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May 2016

GABA currently has some volunteering opportunities! Volunteering at GABA is the perfect place 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 with the German business community, volunteering with GABA is a great experience.  Please contact Yvonne Dietrich at for NorCal or Kathrin Hager at for SoCal if you would like to find out how to get involved!
Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director
Main Supporters:
SAP WilmerHale

GABA Events

SoCal World Trade Week Kick Off Breakfast 2016
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 07:15 AM - 10:30 AM
JW Marriott at LA Live, 900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles 

Join us at the GABA VIP Tables at this one-of-a-kind annual event.  Meet and mingle with 700 top executives of the Southland's political, business and international trade community.

European Networking - Members Only
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 06:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Cooley, 3175 Hanover Street, Palo Alto

GABA, the French American Chamber of Commerce (FACCSF) and the British American Business Council (BABC) in cooperation with many other European associations, invite you to join us for another wonderful European Networking Event.  Come and mingle with entrepreneurs, VCs and a range of professionals involved in cross-border business in a relaxed and European atmosphere.

GABA Stammtisch Alameda 
Wednesday, May 4, 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 Wirtshaus
Thurssday, May 5, 2016 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wirtshaus, 5825 Washington Blvd, 345 N La Brea Ave, LA

Join our monthly get-together in a cozy atmosphere at the Wirtshaus, a traditional and "gemuetlicher" German pub, restaurant and beer garden.

Virtual and Augmented Reality: Moving Beyond Gaming
Monday, May 9, 2016 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
SAP Building 1, 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto

Learn more about the hottest trend in technology - augmented and virtual reality.  What are the application for business beyond gaming?  Our expert panel includes entrepreneurs, AR/VR evangelists and VCs. Both corporates and startups are invited to demonstrate their AR/VR devices and technologies during the first hour of the event.

GABA Stammtisch San Francisco
Wednesday, May 11, 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!

San Francisco Newcomer Mixer
Thursday, May 12, 2016 06:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP, 44 Montgomery Street, Suite 400, San Francisco

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!

SoCal Stammtisch OC at the Center Club Orange County
Thursday, May 12, 2016 06:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Center Club Orange County, 650 Town Center Drive, Garden Level, Costa Mesa

Expand your network and socialize at our next Stammtisch at the Center Club Orange County.  Center 39 will be partnering with GABA for their next THE SOCIAL mixer.  

GABA Stammtisch Santa Cruz
Wednesday, May 18, 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, May 18, 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 Stammtisch San Diego at Harley Gray
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Harley Gray, 902 W Washington Street, 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 again for our May 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, May 19, 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:, so we can reserve a table for the right number of people.

International Pre-SVOD Party
Monday, May 23, 2016 06:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Pivotal Labs, 3495 Deer Creek Road, Palo Alto

GABA is co-hosting a special networking event before SVOD to welcome our special guests from South Africa and early arriving international SVOD attendees to mingle before the main Conference days. Together with the general networking reception, the event will host a series of 1-min pitches/introductions from the attendees. GABA members receive 50% off the regular price!

GABA-Munich San Francisco Bay Mixer at Parkcafe
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 06:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Parkcafe, Sophienstrasse 7, Munich

Please join GABA-Munich for another San Francisco Bay Mixer, this time at Parkcafe, rain (inside) or shine (Biergarten!).  Look for the German-American flags on the table.  If interested please RSVP to Uschi Joshua at

Foreign Young Professionals in the Bay Area - Pathway to Success
Thursday, May 26, 2016 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Speakeasy Inc., 100 Pine Street, Suite 400, San Francisco

GABA invites you to a panel discussion for young professionals with veterans form the area on how to start their careers in this market.  Our panel will talk about their varying experiences, from founding their own company, to relocating to the Bay area after starting a career elsewhere and working for a multinational Internet corporation.

Global Expansion: How to get it Right the First Time
Thursday, June 9, 2016 06:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Runway Incubator, 1355 Market Street, Suite 488, San Francisco

German Entrepreneurs will share strategic insights about their startup journey in both California and Germany.  Meet the founders and benefit from their insights on both sides of the Atlantic.  A panel discussion with tax, law, and go-to-market experts will feature real-world insights, examples, and practical tips for companies going global.

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 on how to launch 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 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
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:!

British American Business Council - Annual Summer Garden Party
Sunday, June 5, 2016, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Montage Resort, 30801 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach

We invite you, your friends and business colleagues to join The British American Business Council, World Affairs Council and GABA for a wonderful afternoon on the cliff top at the Montage Resort. Register here:

Intersolar & ees North America
Conference: July 11, 2016 - July 13, 2016
Exhibition: July 12, 2016 - July 14, 2016
Moscone Center, 747 Howard St, San Francisco
Take your chance to register for INTERSOLAR and ees - North Americas' most-attended solar-and-energy-storage events. Each July in the heart of North America's ever-expanding solar market, Intersolar and co-located ees celebrate the solar and energy storage industry's success at the most well attended solar trade show event in North America. It's your chance to see the latest products from 550 solar and storage companies and network with 18,000 professionals from around the world. 
GABA is thrilled to partner with Intersolar and ees North America again. As an official partner we are able to offer benefits that you simply can't afford to miss.  GABA members receive free access to the exhibition, even if you register after May 6 (Free Expo Registration Deadline)  Celebrate Intersolar's 25th Anniversary! Register until May 6 and get a 25% conference discount! Afterwards GABA members receive a 10% discount on conference tickets!

New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate:
Invest Region Leipzig GmbH
YOUTV by NETlantic

Mercedes-Benz Research & Devolopment North America, Inc.
Squire Patton Boggs LLP
YES Partners

Al Majlis Management Consultants & Studies
Brix and Partners LLC
Eppendorf Public Accountancy

Highr, Inc.
Philipp Weitz Photography
Sperry Van Ness Difference

Individual Members:
Mark B. Johnson
Michaela Rauscher
Etienne Finet
Jurgen Menge
John Mack
Victor Florian
Markus Fromherz
Richard Chamberlain
Wes Brewer
James Cady
Sandra Hausmann
Kurt Mac Millan
Ralph Merrem
Karl May
Johanna Eigen
Henrik Petrossian
John Chaudhry
Ben Steven
Gary Mack
Daniel Won
Lloyd Mariner
Torsten Gessner
Inna Brickmann
Uli Blankenstein

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

Interest Groups

Welcome to Silicon Valley: How Corporates Are Plugging In
Entrepreneurs & Venture Capital SIG:  The "Blockchain Beyond Bitcoin" (April 19th) at Deutsche Bank Labs showcased startups utilizing blockchain technology. A panel of experts provided a round of insightful discussion after each presentation.
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

Lufthansa announces
Get ready for Lufthansa's new San Jose - Frankfurt flight!  Travelers in the Silicon Valley can fly nonstop to the heart of Europe and beyond starting July 1st.  The flight will operate five times a week and feature Premium Economy Class, as well as Business and Economy Class.  Visit to book!

GISSV Summer Camp
The GISSV Saturday School offers from June 20th - July 15th, 2016 a German Immersion Summer Camp. Children learn German in a creative atmosphere! Adult classes are from 7-9 PM.  We welcome students from 1st grade up to 8th grade (14 years) with and without prior knowledge. See

Javaji System Solutions Inc.
Javaji System Solutions Inc. has opened a new office in San Francisco, please connect with them via! Javaji System Solutions Inc. is your partner in being one step ahead. Their Germany-based business offers top-notch personnel for your projects as well as comprehensive consulting in future technologies and IOT. 

Leipzig Invest - Leipzig goes West-Coast: Meet us in the Bay Area June 6-10
Thinking global? If you are an entrepreneur or startup ready for expansion or business in Europe, let's discuss your future scenario in the Leipzig region.  Set up a meeting with us in the Bay Area during June 6-10 (contact: Helen Stoehr, Manager International Market and Business Development,; +1 917 348 6600).  Also come and meet us at the GABA event: Global Expansion: How to get it Right the First Time June 9th in SF.

YOU TV has launched a new app. You can watch more than 10,000 German-language TV broadcasts downloaded to a local device. For more information, go to   or YOUTV®  To subscribe YOUTV®:

German-American School of Palo Alto - Summer School
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!
E&M Mayock Immigration & Nationality Law
E&M Mayock is proud to welcome new attorney Melanie Ong!  She represents entrepreneurs, corporations, and individuals in immigration matters. Melanie focuses on E-2 visas for investors, L-1 intracompany transferees, and O-1 extraordinary ability individuals. For Green Card seekers, she focuses on multinational executives and "rock stars" - those with extraordinary abilities.

World Inside Out
World Inside Out is now hiring local-gurus in San Francisco Bay Area.  Local gurus share guidance about the area with expats and relocated employees of successful Silicon Valley companies to simplify settling down and remove the disconnect for newcomers. The position is a paid side-gig for borderless minded locals to enjoy flexible hours and networking opportunities. 
Please, apply at!localguru-1/c3mgx

Kienbaum Consultants
OEHA is a membership organization dedicated to shaping the future of healthcare operations. As many healthcare organizations face the possibility of serious financial hardship, OEHA delivers the operational optimization needed to drive superior clinical and financial outcomes. OEHA hosts a webinar series, broadcast the third Wednesday of every month (12 - 1 pm ET), where alliance experts present emerging healthcare topics.  To register for webinars or to find out more about OEHA, visit Operational Excellence Healthcare Alliance or

Job Board

The Director of Finance and Operations is a fulltime, year-round administrative position. S/he reports to the Director and serves as a member of the Leadership Team.  For more information and details on how to apply, please visit our website:  

For up-to-date listings, see the GABA website

Culture Selection

  Opening reception, May 11, 2016 6:30 PM, Exhibition May 12 through June 30, 2016: Mondays through Thursdays, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Goethe-Institute San Francisco, Artlounge, 530 Bush Street, San Francisco

Wenzel Ziersch was born on January 19, 1965 in Munich. He lives and works in Holzhausen at the Ammersee. Since 1996 his works can be seen in solo and group exhibitions in Germany and abroad.  In 1996 Wenzel discovered writing as medium for the creation of his images resulting in three groups of work "Gegenbild", "Einschreibung" und "Übung" which translates to "antithesis", "registration" and "exercise".
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