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October 2015

Come join us for our Newcomer Mixer to welcome new arrivals to the Bay Area.  While the format is a casual mixer, there will be opportunities for our GABA corporate members to distribute material for free. Please contact us at [email protected] to get more information about the event or to book microphone time!

Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director
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GABA Events

SoCal Octoberfest Stammtisch at Ludwig Biergarten
Thursday, Oct 1, 2015 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Join us for a fun evening and celebrate Oktoberfest at Ludwig Biergarten next to the Grove! Decorated for the season with traditional German feel, Ludwig Biergarten serves Bavarian-inspired food including sausages, beer cheese soup, pretzels and over a dozen beers on tap.

Private Roundtable Discussion with Juergen Hardt
Thursday, Oct 1, 2015 12:30 PM - 01:45 PM
On behalf of GABA and the L.A. Area Chamber, we are pleased to invite you to a Private Luncheon and Roundtable Discussion with Juergen Hardt, Coordinator of the Transatlantic Relationship for the German Foreign Service and Member of the German Bundestag, and Consul General Hans-Joerg Neumann.
Chris Thornberg, Founder and CEO of Beacon Economics and one of the leading economists in California will give a brief overview of the state of the CA economy.
Mr. Hardt will be available to discuss current transatlantic issues, such as ISIS and the current European refugee crisis, the Iran Nuclear deal, the latest developments in Greece, and TTIP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations.
We hope you can join us as part of a small group invited for this unique opportunity.

Webinar: Cloud & Disaster Recovery
Friday, Oct 2, 2015 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Live Login, Every first Friday of the month!
We are excited to invite you to GABA's new Webinar Educational Series! As a newly added membership benefit we have partnered with Microsoft Community Connections who offer you a year of topics relative to many of your business challenges.
GABA Stammtisch Alameda 
Wednesday, Oct 7, 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.

Materializing your Imagination
Thursday, Oct 8, 2015 05:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Georg Fischer LLC, 9271 Jeronimo Rd, Irvine

3D printing is ushering in a new era. Learn from a panel of experts how this so-called additive manufacturing is changing supply chain, innovation cycle and manufacturing processes for companies. Watch illustrations of groundbreaking technologies at the showroom of +GF+ in OC.

How to Talk so Silicon Valley Listens
Thursday, Oct 8, 2015 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV), 310 Easy Street, Mountain View
"How to talk so Silicon Valley listens" will address the top ten points Germans and other non-English natives should know to communicate well in Silicon Valley.  Based on her extensive experience working with international business professionals, Angelika will discuss the common challenges that foreign born business people face when trying to adapt to communicating "Silicon Valley style".

GABA Stammtisch San Francisco
Wednesday, Oct 14, 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!

GABA Stammtisch Sacramento
Thursday, Oct 15, 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 [email protected], so we can reserve a table for the right number of people.

Newcomer Mixer
Monday, Oct 19, 2015 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
WilmerHale Palo Alto, 950 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto

New to the Bay area? If you are a new to the Bay area, you are sure to have many questions. GABA wants to help you get them answered and point you to the many resources we all know about. Please join our casual mixer and get valuable information about the area and its many businesses.
GABA members and experts who have information to share - join us in welcoming new arrivals to the Bay Area and get a chance to introduce them to your business!

GABA Stammtisch Santa Cruz
Wednesday, Oct 21, 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, Oct 21, 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!


Partner Events

Traction Conf SF
Thursday, Oct 8, 2015, 8:00am to 6:00pm
InterContinental Hotel, 888 Howard St, San Francisco, CA
Learn how to optimize your product to drive growth and revenue at Traction Conf SF on Oct 8. Speakers include: Zenefits CEO Parker Conrad, Credit Karma CEO Kenneth Lin, Slack CMO Bill Macaitis, Evernote COO Linda Kozlowski, SurveyMonkey President Selina Tobaccowala, MongoDB CMO Meagen Eisenberg, Eventbrite President Julia Hartz, Shazam Chief Product Officer Daniel Danker, The Honest Company Co-founder Christopher Gavigan, CloudFlare Co-founder Michelle Zatlyn, Qualtrics CEO Ryan Smith, Buffer Co-founder Leo Widrich, SendGrid CEO Sameer Dholakia and many more.
Register here to save $100:

Inside 3DPrinting - Santa Clara
Thursday, Oct 20-22, 2015
Santa Clara Convention Center 5001 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara

The largest professional 3D printing event worldwide is returning to Santa Clara on October 20-22 as an official 3D Print Week event! Inside 3D Printing Santa Clara will feature a full day of tutorials; plus two days of conference sessions and keynotes led by industry experts and demonstrations of the latest 3D printers and services; a startup competition with a $15K award; an in-depth consulting dinner hosted by Terry Wohlers; the Virtual Reality Summit, and more! Use code GABA for 10% OFF your session pass. Register at
CICC - CiConnect
Wednesday, Oct 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.

CCICE - The Art of the Start 2.0 - Guy Kawasaki and Pitch
Tuesday, Oct 27, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
SAP, 3410 Hillview Avenue, Bldg. 1, Palo Alto
In its original form, The Art of the Start was the de-facto standard for learning how to start a company. The new version is 64 percent longer and features Guy's latest insights and practical advice about social media, crowdfunding, cloud computing, and many other topics.
Register here

Prosystem - Medical Devices Regulations & Standards Seminar 2015
Thursday Oct 29th -  Friday, Oct 30th , 2015 
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:

EMD Performance Materials - Displaying Futures Symposium
Thursday, Nov 5 , 2015 San Francisco
For more information and registration contact: [email protected]
Merck, KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, as a part and partner of the display, semiconductor, and related high-tech industries, holds the "Displaying Futures" symposium in San Francisco on November 5th. The symposium serves as a platform for an interdisciplinary dialog with architects, designers, artists and scientists. Since 2011, ?Displaying Futures? has hosted several successful events inAsia.
Interested stakeholders from the above mentioned industries might contact [email protected] for possible registration. 

Arc Media Global - Engagement and Retention 2015
Thursday, Dec 10-11 , 2015 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM, San Francisco
American companies are bleeding US$ 550 billion per year from disengaged employees. How do you systematically, scientifically and sustainably solve this problem as an HR director and drive growth and value? Attend Engagement and Retention San Francisco Conference. Email [email protected] to register.


New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate:
EMD Performance Materials Corp
BMW Group Technology Office

Fountain Feller Group Inc
Reinhard Haeckl
German American School of Palo Alto (Saturday School)
Metabolic Balance Inc.
Solid Health Insurance Services

Individual Members:
Boettcher, Hans
Engola, Rebecca
Glock, Jana
Godfrey, Beth
Gwynn, Maria
Hoffmann, Daniel
Jakoby, Elmar
Johannis, Axel
Kan, Rene
Knierim, Kurt
Kohler, Andrea
Krupke, Andreas
Kuebler, Volker
Kunze, Tobias
Lommel, Cookie
McCormick, Simone
Miller, Luther
Nacke, Gunther
Neunzig, Tim
Pledereder, Richard
Schott, Helmut
Schulz, Ulrich
Schwab, Yvonne
Stelzner, Matthias
Wagner, Markus

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

Interest Groups

Welcome to Silicon Valley: How Corporates Are Plugging In
Our September "Captivate" event, featuring German Startups of the German Accelerator program, drew a large crowd. The evening's spotlight moment was the delivery of eight pitches in front of a panel of judges offering immediate feedback. The audience voted in real time to select the winner of the evening's Perfect Pitch Award: Club Cooee
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

Inside GABA

Welcome to Silicon Valley: How Corporates Are Plugging In
We thank our outgoing Events Director Sandra Schmid for 3 years of excellent event planning and volunteer coordination!  
Meet our new Event Director, Yvonne Dietrich: Yvonne joined GABA as the new Event Director in September 2015. She has a professional background as a program organizer in the non-profit sector and as a contracts coordinator in the video game industry. At GABA, she is focusing on the organization and preparation of GABA events. She can be reached at [email protected]

Job Board

Our preschool is at our new Menlo Park site is growing!
We are looking for an enthusiastic, energetic, fluent German-speaking Preschool Assistant to join our team.
For requirements, more information, and to apply online, please call 650-324-8617 or see 
Here is a video overview of our Preschool:

Culture Selection

  Opening Reception: Saturday, 09/26/2015, 6:30 pm
Exhibition: 9/29-10/22/2015
530 Bush Street, San Francisco

The exhibition presents portraits of actors, actresses, and directors who have visited the Berlin & Beyond Film Festival in 2014 and 2015, capturing intimate moments in beautiful photographs. They allow viewers an unusually close glimpse into the eyes of celebrities.
For further information contact:

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