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September 2015

We are getting ready for the GABA Gala 2016! The Gala will be held on January 22, 2016 and we will be celebrating at the St. Francis Yacht Club. StFYC is located on the shores of San Francisco Bay and boasts incredible panoramic views that span from the Golden Gate Bridge to Alcatraz! As many of you probably know, last time the tickets sold out in just couple of weeks, so hurry up and secure your ticket today to the most prestigious GABA event of the year!

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GABA Events

GABA Stammtisch Alameda
Wednesday, Sept 2, 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 September at The Buffalo Club
Thursday, Sep 03, 2015 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The Buffalo Club, 1520 Olympic Blvd, Santa Monica
Join GABA at our monthly Stammtisch at The Garden Courtyard of the Buffalo Club in Santa Monica, exclusively reserved for our guests this evening.  Take advantage of a Happy Hour until 8pm and enjoy a special menu exclusively selected for GABA guests this evening.

European Networking - Members Only
Thursday, Sep 03, 2015 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Ligne Roset, 162 King Street, San Francisco

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

GABA Stammtisch San Francisco
Wednesday, Sept 09, 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!

Increasing the Value of Your Business through IP - GABA Munich 
Monday, Sep 14, 2015 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Taylor Wessing, Isartor 8, Munich 

The German-American Business Association invites you to join our panel of distinguished experts who will share their experience and insights on how to increase the value of your business with IP.

GABA Stammtisch Santa Cruz
Wednesday, Sept 16, 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, Sept 16, 2015 07:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Esther's German Bakery and Cafe, 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, Sept 17, 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. Please RSVP to, so we can reserve a table for the right number of people.

Captivate - Featuring German Startups
Tuesday, Sep 22, 2015, 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
SAP Labs, Building 1, 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto
The German American Business Association (GABA) in collaboration with theGerman Accelerator (GA), the German American Chamber of Commerce (GACC) and Germany Trade and Invest (GTAI) cordially invites to our pitching and networking event, Captivate.

The Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership: How the U.S. - EU Trade Agreement Will Impact the Bay Area & Beyond
Wednesday, Sep 23, 2015, 08:30 AM - 11:00 AM
The Fairmont San Jose, 170 South Market Street, San Jose

Thursday, Sep 24, 2015, 08:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, The Orrick Building, 405 Howard Street, San Francisco

This seminar will be held on the topic of the TTIP, the trade agreement currently being negotiated by the U.S. and EU.  The goal of the seminar is to educate businesses, media and the greater public about the agreement and the positive impact of enhanced transatlantic trade on the Bay Area and the U.S. as a whole.

Partner Events

Solar Power International
September 14 - 17, 2015
Anaheim Convention Center, 800 W Katella Ave, Anaheim

Join us for the solar industry's most powerful event and take advantage of GABA's special discounts for SPI Solar Power International is powered by industry leaders Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA). Unlike other solar conferences, all proceeds from SPI support the expansion of the solar industry through SEIA and SEPA's year-round research and education activities, and SEIA's advocacy efforts. Explore ways to participate and engage with more than 15,000 professionals in solar energy and related fields for four days of action-packed educational opportunities, general sessions and special events, and a bustling Expo floor. And you can be there for all of the action at a discounted rate! Take advantage of GABA's registration discount code GABACA15 that will allow you to attend the event at a 15% discount. For more information and to register, please visit the website.

ChoYou - Next World Capital X-Atlantic Conference
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
The Village, 969 Market Street, San Francisco
ChoYou is announcing the Next World Capital X-Atlantic Conference, taking place in San Francisco at The Village, on September 15th from 8am to 10:30am.  Speakers include Adam Messinger, CTO, Twitter, and Olivier Derrien, SVP Southern Europe, Salesforce. Check the entire program and list of speakers and register free of charge at:

Startup Europe Comes to Silicon Valley
Monday, September 21, 2015 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Computer History Museum, 1401 North Shoreline Boulevard, Mountain View
Startup Europe Comes To Silicon Valley is bringing together EU policy makers (commissioners, government officials), the best of the new EU Scaleups and corporations to meet Silicon Valley stakeholders.
Use discount code: SEC2SVGABA to join Laim Maxwell (UK CTO);  Julie Hanna (US Presidential Ambassador for Entrepreneurship); Nicolas Brusson (Co-founder Bla Bla Car); Alexis Giles (Sound Cloud); Dave McClure (500 Startups); Burk Norton (Salesforce); Matt Hancock (UK Minister); Peter Arvai (Founder Prezi); Larry Sonsini (WSGR); Guenther Oettinger (EU Commissioner) and many more. Full program at

SVForum - The FinTech Revolution: Banking on the Future
Thursday, September 24th, 2015 8:30 AM - 5:30 AM
GSVlabs, 425 Broadway, Redwood City
Advances in technology are having a vast impact in the financial markets, with disruption occurring everywhere you look. Alternate financing and innovations in payment systems and financial services are gaining traction and transforming the status quo. Online platforms are decentralizing investments and access to capital. And that's just the good news-security remains a crucial issue to financial institutions, who are battling increasing threats of cyber assaults. Disruptive impact is not only likely-it-s inevitable. More information at

ChoYou - CaFFEET, Utility Response to Climate Change
Tuesday - Wednesday, September 29 - 30, 2015 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
The Village, 969 Market Street, San Francisco
CaFFEET is an annual conference aiming is to promote the exchange of technical and scientific knowledge in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency with international experts and leaders from utilities, corporations, start-ups, research centers and academic institutes.

CICC - CiConnect
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Microsoft, 1065 La Avenida Street, Mountain View
CiConnect is dedicated to bringing together California-based businesses with Israeli Innovative Technology. This year CiConnect will focus on the Innovation Fusion between multiple technology segments including: IoT, Cyber Security, Big Data, Cloud, and Mobile. Participants will include entrepreneurs of innovative startups, investors, and executives from leading enterprises. Take advantage of GABA's registration discount code CiConnect.GABA that will allow you to attend the event at a 20% discount. For more information and to register, please visit the website.

Prosystem - Medical Devices Regulations & Standards Seminar 2015
Tuesday, October 29th - 30th , 2015 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
The Beverly Heritage Hotel, 1820 Barber Lane, Milpitas
PROSYSTEM invites you to a seminar on Medical Device Regulations and Software and System Safety Standards (October 29 and 30).  Expert panelists will discuss the most recent and upcoming updates of different standards in Medical Device Regulations (FDA & EU) and Software and System Safety Standards. Sessions include Quality Management Systems, Risk Management, Documentation of Clinical Evaluation and Investigation, Usability Factors and Standards, Pre-market Submission /Software as Medical Device, Safety of Medical Electrical Equipment, Mobile Medical Devices, and Cyber Security.This seminar offers great networking opportunities with the panelists and the participants alike. More information at:

New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate:
Next Step
The Brenner Group, Inc.
VW - Test Center California

German American International School
Hengeler Mueller
Interdisciplinary Dental Education Academy - IDEA
Osborne Clarke
Taylor Wessing (US) Inc.
Vontobel Swiss Wealth Advisors

Esther's Bakery
Reinhard Haeckl

Individual Members:
Banghard, Simone
Bernd, Matthias
Blanco, Mercedes
Boehm, Michael
Brinker, Achim
Bruch, Reinhard
Bruncks, Jorg
Butterworth, Margreth
Chang, Gary
Effertz, Nils
Eikenberg, Sean Rene
Gerdemann, Dieter
Hansen, Olof
Haspel, Mechthild
Hausmann, Volker
Jakob, Katrin
Kane, Dennis
Knecht, Julian
Kuehne, Thomas
Oberhofer, Johannes
Peters, Kathrin
Prescher, Martin
Rosenfeld, Adina
Sarto, Lou
von Neumann-Cosel, Kilian
Walterspiel MD, Juan N.
von Welczeck, Diana

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

Interest Groups

Welcome to Silicon Valley: How Corporates Are Plugging In
Successful July for GABA-Munich! GABA-Munich joined Forces with Munich Network as their Advisory Board on the Third Forum on Digital Transitioning and Innovation Drivers in Digital Health, sponsored and hosted by Ernst&Young on July 8, 2015. And on July 13th, 2015 sponsored and hosted by Werk1, GABA-Munich presented Welcome to Silicon Valley: How American Corporates are plugging in.
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

Osborne Clarke
Osborne Clarke, a European law firm with a team of EU qualified lawyers based in Silicon Valley and San Francisco, welcomed Andreas Grillo to its California team in August 2015. Andreas is based in Osborne Clarke's Cologne, Germany office and will spend six months in the firm's two California offices. During his time at the West Coast, Andreas will focus his attention particularly on US tech companies looking to expand their business into Germany and across Europe. Andreas is an employment expert and has extensive experience advising US based companies in the German market. Osborne Clarke is proud to announce their growth and changes over recent months

German-American School of Palo Alto
With summer nearing its end, it is time to think about the fall and that means German Saturday School! Classes for students all ages and levels (toddler through adult) start again at the German-American School of Palo Alto on September 12th. Don't delay and register today! More information at

The Brenner Group
Effective September 1, 2015, The Brenner Group will be part of Armanino LLP, the largest independent accounting and business consulting firm based in California. For more information contact Gunther Hofmann, Armanino offers a full set of international accounting, audit, tax, software implementation, and business advisory services.

Bosch Sensortech - 10 years of MEMS sensors innovation
Ten years after its foundation as a start-up, Bosch Sensortec has achieved the position of the leading global provider of innovative MEMS-based sensors and solutions in the consumer electronics market. Its products enable new applications and innovative solutions across consumer electronics. Please read more:

Robert Bosch GmbH - Division: Mobility Solutions
Electric-car twins join the Bosch fleet as new test vehicles for automated driving. The test vehicles for automated driving are based on Tesla Model S and will premiere at 2015 International Automotive Press Briefing in Boxberg. Bosch is developing automated driving for all kinds of production vehicles. Retrofitting a car requires 50 new Bosch components, 1,300 meters of cable, and 1,400 hours of work. Highly automated test vehicles are already driving on public roads. Please read more:

Job Board

Part-Time Project Manager at GABA
GABA is looking for a part-time Project Manager to help with event preparation and organization, membership and daily business. Needs to be customer-oriented, comfortable using Customer Relation Management and Direct Marketing Tools, able to work independently and pay attention to detail. Tasks will include preparation, marketing and follow-up of events, being present at the events to help with registration and execution, talking to members and prospects, manage food/drinks and helping with general business items such as correspondence, phone calls etc. Detailed job description and requirements at GABA Job Board.

Event Manager at the Interdisciplinary Dental Education Academy - IDEA
GABA member IDEA is expanding our team and offering the position for an Event Manger for their small German - American business organization. The Event Manager is responsible for customer and course related processes and operational tasks. Since we are run by a German / American team, since we deal with a satellite office in Austria and since we handle several collateral papers in German language, we prefer to hire a person that speaks both German and English fluently. The ideal candidate is a bright, resourceful, extroverted self-starter who understands service, and is experienced in dealing with competing schedules, priorities and deadlines. This position has significant growth potential as the company continues to flourish. Detailed job description and requirements at GABA Job Board.

Culture Selection

Exhibition "Hoestory Deutschland - Black Biographies in Historical and Present Times"
Thursday, Aug 13th, 2015 - Thursday, Sept. 24th, 2015
Goethe-Institut San Francisco, Art Lounge,
530 Bush Street, San Francisco

The photo exhibition "Homestory Deutschland - Black Biographies in Historical and Present Times", created by the Initiative of Black people in Germany (ISD) and funded by the Federal Agency for Civic Education, is a collective self-portrait that gives voice to the complex and varied biographies of Black German women and men. It covers the past three centuries of German history. "Homestory Deutschland" invites us to question how we imagine Germany, Germans, and Germanness. This exhibit is part of the thematic focus "EXPRESS YOURSELF - Stories & Identities".
For further information contact:

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