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November 2015

Great news: GABA Startup Award Winner 2015 Parstream was just acquired by Cisco - Congratulations! Our next round of German-American Startup Award nominations are open.  Apply now via: and submit your nomination for the "GABA Startup Award 2016" today!

Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director
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GABA Events

GABA Stammtisch Alameda 
Wednesday, Nov 4, 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 OC Stammtisch
Wednesday, Nov 4, 2015 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Porsche Design Store South Coast Plaza, Saks Fifth Avenue Wing, Level 1, 3333 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa

GABA is happy to announce that the "German Mixer" will join forces with GABA to bring a fun and entertaining event to the region. The German Mixer has been a popular monthly social and business networking event for the German American community and their friends in Orange County since 2003.  Enjoy free Appetizers and Drinks, including Wine and Prosecco, Gift Bags and a 15% discount on all store items during the event.  Please join us at this great venue!

Mobile Security
Wednesday, Nov 4, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
SAP Labs, Building 1, 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto
"Mobile Security" is one of the hot topics right now. Many seem to be unaware of the security threat.  By pulling together trends and research topics the panel of experts will discuss why not solving today's mobile security challenges may not only put our devices, our data, and our digital identity on risk but also us as (physical) human beings.

SoCal Pixomondo Cocktail Reception and Presentation of Visual Effects Making Of's
Thursday, Nov 5, 2015 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
PIXOMONDO Los Angeles, 2055 South Barrington Ave, Los Angeles

We are proudly inviting our GABA Southern California members to an exclusive cocktail reception at Academy-award winning firm PIXOMONDO, Los Angeles. Mingle with senior entertainment executives, view presentations of visual effects making of's, including Star Trek, Fantastic 4 and Game of Thrones, and the Academy-award winning work of the students of the Film Academy Ludwigsburg. GABA SoCal members only!

Risk and Reward: Cracking the European Fintech Market
Friday, Nov 6, 2015 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Swissnex, 730 Montgomery Street, San Francisco
During this informative fireside chat, we will give insight into what the current FinTech landscape looks like in Germany today, what startups are doing and how they can position themselves for success.

Attracting, Recruiting and Training Top Talent in a Hot Economy
Monday, Nov 9, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
WilmerHale, 950 Page Mill, Palo Alto
In this interactive panel discussion GABA presents an opportunity to discuss the techniques and best practices that entrepreneurs, and corporate managers alike can use to attract, recruit and retain talent.

SoCal Stammtisch LA November at Wurstkueche
Wednesday, Nov 11, 2015 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wurstkueche Venice Beach, 625 Lincoln Blv, Venice Beach

We are excited to invite you to the exotic sausage grill "Wurstküche" on Lincoln Blvd in Venice. "Wurstküche" serves everything from delicious classic veal and pork Bratwursts to flavorsome exotic sausages made out of alligator and rattlesnake, in addition to 24 imported Biers on tap. Bring your friends, family or colleagues for a fun-filled evening!

GABA Stammtisch San Francisco
Wednesday, Nov 11, 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 Webinar: SKYPE for Business and Windows 10
Friday, Nov 13, 2015 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Live Login

Join us and hear the top tips and tricks that will help you unlock the new features of Windows 10. Learn how you can put these latest features to use, including the skype translator and the return of the start menu with a customizable edge.

GABA-Munich: Venture Capital, Crowd Funding, Sharing Economy
Monday, Nov 16, 2015 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
P+P Pöllath + Partners Rechtsanwälte und Steuerberater mbB, Hofstatt 1 (Entrance Färbergraben 16), Munich

The German-American Business Association invites you to join our panel of distinguished experts who will share their experience and insights on venture capital, crowd funding, and sharing economy, comparing the market conditions in Germany and Silicon Valley.

Germanys Energy & Climate Policies Insight from a European Industry Perspective
Wednesday, Nov 18, 2015 11:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Bay Area Council Economic Institute, 353 Sacramento St., 10th Floor, San Francisco

Wolfgang Niedermark will take a look at the German Energy Transformation ( Energie Wende) from a corporate stance in his talk on Germany's Energy & Climate Policies - Insight from a European Industry Perspective. 

GABA Stammtisch Santa Cruz
Wednesday, Nov 18, 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, Nov 18, 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, Nov 19, 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.

Partner Events

BayBrazil - VC Funding in Brazil, a Conversation with Kaszek Ventures
Monday, Nov 2, 2015, 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM 
Silicon Valley Bank, 2770 Sand Hill Rd, Menlo Park

Join us to welcome the two founders of Kaszek Ventures. In a conversation with Andy Tsao, Managing Director of Silicon Valley Bank and BayBrazil Board Member, Hernan and Nicolas will talk about their latest investments, the opportunities they envision in the Latin American market and their perspective on Brazil's entrepreneurial ecosystem.

GAIS - German American International School - IB High School Open House Dates
Nov. 11 and 18, 9:30am - 12pm
- Superior academics culminating in the IB diploma
- German, French and Spanish language options
- Personal project in 10th, extended essay in 12th
- Theory of knowledge metacognition class
- Small classes, nurturing community
- Service learning trips

Green Connections - Swedish American Chamber of Commerce San Diego
Thursday, Nov 12, 2015, 8:45 AM to 5:00 PM with "after party" until 8PM
Kona Kai Resort & Marina, 1551 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA
The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce San Diego strives to make greener connections between Sweden and the San Diego region. With the help of the chamber's partners City of San Diego and San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (EDC) the fourth annual Green Connections conference connect American and Swedish innovative clean tech organizations to work together, exchange ideas and share experiences to build a better future.  This year's theme is Smart Cities - Applied Solutions and Next Steps.  Get your tickets here (link   For more information about the conference click here (

Keizai Silicon Valley US-Japan Business Forum - Exploring Manufacturing 2.0
Monday, Nov 16, 2015, 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM 
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, 650 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto

Technologies such as robotics, 3D printing and printed electronics are showing promise further change. There are also trends to consider such as increasing costs in China and some manufacturing in returning to the United States. This discussion will bring together people involved in the field to discuss these and other aspects of today's manufacturing environment.

Entrepreneurship in Latin America
Wednesday, Nov 18, 2015, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM 
SkyDeck Berkeley, 2150 Shattuck Avenue, Penthouse, Berkeley

What will it take to further develop the LatAm ecosystem? Join us for another exclusive discussion with founders and investors in the Latin American region. Learn how successful local entrepreneurs are overcoming challenges and building successful enterprises.

Cleantech Open - Global Forum 2015
Wednesday, Nov 18, 2015, 2:00 PM to Thursday, Nov 19, 7:00 PM 
GSVlabs, 425 Broadway St., Redwood City and Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco

Every November, we celebrate the graduation of a new cohort of entrepreneurs who are tackling the world's most pressing energy, environmental and economic challenges. The Global Forum is the culmination of events taking place throughout the year and around the globe.  This year's event promises to be bigger and better than ever as we celebrate our 10 year anniversary!  40% discount for GABA members when you register here:

FACCSF - La Soiree 2015 French American Gastronomy and Wine Show
Friday, Nov 20, 2015, 6:00 PM to 1:00 AM 
Terra Gallery, 511 Harrison St, San Francisco

​La Soirée is back Friday November 20th! Dress up in your finest 007 style and get ready to taste delicious foods, outstanding wines and to enjoy a sultry dance party at the 34th fundraiser of the French-American Chamber of Commerce.
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. We are very pleased to extend a special 20% discount for all members of German American Business Association of California, Inc. when they register as delegates from now until Friday, Nov. 6, 2015.  Use Promo Code GABA20
Email [email protected] to register.

New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate:
SAP America Inc.

Lever X
Bank of the West

Alcorn Immigration Law
Silicon Valley Corporate Relocation
German American School of Palo Alto (Saturday School)
Metabolic Balance Inc.
Solid Health Insurance Services

Individual Members:
Steffen Bartschat
Jim Boeven
Armin Bruderlin
Petra Chequer
Linda Cleary
Nataly Funk
John Holcomb, Jr.
Dan Hoover
Jens Horstmann
Frank Hucke
Bettina Jetter
Harvey Karlovac
First Name Last Name
Dennis Lehmkuhl
Stephanie Lippert
Ulrich Lohmann
Gitta Mueller
Alexandra Post
Clemens Rossberg
Boris Schubert
Nicolai Schwarz-Gondek
Marco Siegloch
Chloe Soroquere
Alex Urmersbach
Roland Wartenberg
Angelica Weihs
Jeanne Zimmer
Anke Zwirner

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 October "Newcomer Mixer" event, was a full success, with many of our GABA members present to offer their support and services to newcomers.  We hope to add this to our mix of regular events for the years to come. 
GABA's Interest Groups (IG's) provide resources and networking opportunities specific to each interest:

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

Lufthansa is excited to announce expanded service in the Bay Area in 2016 with the start of a San Jose - Frankfurt flight.  Starting April, 2016, Lufthansa will offer nonstop service to Frankfurt five times weekly and feature three seating classes: Business Class, Premium Economy, and Economy Class. Bookable now!

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

  Exhibition opening hours: Mondays thru Thursdays, 10/30 to 11/05, 2 pm to 6pm
Goethe Institute ART-Lounge, 530 Bush Street, San Francisco

NewHive and the Goethe-Institut of San Francisco invited artists to submit work based on the theme of "Manufacturing Transparency?"using NewHive's multimedia publishing platform. Artists were encouraged to design pages with original text, animations, audio, and videos, or make use of NewHive's code editor to build a page from scratch.
For further information contact:

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