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April 2016

GABA's Newcomer Mixer San Francisco will be on May 12th. We would like to put out a call to all business members for this opportunity to share their expertise with newcomers.  GABA members and local 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!  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 ask about opportunities to provide info at the event, to book microphone time or to sponsor this event!

Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director
Main Supporters:
SAP WilmerHale

GABA Events

SoCal Breakfast Golf @ Links at Victoria Golf Course
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 06:30 AM - 9:00 AM
340 East 192nd Street, Carson 

We are excited to offer this new series of Golf as a new GABA networking platform! Enjoy the special package and pricing at our Golf Breakfast at The Links at Victoria Golf Course.

GABA Stammtisch Alameda 
Wednesday, April 6, 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 Whiskey Red's
Thursday, April 7, 2016 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5835 Washington Blvd, 13813 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey

Located in the idyllic Fisherman's village of Marina del Rey, Whiskey Red's is the largest man-made yacht basin in the world!  Bring your friends, family or colleagues and enjoy the expansive patio with spectacular views over the deep blue pacific. Our GABA guest will be offered a unique selection of specialty appetizers and drinks.

Microbiome - New Avenues for Combating Diseases?
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 06:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Duane Morris LLP, Spear Tower, One Market Plaza, Suite 2200, San Francisco

The human microbiome is making waves lately as advances in sequencing, microbiology and medicine have established links between the variety of microbes in the gut and human health.  In our panel we will discuss the role of microbial activities in its human host and how new findings can be applied to develop treatments against diseases for which no cures are available yet.

GABA Stammtisch San Francisco
Wednesday, April 13, 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 Twilight Golf @ Recreation Park 18 Golf Course
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 04:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Recreation Park 18 Golf Course, 5001 Deukmejian Drive, Long Beach

We are excited to offer this new series of Golf as a new GABA networking platform! Enjoy the special package and pricing for our GABA guests!

SoCal Stammtisch OC at Aqua Lounge
Thursday, April 14, 2016 06:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach

Join us for a relaxing evening at the Aqua Lounge located inside the Island Hotel.  Savor your favorite cocktails and appetizers at half price during Happy Hour from 5 to 7pm.
Hope to see you there!

GABA-Munich: The Royal Jungle
Thursday, April 14, 2016 01:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Hearthouse, Alte Boerse, Lenbachplatz 2, Munich

The Royal Jungle is an international rave for startup rebels! Win a trip to London aboard The Royal Jungle Private Startup Jet!  Don't miss this unique networking experience and opportunity to learn about promising start-ups, and share invaluable knowledge among experts.

Blockchain Beyond Bitcoin
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 06:00 PM - 10:00 PM
DB Labs, 2650 Birch Street, Suite 150, Palo Alto

In this event, we will showcase some of the recent entries to blockchain, using the technology in new and innovative ways. This is your chance to meet some of the startups that are developing products and services using blockchain and to hear more about opportunities in FinTech. A panel of judges will provide commentary and discussion, and the audience will vote on the most innovative blockchain technology company for the evening.

GABA Stammtisch Santa Cruz
Wednesday, April 20, 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, April 20, 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!

SoCal Twilight Golf @ Links at Victoria Golf Course
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 03:30 PM - 5:00 PM
340 East 192nd Street, Carson 

We are excited to offer this new series of Golf as a new GABA networking platform! Enjoy the special package and pricing at The Links at Victoria Golf Course.

SoCal Stammtisch San Diego at Harley Gray
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
902 W. Washington Street, b/t Hawk St & Goldfinch St in Mission Hills, San Diego 

Harley Gray is described by owner John Ealy as "a space to meet new friends, celebrate good times, treasure our time with others and make memories" is the meeting place for our April Stammtisch San Diego. Integrated within the diversified neighborhood of Mission Hills, it is a place where you find "great food, friendly and truly meaningful service and a flare for fun". We hope to see you there!

GABA Stammtisch Sacramento
Thursday, April 21, 2016 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Der Biergarten, 2332 K. Street, Sacramento

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: Year of the Monkey Innovation Festival
Thursday, April 21, 2016 08:00 AM - 10:00 PM
BACKSTAGE MÜNCHEN, Reitknechtstr. 6, Munich

Come join us and get the vibes of digital leaders, neuroscientists, mavericks and basejumpers on topics including Connected Cars, IoT, Digital Transformation, and Mindfulness.

SoCal Breakfast Golf @ River View Golf Course
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 06:30 AM - 9:00 AM
1800 W Santa Clara Ave, Santa Ana

We are excited to offer this new series of Golf as a new GABA networking platform! Enjoy the special package and pricing at our upcoming Golf Breakfast at River View Golf.

SoCal "Personal Branding for Success" Workshop
Thursday, April 28, 2016 06:00 PM - 8:30 PM
14988 Sand Canyon Ave, Studio 4, Irvine
Business Networking has always been important, but today especially it is vital to long term business success. Sven shows how he took the impact of the 2008 great recession to reinvent himself and to grow his network faster than ever before.

Partner Events

Startup Conference and International Startup Fair
Thursday, May 19, 2016 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway Street, Redwood City

GABA is a supporting organization of the Startup Conference 2016. With close to 2,000 entrepreneurs, the Startup Conference is one of the larger conferences in Silicon Valley for starting your startup, learning how to pitch VCs, find co-founders, launch your product to the press, reach early adopters and influencers. Past conference speakers include Guy Kawasaki, Drew Houston, Ben Parr and many more entrepreneurs and VCs. Stop by the International Startup Fair and discover hot new startups and cool technologies. The fair features over 45 companies showcasing (demoing) their products, the fair is free and open to the public. GABA members receive a 20% discount for the Startup Conference and demo tables at the fair. Book yours soon, it sells out every year. Please use promotion code "GABA20" to register. 

Silicon Valley Forum - World Cup Tech Challenge 2016
This June, World Cup Tech Challenge is back for its third glorious year-think your startup can win the Cup- Apply now to represent your company-and your country-in one of six Groups at the World Cup Tech Challenge on June 1st at Microsoft in Silicon Valley! The deadline for submission is April 15th, 2016; however, we will be screening applications as they come in, and therefore strongly encourage you to send in your application before the deadline. The 24 qualified startups will be announced no later than May 1st, 2016.  For questions, submission criteria, and more information, please visit or contact us at [email protected].
Startups from all over the world will be competing for a spot at the World Cup Tech Challenge-we wish you the best of luck!

Silicon Valley Open Doors - Technology Investment Conference 2016
Wednesday, May 25 - Thursday, May 26, 2016, 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Computer History Museum, 1401 North Shoreline Boulevard, Mountain View

We are happy to announce that this year we partner with SVOD or Silicon Valley Open Doors Conference and all our community members can attend the event with a 20% discount, please use discount code "GABA?"to register. SVOD is a leading boutique technology investment conference that brings together more than 1.5K attendees, including over 600 startup founders, 50+ gurus of the tech industry, 300+ top angels and VCs, 800+ experts, and much more. SVOD's warm international atmosphere and boutique format make it easy to meet speakers, industry experts and other attendees, especially because all the special guests are accessible before and after the panels. The conference is designed for tech and startup community to easily make necessary connections, find new customers, partners and investors. Register now:!

CleanTech Open - Startup Accelerator Program 2016
Applications for the 2016 Accelerator are now open! Cleantech Open is a global accelerator for early-stage clean technology startup companies, and runs an annual six-month program to connect startups with the incredible people, resources, and visibility to help them succeed.

Newport Beach Film Festival
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 7:45PM
Starlight Triangle Square Cinemas 1870 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa

German Spotlight at Newport Beach Film Festival 2016 Film: One Breath. Doors open at 7:45 p.m. Film begins at 8:15 p.m., After event location: Design Within Reach 3303 Hyland Ave., Suite C-1 Costa Mesa, CA 92626, Tickets go on sale online on Friday, April 1, 2016, $45 for the Spotlight screening and after event admission. Use promo code GABANBFF for a $5 discount!

Carroll Burdick & McDonough and Squire Patton Boggs combine
On March 1, 2016 Carroll Burdick combined with Squire Patton Boggs, one of the world's strongest integrated law firms. The combination created the world's premier product quality, brand protection and compliance practice. With three offices in Germany - Berlin, Böblingen and Frankfurt - the combined firm continues to solidify its long-term commitment to serving leading German clients with worldwide business.  For more information, visit

New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate:
Deutsche Telekom
Gordon Biersch Brewing Company Inc.

Avira, Inc.
Keeeb Inc.
The Park Central Hotel San Francisco

PaxVax, Inc.

Individual Members:
Lex Anselm
Andrea Batista
Andrea Bindereif
Anthony Bozanic
Liza Goldstein
Darius Grantz
Sylvia McDonald
Edda Mihaescu, Ph. D.,  P. E.
Sascha Noll
Charlotte Ouwehand
Dietmar Persch
Anna Ralston
Ute Rother
Gerhard Scherer
Alexander Schlee
Olaf Schubert
Laure Spiers
Dorote Weyers-Lucci

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 IoT event March 10 at SAP touched on topics such as connected digitalization, planned or adhoc innovation, complex systems for collaboration, platforms and vertical solutions and had some case studies and real life examples with key lessons.  
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

NRW.INVEST announces
NRW.INVEST announces 3M investment of nearly 70 million euros in expansion of Kamen medical production facilities, one of the largest sums ever spent by the company in Germany.  Kamen emerged as the clear winner amongst the other international manufacturing locations  due to the know-how, capability and experience of the local workforce as well as its high product quality.  With this investment, 3M will expand its medical production with two highly-automated plants. The new facility is due to be completed late 2017 and expected to create more than 20 new jobs over the next two years.

German-American School of Palo Alto - Summer School
June 20 - July 15, 2016
475 Pope Street, Menlo Park
With summer just around the corner, now is the time to sign up for GASPA's annual and ever popular4-week Summer School Camp Program. Camp starts on June 20th and is open to all student ages 3-13, no prior German knowledge required! Don't delay and register today!

Euro Vat Refund Inc. - deadline April 15 
Many US companies are leaving Value Added TAX (VAT) behind on business expenses in Germany. Many unaware about their VAT refund possibilities on events, hotels, transportation, and other costs. Please contact Euro VAT Refund, Inc.  before April 15, 2016 to meet the filing deadline for EU invoices issued in 2015.
Airberlin, Germany's second largest airline and member of oneworldİ, is expanding its route network to the United States, adding San Francisco to its network in May 2016. airberlin will fly five times from San Francisco to Dusseldorf, the airline's main long-haul hub. The Dusseldorf - San Francisco route will commence service as of May 6th, 2016 and will initially feature three flights per week, then increase to five weekly flights starting in June, operating every day of the week except Tuesday and Saturday.

Silicon Valley Corporate Relocation
Silicon Valley Corporate Relocation, LLC ( offers customized boutique destination services to make the relocation experience as efficient and stress-free as possible.  We use our local knowledge to find the best communities, ones and schools to match the transferee's needs.
Royse Law Firm
The Royse Law Firm announces the opening of its new Southern California office, effective March 1, 2016.  New office address: 445 S Figueroa St. 31st Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90071.  Contact Info: phone: 650.813.9700, fax:650.813.9777,

Job Board

PaxVax is searching for a cost account manager reporting to the VP of Finance in the US.  For more information please go to: Please check the job openings of the San Francisco Park Central Hotel under:

Culture Selection

  Opening reception Monday, April 14, 2016 6:30 PM, Exhibition April 18 through May 5, 2016: Mondays through Thursdays, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Goethe-Institute San Francisco, Artlounge, 530 Bush Street, San Francisco

"Weltstadt - Who creates the city?" connects different local interest groups and activists and offers them an international platform to test different forms of city planning. In this way different groups and parties can exchange their ideas and visions which leads to a more innovative, creative and sustainable city of tomorrow.  "Weltstadt - Who creates the city?" is a cooperative project of the Goethe-Institut and the Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conversation, Construction and Reactor Safety.
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