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Febuary 2016

The GABA Gala 2016 took place on January 22nd at the St. Francis Yacht Club with awards presented to Margit Wennmachers of Andreessen Horowitz (GABA Award of Excellence) and to the startups Datameer and Taulia. (GABA Startup Awards). It was a resounding success. Over 200 guests joined our celebration.  Here are some pictures of the evening.   

Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director
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GABA Events

GABA Stammtisch Alameda 
Wednesday, Feb 3, 2016 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 LA at Culver Hotel
Thursday, Feb 4, 2016 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Culver Hotel, 9400 Culver Blvd., Culver City

Please come and join us at the glamorous Culver Hotel, a historical landmark, and a true 'jewel' in the heart of Culver City since 1924. Celebrities like Greta Garbo, Frank Sinatra and the cast from "The Wizard of Oz" (1939) stayed here while filming during the Hollywood Golden Era. Owned by John Wayne for many years, the hotel is of timeless elegance with its stylish interior, and always worth a visit.  Bring your friends, family or colleagues for a Stammtisch going back in time!

GABA Stammtisch San Francisco
Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 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 OC at Leatherby's Cafe Rouge
Thursday, Feb 11, 2016 06:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Westin South Coast Plaza, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa

We are excited to welcome our Stammtisch guests at the exquisite Leatherby's Café Rouge, ideally located within Orange County's cultural epicenter, Segerstrom Center for the Arts!  A section of the restaurant, including the bar, is solely reserved for GABA guests this evening. Leatherby's is one of the hidden jewels within OC.

SoCal Stammtisch San Diego at Ocean Beach Warehouse
Wednesday, Feb 17, 2016 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Ocean Beach Warehouse, 4839 Newport Ave, San Diego

Bring your friends, family or colleagues for a relaxed and fun filled evening at this industrial-chic location. The restaurants eclectic global cuisine and vintage decor create a comfortable casual hangout in the heart of downtown Ocean Beach. We look forward to seeing you there!

GABA Stammtisch Santa Cruz
Wednesday, Feb 17, 2016 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, Feb 17, 2016 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, Feb 18, 2016 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.

European Networking - Members Only
Thursday, Feb 25, 2016 06:00 PM - 8:00 PM
HD Buttercup, 290 Townsend Street, San Francisco (TBD)

Come and mingle with entrepreneurs, VC's and a range of professionals involved in cross-border business in a very relaxed and European atmosphere! These events regularly attract more than 150 international business professionals and due to its popularity is reserved exclusively for members of the partnering organizations and one guest per member only.

SoCal Living and Working in the US - Perspectives on Immigration, Taxes and Liability Risks
Thursday, Feb 25, 2016 06:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Goethe-Institute Los Angeles, 5750 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 100, Los Angeles

Learn about comprehensive strategies for your short-term or long-term stay in the United States. Whether you are new to the U.S. or have been here for many years, whether your stay is temporary or permanent.
During the presentations and the following Question and Answer session with the audience, our panel of experts on immigration law, taxes, and liability risks will provide answers and comprehensive strategies.

Cyber Security 2016
Monday, Feb 29, 2016 11:30 AM - 4:15 PM
Hotel Courtyard Marriott, Rincon Ballroom, 299 2nd St, San Francisco

The German American Business Association, in collaboration with TeleTrusT, the IT Security Association Germany, invites you to a panel with cyber security thought leaders from both Germany and the United States to discuss the German and the U.S. approach to this challenge and opportunities for trans-Atlantic cooperation in this field.

New and Renewing Members

Avira, Inc.
Bank of the West, Los Angeles
Euler Hermes North America
Technische Universitaet Munchen - San Francisco

Javaji Systems Solutions

Individual Members:
Robert Biczek
Peter Biffar
Rene Biller
Gerrit Brand
Reiner Braun
Thomas Feith
Devan Friday
Tracey Grose
Oliver Hanisch
Hilmar Heier
Rike Hellermann
Barbara Holzapfel
Bertram Kiesling
Christian Koepp
Clemens Kownatzki
John McNamara
Les Pedrazzini
Lothar Rauch
Sabine Remdisch
Michael Rolland
Thorsten Ruehl
Oliver Schempp
Tom Schulz
Oscar Segurado
Ting Song
Anna Staats
Lorenz Verzosa
Ulf Waldmann
Michael Wolff

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
"GABA Stammtisch", a monthly social mixer for the German-American community take place at various locations in Southern and Northern California.  It is a great opportunity to network and meet new people!  You can find dates and locations in the GABA event calendar.
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
Newcomers IG
Software IG
Wireless / Mobile IG
Women in Business 
Young Professionals IG

Member News

E&M Mayock
Winning a new H-1B visa in 2016 will be tougher than ever! Over 250,000 petitions will be filed for the 85,000 available visas on April 1st.  Don't be left out.  Get your process going.   For further details, please contact immigration attorneys E&M Mayock at 415-765-5111 or email: [email protected].
Techical University of Munich (TUM) - San Francisco Office
The Technical University of Munich has recently opened a North America Office in San Francisco to raise its international visibility. It advises on partnership projects with universities and contributes to the recruitment of excellent students and researchers. The office also seeks to explore prospects with potential partners from industry that combine study abroad periods in the U.S. and Germany with short-term opportunities in these companies. For detailed information or inquiries, please contact Dolores Volkert at [email protected]
Airberlin - Nonstop from San Francisco to Duesseldorf
Airberlin, Germany's second largest airline will return to San Francisco in spring. The 5-times-weekly service will commence on May 6th, 2016 and will be operated with an Airbus A330-200. Travelers on this airberlin flight can choose from 2 seating options: Economy Class with a standard or XL seat and Business Class.  For more information and flight reservations visit our website at

Avira - the RSA Conference 2016 (Feb 29 - March 4) at the Moscone Center in SF
Avira: Security made in Germany is coming to RSA 2016! Come visit us at booth 4020/22 and learn more about our advanced efforts to defend against the next generation of malware - from OEM to safe browsing and beyond. We look forward to seeing you there!  
Enviacon - Transatlantic Business Forum in Berlin
Thursday, March 3, 2016, 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Ludwig Erhard Haus Berlin, Fasanenstr. 85, Berlin

You are part of the U.S.-German business community and looking for new business partners? Come join us at the 2nd Transatlantic Business Forum (TAB-Forum) and explore new business opportunities and current developments in the U.S.-German context:


Inside GABA

Volunteering Opportunities at GABA
Volunteering at GABA is the perfect place to start to renew or build your network.  Whether you are looking to get back into the work force or would just like to keep in close contact to the German business community in the Bay Area volunteering with GABA is a great experience.  Please contact Yvonne Dietrich at [email protected] if you would like to find out how to get involved!

Job Board

Lufthansa is offering students the chance to experience a dynamic sales and marketing internship in downtown San Francisco. Lufthansa is looking for candidates currently enrolled in Bay Area colleges or universities to fill an internship for 20 hours a week for a maximum of six months.  Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident  (green card) or have a legal work permit for employment. Please send a cover letter and resume or request further information at [email protected] and reference "SFO Internship".

Culture Selection

  Sunday, Feb 14, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Goethe-Institute San Francisco, Auditorium, 530 Bush Street, San Francisco

Jutta Richter is among the most celebrated German children's authors. After having spent a year in Detroit as an exchange student, she published her first book while she was still in school. She later studied theology, German studies and journalism in Münster, Germany. She has written more than twenty books, for which she has won several awards, including the German Youth Literature Award. In addition, the author has also written radio plays, children's plays and songs.
For further information contact:

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