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October 2016

We are very excited to announce the GABA Gala 2017 Award of Excellence recipients: Hartmut Esslinger, co-founder and CEO of Frog Design and Patricia Birgit Roller, Co-Founder of Frog Design.  Read more about their accomplishments here. Secure your ticket today to the most prestigious GABA event of the year!

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

NRW Invest



Main Events

European Networking - Members Only
Thursday, October 6, 2016 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Squire Patton Boggs, 275 Battery Street #2600, San Francsico

Don't miss this chance to mingle with business professionals from diverse European countries! Get your ticket soon since this event may sell out!

Data is the New Black - Understanding and Monetizing the Value of Data within your Organization
Thursday, October 20, 2016 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
SAP Building 1, 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto

GABA invites you to learn more about the types of opportunities enabled by the emerging data economy, as well as challenges and limitations that organizations face in this journey.

Outlook 2020: Medical Device Opportunities in US vs. Europe
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 05:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Beverly Heritage Hotel, 1820 Barber Lane, Milpitas

GABA Life Science invites you to discuss challenges and solutions for competing in the European Medical Device market.

Newcomer Mixer
Thursday, October 27, 2016 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
German American International School, 475 Pope Street, Palo Alto
New to the Bay Area? 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.

NoCal Stammtisch Meetings

Come mingle and network in the casual environment of the GABA supported Stammtisch meetings, no registration needed, feel free to attend. 

Alameda Stammtisch 
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Avenue, Alameda

San Francisco Stammtisch
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Schmidt's, 2400 Folsom Street (at 20th Street), San Francisco

North Bay Stammtisch
Thursday, October 13, 2016 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Hopmonk, 224 Vintage Way, Novato

South Bay Stammtisch
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 07:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Esther's German Bakery and Café, 987 N San Antonio Rd, Los Altos

Santa Cruz Stammtisch
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 06:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz

Sacramento Stammtisch
Thursday, October 20, 2016 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Der Biergarten, 2332 K. Street, Sacramento


GABA SoCal Events

SoCal Stammtisch LA at City Club LA
Thursday, October 6, 2016 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
City Club Los Angeles, 555 S Flower Street, 51st Floor, LA

We are pleased to invite you for GABA's Stammtisch to the elegant and most elevated business club in L.A., the 'City Club' in downtown Los Angeles. 

SoCal Stammtisch OC at Settebello
Thursday, October 13, 2016 06:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Settebello, 7864 E Coast Hwy, Newport Coast

Join us at Settebello's, where Napoli's culinary traditions meet the elegance and luxury of Newport Beach. 

SoCal Stammtisch San Diego at La Jolla Brewing Co.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 06:00 PM - 9:00 PM
La Jolla Brewing Co., 7536 Fay Ave, La Jolla

Join GABA at La Jolla Brewing Company located in the heart of the village.  Let's enjoy this ambiance while meeting and connecting! See you there!

GABA Munich Events

GABA Munich at TheRoyalJungle Startup Festival in Genova, Italy
Friday, October 14, 2016 07:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Genova, Italy

The Royal Jungle is an international rave for startup rebels! 
Apply for your ticket and join us aboard The Royal Jungle Startup Yacht! 
Sign up for the Newsletter to receive updates and tickets at best price conditions!

Partner Events

A.T. Kearney - Falling Walls Event
Falling Walls Lab is a challenging, inspiring platform for bright young minds. It gives young academics and professionals an opportunity to present their outstanding ideas, research projects, and initiatives to an interdisciplinary panel. Each year, Falling Walls Labs are held around the world - 34 Labs took place in 28 countries in 2015 - and the finalist from each Lab participates in the Lab Finale in Berlin.  As one of the founding members of the global event, A.T. Kearney organized the first Falling Walls Lab Bay Area last year. This year's event is October 13th at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford. You can find out more and apply here

Oktoberfest @ Earthquakes
Saturday, October 1 - Quakes vs Real Salt Lake (Avaya Stadium)
Friends of GABA & member companies save big game tickets for this special event at the Bay Area's home of professional fußball/soccer.  Limited number of tickets still available! To order visit here.  Code: GABAEQ  For groups of 10+, issues, or hospitality/group options contact:  Anthony Perry // 408-556-7712 // [email protected]


New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate:
BMW Group Technology Office
VW - Test Center California

Align Commerce Corporation
German-American International School

Alcorn Immigration Law
Business Coaching of Northern California
CFR Rinkens LLC
Fountain Feller Group Inc.
Metabolic Balance Inc.

Individual Members:
Michael Boehm
Hans Boettcher
Ansgar Chorhummel
Luisa Domenichini
Rebecca Engola
Nils Frenkel
Erhunmwuosere Gaius-Obaseki
Joerg Geier
Jana Glock
Wolf Heim
Natascha Helbig
Magaly Huther
Sofia Huther
Martin Karrenbach
Kurt Knierim
Volker Kuebler
Gabriele Lange
Simone McCormick
Luther Miller
Gunther Nacke
David O'Connell
Lola Ogden
Rosemary Reisch
Helmut Schott
Ulrich Schulz
Thomas Stocking
Mark Yasavolian

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 and the Consulate hosted a Bayside Chat, "From Terawatts to Terabytes" at the German Consulate General on September 19th. The speakers addressed the transformation of the energy system and the many factors impacting the development.
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
Industry 4.0
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

German-American International School Announces New Name
The German-American International School (GAIS), founded in 1988, is proud to announce its new name, "Alto International School", to reflect its growing multilingual program serving preschool through grade 12. As an IB World School, we are committed to our German immersion program as well as offering students a multilingual, preparatory education with an international perspective. Visit to learn more. 

Euro Vat Refund Inc. - Webinar Series
GABA Premium Corporate member Euro VAT Refund's CEO Britta Eriksson is presenting a number of different areas where VAT comes into play for North American companies that do business within Germany and other parts of the EU. 
See our website for a list of the webinars.  Also, don't miss GetGlobal 2016:  Speakers, including  Euro VAT Refund?s CEO, Britta Eriksson will present insights on global business expansion and strategy when doing business overseas. Join us at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE on October 20-21. For further details and registration, please

Solid Health Insurance Services
With the announcement of a statewide 13.2% increase in health insurance premium for 2017 in California, many individuals and small businesses will reassess their current health plans during the upcoming Open Enrollment Period (11/1/2016 to 1/31/2017).  Visit Solid Health Insurance Services to get a quote for an affordable health insurance plan that best fits your individual, family or business needs.

Metabolic Balance - Informational Event at Fort Mason
Knowledge and commitment of your employees determine the efficiency of your company. Why not support them in learning how to integrate a healthy lifestyle into their daily routines? Metabolic Balance® is a German science-based, personalized nutrition program. Learn more about it and about options for corporate health solutions on Thursday, November 3, 2016 from 12 to 2 pm at Fort Mason Center (Landmark Building A, San Francisco, CA 94123,


Job Board

Novigo - Accounting & Operations Manager

The Accounting/ & Operations Manager, is a full time position and will work closely with our CEO and the Novigo Management Team to support critical aspects of our international organization across USA, Germany, Spain, Turkey, India and Australia to enable smooth, efficient operations, growth and cost management.  More information here.

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

Inside GABA

Yvonne Schwab joined GABA as our new Business Development Director. Yvonne holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management/Small Business & Entrepreneurship from Colorado State University and her professional background focuses on event planning, marketing, and account management. She has been working with TechLAB Innovation Center, a startup hub in Santa Clara, putting on tech events, such as panels, fireside chats, and pitch competitions, as well as advising startups on how to pitch and present. We thank our outgoing Business Development Director Regine Staufenberg and wish her all the best in her new endeavors!

Culture Selection

  Monday, October 10, 2016 - Saturday, October 22, 2016
Goethe Institute, 530 Bush Street, ART-Lounge, San Francisco

The exhibition "Math to Touch" aims to create a new approach towards mathematics. It depicts the supposedly most abstract of all the sciences in a manner that can be understood by the senses and makes mathematics comprehensible - for all age groups and without any preparatory training.  For more info see here.

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