creek Winery
TIBURON Consulting LLC

Individual Members:
Crawford, Tenny 
Fischlin, Britta
Goodman, Josef
Helbig, Natascha 
Hummer, Rosslyn Beth 

Lavergne Esq., Lisette
Lueth, Dirk

Muller, Peter
Nettesheim, Ulrich
Nio, George 
O'Connell, David
Peev, Ivo 
Rosenkranz, Roman 
Ruppelt, Ulrike 
Uyanik, A.
Walker, William

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

Interest Groups

Creating Value with the Internet of Things
Cyber Security 2015
GABA invited speakers of SAP, Cisco, Parstream and Viakoo to discuss Internet of Things and how our programmable world can reach its full potential. The great promise of IoT is facing business policy and technical challenges that must be solved before these systems will be widely embraced. Our panelists shared their experience and insights how to overcome the issues and creat value with the IoT.
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

FeldbergPacific Law Group
Achim W. Hoelzle of FeldbergPacific Law Group was recently interviewed for the German Business Angel Association (Business Angels Netzwerk Deutschland e.V. (BAND) ) on the current state of California's angel and early stage venture investments  under the Title: "Die Zeiten, als Angelinvestoren mit 10.000 $ oder 50.000 $ investierten, sind lange vorbei". The interview can be read on BAND's quarterly newsletter BANDquartal:

Marketing & Events - ChoYou USA
API Days 2015 San Francisco - The Connected Life: City, Transportation, and Home - This year, ChoYou focus on the API Design and Strategy supporting the Internet of Things revolution. Kickstarter is overflowing with new hardware/software projects, connected objects were everywhere at the last CES. But too little time is spent talking about the underlying architecture that supports these objects, and the real challenge these companies are facing when designing their API or getting developers to use it. Great speakers from Netflix, Pebble, FitBit, Logitech and more coming. Watch a recap of last year's conference: For more info go to their website 70% discount for Gaba Members at this link with the code GABA-VIP.

Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Employment lawyer Eric Steinert of Seyfarth Shaw LLP will be conducting a webinar on June 3rd regarding The SF Retail Workers Bill of Rights, which goes into effect July 3rd. This new law will impose new obligations and penalties for many retail employers in San Francisco, who will need to take immediate action to ensure compliance. For more information contact Eric at [email protected].

German-American International School - GAIS
The German-American International School (GAIS) moved! GAIS relocated to its new home in Menlo Park at 475 Pope Street in May. New location, same great preschool. Learn more about our social and inquiry based program for preschoolers at or call (650) 324-8617.

Job Board

Business Manger and Executive Assistant positions at GISSV
GISSV - German International School of Silicon Valley has two immediate job openings for a Business Manager and an Executive Assistant position at our Mountain View Campus.
For details and information on this position please visit or call ph 650-254-0748.

Culture Selection

Double Feature: "All about Einstein" and "The Rapoports - Our Three Lives"
Wednesday, Jun 17, 2015 - 06:30 PM 
Goethe-Institut San Francisco, Auditorium, 530 Bush Street, San Francisco

The world knows Einstein, but what part of Albert Einstein's legacy actually remains in the world's recollection? Goethe TV teams ventured out to query people all around the world about Einstein and his theories. The result is a light-hearted and thoughtful kaleidoscope that also reveals something about the protagonists. "All about Einstein" are 13 entertaining minutes about Albert Einstein, the genius and superstar. For more information please visit the website

How to love San Francisco - One year in the City by the Bay

Last year we told you about our member Johanna Lehmann, an award-winning writer from San Francisco. Her novel "How to love San Francisco - One year in the City by the Bay" is 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.

The book will be published on 23rd of June after a successful Indiegogo campaign in 2014. GABA members can get early access to the book before official launch and win 5 free copies. Simply email Johanna to enter the raffle at [email protected].
For further information contact:

German American Business Association
Phone: +1 (650) 386-5015, Fax : +1 (415) 276-2375