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June 2016

The GABA summer program is not only filled with high-profile panels but also offers wonderful opportunities for fun and casual gatherings.  Join fellow German soccer fans in June for our Soccer EM 2016 events at the newly opened Ludwigs German Table.  Enjoy the game with our German community and root for our team.  See our event listings below for details.

Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director
Main Supporters:
SAP WilmerHale

GABA NoCal Events

GABA Stammtisch Alameda 
Wednesday, June 1, 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.

GABA Stammtisch San Francisco
Wednesday, June 8, 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!

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 of tax, law, and go-to-market experts will feature real-world insights, examples, and practical tips for companies going global.

Soccer Euro Cup 2016!
Sunday, June 12, 2016 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Ludwig's German Table, 261 North Second Street, San Jose

There is no better way to watch soccer/football/Fußball than with friends and fellow supporters so please join us to watch Germany face their opponents in the Euro Cup 2016 at Ludwig's Table in San Jose.  No RSVP needed, free to attend, welcome! 

The Ecosystem of Mobility
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 06:00 PM - 9:00 PM
DB Labs, 2650 Birch Street, Suite 150, Palo Alto

The race to become a new mobility provider has started. And what may seem like a marathon could also be a 100 meter sprint on ground that nobody has stepped on before. Who will win the race? A traditional car manufacturer? Apple, Google, Uber? GABA invites you to a panel discussion on what is "new mobility" and what it means to become a new mobility provider.

GABA Stammtisch Santa Cruz
Wednesday, June 15, 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.

Soccer Euro Cup 2016!
Thursday, June 16, 2016 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Ludwig's German Table, 261 North Second Street, San Jose

There is no better way to watch soccer/football/Fußball than with friends and fellow supporters so please join us to watch Germany face their opponents in the Euro Cup 2016 at Ludwig's Table in San Jose.  No RSVP needed, free to attend, welcome! 

GABA Stammtisch Sacramento
Thursday, June 16, 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.

Soccer Euro Cup 2016!
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Ludwig's German Table, 261 North Second Street, San Jose

There is no better way to watch soccer/football/Fußball than with friends and fellow supporters so please join us to watch Germany face their opponents in the Euro Cup 2016 at Ludwig's Table in San Jose.  No RSVP needed, free to attend, welcome! 

GABA SoCal Events

SoCal Living and Working in the U.S.
Thursday, June 2, 2016 06:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Catamaran resort Hotel and Spa, 3999 Mission Blvd, San Diego

Join GABA at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego to learn about solutions from a panel of experts on immigration law, taxes and liability risks for your stay in the United States.

SoCal Stammtisch LA at BRU HAUS
Thursday, June 2, 2016 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
BRU HAUS, 11831 Wilshire Blvd, LA

Enjoy mingling and networking with friends or colleagues who are interested in fostering the Californian-German connection as we continue our monthly tradition at this exciting locale. 

SoCal Stammtisch OC at EATS Kitchen & Bar
Thursday, June 9, 2016 06:00 PM - 9:00 PM
EATS Kitchen & Bar, Inside the Irvine Hotel, 17900 Jamboree Rd, Irvine

Join us for our next networking event at EATS Kitchen & Bar and Let Chef Jason delight your palate with his culinary talents. Enjoy your favorite cocktail and/or appetizer in the open air by the cozy fire-pit area of the spacious patio.  Happy hour is  from 6 - 7 pm where you will find $2 small bites, $3 draft beer and $4 wines.

SoCal Stammtisch San Diego at Hotel Solamar
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
LOUNGEsix at Hotel Solamar, 435 6th Ave at J Street, San Diego

Meet us on the spectacular LOUNGEsix Terrace at the fire pits along a buzzing social scene and indulge in fresh fruit cocktails and savory seasonal bites for our next monthly networking Stammtisch in San Diego.

GABA Munich Events

GABA-Munich: San Francisco Bay Mixer at Schumann's
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 06:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Schumann's Bar Am Hofgarten, Odeonsplatz 6-7, Munich

Join the German-American Business Association Munich for our monthly San Francisco Bay Mixer with a craft beer, eat, and enjoy a fun-filled evening in a relaxed atmosphere. Invite your friends, family and colleagues. We will meet at the bar right at the entrance. Look for a small American flag.  See you there.

GABA-Munich: Clean Tech Financing Panel: Who Invests Where and Why?
Monday, June 20, 2016 06:00 PM - 9:30 PM
PinsentMasons, Ottostrasse 21, Munich

The German-American Business Association Munich and Pinsent Masons would like to invite you to this panel of industry experts, investors and VCs to talk about financing in Cleanteach.


Partner Events

Cleantech Pitchfest in San Francisco
Wedesday, June 1, 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Marines' Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco

The Lawrence Berkeley Lab's Science at the Theater program comes to San Francisco's Marine's Memorial Theatre, with topics from turning CO2 into fuel and desalinating seawater in an energy efficient way, to capturing carbon from smokestacks using nano tech.  Free Admission, but RSVP here.

California Spain Chamber of Commerce - What's going on in Silicon Valley?  Trends and Predictions
Thursday, June 2, 2016 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fenwick&West LLP 801 California Street, Mountain View

This panel discussion will be made up of a group of Silicon Valley's leading venture capitalists, who will share their thoughts about the potential launch of new IPO's, which industries will demise and flourish over the course of 2016, which company could be the new Unicorn, if any.  Register here.

Global Chamber San Francisco - SFO Go Global Seminar
Friday, June 3, 2016 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Royse Law Firm, 149 Commonwealth Drive, Suite 1001, Menlo Park

Thinking of expanding into new international markets?  You don't want to miss this 1-Day Seminar presented by DoubleNova Group and organized by the Global Chamber® San Francisco. The globalization experts will address the benefits and pitfalls, and share best practices and proven frameworks for Going Global.  Register here with the GABA member discount promo10. 

TU Automotive Detroit 2016
June 8-9, 2016 Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, MI
TU-Automotive Detroit is the undisputed home of the connected carWith 150 speakers, 300 booths and 3000 attendees it's the world's biggest conference & exhibition dedicated to automotive tech. innovation.

Keizai SV - Trends in Biotech: Value Creation and Innovation
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, 650 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto

The panelists will share their experiences and insights on value creation via sound business model and innovation in disease treatments, which are the two important elements for growth and success. Effective partnership/M&A as well as ever-changing US/global regulatory challenges and opportunities will also be discussed.  Register here.

RocketSpace - Live Webinar: Recruiting, Managing and Retaining the Right People to Scale Your Startup
Thursday, June 23, 2016 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
RocketSpace is partnering with growth specialist and successful serial entrepreneur Dr. Frumi Barr to bring you a webinar about people's key role in growing your startup. Join us to learn proven strategies to make the most of the talent already in your organization and recruit some of the best people to scale your company. Register today!

Captivate - Featuring German Startups
Thursday, June 23, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Runway Incubator, 1355 Market Street, Suite 488, San Francisco

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.


New and Renewing Members

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Open Domain, Inc.
Tiburon Consulting LLC

Individual Members:
David Chaudron
Britta Fischlin
James Gallagher
Tilmann Gruber
Rosslyn Beth Hummer
Paul Kamper
Amelia Kuschel, LL.M.
Chris Langdon
Mario Eric Moss
Ulrich Nettesheim
george nio
Jo Peters
Ulrike Ruppelt
A. Uyanik
William Walker
Jens Weitzel
Margit Wennmachers
Dagmar Zimdahl

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
Our Innovation Industry IG held "Virtual and Augmented Reality: Moving Beyond Gaming" May 9th at SAP. Our panel of industry insiders provided insight into the newest developments and corporates and startups demonstrated their AR/VR devices and technologies.
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

Ludwigs German Table - Grand Opening Weekend
We will have our Grand Opening weekend of LUDWIG's GERMAN TABLE at 261 North Second Street in San Jose on June 4th and 5th from 11am - 10pm.  Come and join us for a special bratwurst/sausage menu for the weekend only and of course German beer from the tap. 

Alcorn Immigration Law - Celebrates Office Opening 
GABA member Alcorn Immigration Law celebrated the grand opening of its new office with a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 27 with Vice Mayor Ken Rosenberg and Chamber of Commerce President Tony Siress. Sophie Alcorn, founder, is a German-American who studied International Relations at Stanford University and law at Wash U in St. Louis. Her clients include startup founders, talented employees and investors. She obtains E-2 visas and EB-5 green cards for investors, L-1 visas and EB-1C green cards for managers and executives and O-1A visas and EB-1A green cards for extraordinary individuals, as well as naturalization. To learn more please visit or call 855-546-0015.

Intercontinental Hotels of San Francisco - Movie Nights at the Top of the Mark
Wind down with wine, bourbon and a movie at the Top of the Mark, 999 California Street, SF, every Tuesday, June 7 to August 30.  Tasting at 5:30pm to 7pm, the movie starts at 7:00pm.  The event is complimentary and seating is on a first come, first serve basis.  For more info click here

Job Board

Bavarian U.S. Office San Francisco - Marketing and Business Development Manager
The Bavarian U.S. Offices for Economic Development, LLC are looking for a talented and highly motivated individual for the position of a Marketing and Business Development Manager of our San Francisco office.  For more information please see:

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

Inside GABA

Volunteering Opportunities at GABA
Would you like to share your talent and energy with a dedicated team and connect with German community? Do you need to stay in a work environment and a source of reference for future employers?  GABA is looking for a knowledgeable and reliable volunteer to support us with our social media presence. Come and join the GABA volunteer team. We would love to hear from you, send your resume to

Culture Selection

  Wim Wenders is one of the most famous German filmmaker, born in Düsseldorf in 1945. He won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival for his drama "The State of Things" in 1982 and the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival for his drama "Paris, Texas" in 1984.  Furthermore he has been nominated for the Academy Awards three times, for his documentaries "Buena Vista Social Club" about Cuban music, "Pina" about the German contemporary dance choreographer Pina Bausch, and "The Salt of the Earth", a documentary about the Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado.  The BAMPFA's series WIM WENDERS - PORTRAITS ALONG THE ROAD shows the recently digitally restored films from Wim Wenders' early creative period including his winner films from Cannes and Venice.  For more information and to buy tickets go to:
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