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March 2016

GABA is excited to introduce Katharina Rock as our new Chairman.  Katharina Rock is a SVP Development Services & Tools at SAP Labs in Palo Alto.  She has been with SAP for 18 years and has held a wide variety of responsibilities.  We also would like to thank Daniel Zimmerman for his years as GABA’s Chairman!  He will continue to serve as a director on the GABA board.

Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director
Main Supporters:
SAP WilmerHale
Media Sponsor:

NRW Invest

GABA Events

GABA Stammtisch Alameda 
Wednesday, March 2, 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 FP Contemporary
Thursday, March 3, 2016 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5835 Washington Blvd., Culver City

Celebrate the beginning of spring at this very unique opportunity to experience world class art by Claudia Meyer while enjoying complimentary drinks and appetizers at our monthly Stammtisch networking.

GABA Stammtisch San Francisco
Wednesday, March 9, 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 The Resort at Pelican Hill
Thursday, March 10, 2016 06:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Great Room Social Lounge, The Resort At Pelican Hill, 22701 South Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast

We cordially invite you, your friends and colleagues, to join us for our next Stammtisch in the Great Room Social Lounge at The Resort at Pelican Hill. Relax and admire the breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean from the balustrade of the Palazzo.

IoT - Technology and Business Model Disruption
Thursday, March 10, 2016 06:00 PM - 9:00 PM
SAP Building 1, 3410 Hillview Ave, Palo Alto

IoT - Life Changing Disruption: Innovation, Collaboration, New Business Models.  The topics of this panel discussion will include:  Connected Digitalization, Planned or Adhoc innovation, Complex Systems, New Business Models and Challenges, Case studies, Outlook: short, medium, log-term, what to watch for.  Please join us for this discussion.

GABA Stammtisch Santa Cruz
Wednesday, March 16, 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, March 16, 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!

European Networking - Members Only
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 06:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Nixon Peabody, One Embarcadero Center, Suite 1800, San Francisco 

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.

GABA Stammtisch Sacramento
Thursday, March 17, 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.

GABA-Munich: San Francisco Bay Mixer
Thursday, March 17, 2016 06:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Schumann’s Bar Am Hofgarten, Odeonsplatz 6-7, Munich

Join us as we celebrate kicking-off the San Francisco Bay Mixer with a craft beer.  Eat, and enjoy a fun-filled evening in a relaxed atmosphere. Wear your best green, invite your friends, family and colleagues.  Be the lucky one to win a 12-year-old whiskey your leprechauns will keep for you as a hidden treasure.....provided you come early!  Just look out for us leprechauns when sliding into Schumann’s Bar.  We will be waiting for you!

SoCal Smart City Los Angeles: Mobility 3.0 - The Future of Transportation
Thursday, March 24, 2016 06:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Anneberg House, 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica

GABA’s panel of experts will discuss and illustrate the future of transportation in Los Angeles. Learn about the transition to connected and autonomous vehicles in the city, multimodal transport advancements, and future of goods movement.

Captivate - Featuring German Startups
Thursday, March 21, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
HanaHaus, 456 University Ave, Palo Alto

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

Navigating the New, Scalable Worker Model
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 06:00 PM - 9:00 PM
DLA Piper, 555 Mission Street, #2400, San Francisco
Learn from the panelists how to achieve scalability and flexibility in the U.S. and abroad, when to hire independent contractors vs. employees vs. other alternative workers and to discuss recent industry examples and trends.

Partner Events

Bay Brazil - Global Women's Journey
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 06:00 PM - 8:30 PM
SAP Building 1, 3410 Hillview Ave, Palo Alto
On March 9th, join us to celebrate the International Women's Day and discuss career development. Our guest speakers will talk about their roles in tech companies and provide insights on strategies and skills needed for success in management and leadership.


New and Renewing Members


Premium Corporate:
Deutsche Bank
Euro VAT Refund, Inc.
Kienbaum Consultants, Inc.

Rueter Partner

Bavarian U.S. Offices / West Coast
Detecon, Inc.
NRW Invest (North America) LLC
Robert Bosch LLC

LCThe Park Central Hotel San Francisco

Bizruptor corp.
California Business Law Office
CarMedialab Corp.
Chiral Software, Inc.
WDE international Inc.

Individual Members:
Andreas Bechtolsheim
Adi Berglez
Reiner Braun
Yvonne Busch
Michelle Domond
Karen Gallagher
Beatrice Hallig
Matthias Hesse
Simone Hils-Seewoester
Arch Hoffman
Uschi Joshua, MBA
Steffen Leisner
Ulrich Leister
Johannes Lintzen
Sylvia Martini
Jeffrey Mayer
Thomas Nelson
kurt neumann
Withbert Payne
Kim Planert
Tim Pruesener
Thomas Seewoester
Frank Swoboda
Christina Westphal
Philip Wilson

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
As always, our annual event on Cyber Security has been well visited and received.  In collaboration with TeleTrusT, the IT Security Association Germany, GABA presents a panel with cyber security thought leaders from both Germany and the United States to discuss the German and the U.S. approach to cyber security and opportunities for trans-Atlantic cooperation in this field.
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

Taylor Wessing - EU Data Protection Conference
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 02:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Quadrus Conference Center, 2400 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park
Taylor Wessing is holding their inaugural US Data Protection Conference addressing the latest developments in EU data protection law. This conference will provide a 360 degree overview on the General Data Protection Regulation. Speakers include a German State Data Protection Regulator as well as thought leaders from eBay, Palantir, Facebook, TRUSTe, and SAP. For a full agenda and free registration please go to

GAIS - Open House
The German American International School in Menlo Park is hosting an open house on Saturday, March 19, from 2pm to 4pm.  Explore the IB curriculum through presentations and open classrooms from preschool through high school.  RSVP:, questions: [email protected]

Bosch - Electric Bike Expo
Come experience the thrill of electric bikes by taking a FREE test ride! Visit the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto on April 22nd through 24th to try over 80 eBike models on an outdoor test track. Learn firsthand how eBikes are energizing commuting and recreation nationwide!  For more info visit:

GISSV - Announcing New Head of School
The German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV) is delighted to announce that Mr. Michael Koops will join the school as the new Head of School for the 2016/2017 school year.
Royse Law Firm
Royse Law Firm is moving our Silicon Valley Office effective on March 1, 2016. Our new address is 149 Commonwealth Drive, Suite 1001, Menlo Park, CA  94025.

Park Central Hotel San Francisco - Promotional Rate for GABA Members
Take advantage of all the great shopping, restaurant choices, theater, festivals and other cultural experiences that make the city by the bay so magical at any time of the year.  Rates from $129.  Ask for the promotional rate PCSF20.  The Park Central Hotel is a Starwood Hotel, located at 50 Third Street, SF.  Reservations: 888-627-8561,

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!

GABA Munich - Munich’s Year of the Monkey Innovation Festival
GABA-Munich places keynote speaker Prof.Dr.Dietmar Harhoff at Munich’s YearoftheMonkey Innovation Festival.  Come join digital leaders, neuroscientists, mavericks and Basejumpers on topics including Connected Cars, IoT/ Wearables, Mindfulness, future of media/work, and education in Munich on April 21,2016.

Culture Selection

  Thursday, March 17, 6:30 PM 
Goethe-Institute San Francisco, Artlounge, 530 Bush Street, San Francisco

Lecture by Harald Welzer.  Prof. Dr. Harald Welzer (born 1958) is a sociologist and social psychologist.  Co-founder and director of "Futur Two. Foundation sustainability ". Furthermore he is Professor of Transformation Design and Placement at the University of Flensburg and a permanent visiting professor of social psychology at the University of St. Gallen.  He is a Member of the Council for Sustainable Development of the Federal Government and the Future Council of Schleswig-Holstein. 

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