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November 2016

GABA is proud to introduce a brand new service: "Connect with an Expert". You can now connect with one of our experts in dedicated one-on-one meetings. Bring your questions and ideas and receive insider input from our seasoned experts.  You can find more information here.

Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director
Main Supporters:
SAP WilmerHale



Main Events

"Living and Working in the U.S." - Perspectives on Immigration, Taxes and Liability Risks
Thursday, November 3, 2016 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Squire Patton Boggs, 275 Battery Street #2600, San Francsico

Join GABA and a panel of experts to learn about immigration law, taxes and liability risks influencing your stay in the United States.

Innovation Breakfast - by Invitation Only
This November, GABA is organizing an intimate breakfast mixer among Innovation Centers to discuss best practices, common models and success stories. Our goal is to bring people together wishing to engage with the Silicon Valley innovation eco-system. This breakfast mixer is by invitation-only!
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 2, 2016 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Avenue, Alameda

San Francisco Stammtisch
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Schmidt's, 2400 Folsom Street (at 20th Street), San Francisco

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

South Bay Stammtisch
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 07:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Esther's German Bakery and Café, 987 N San Antonio Rd, Los Altos

Santa Cruz Stammtisch
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 06:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz

Sacramento Stammtisch
Thursday, November 17, 2016 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Der Biergarten, 2332 K. Street, Sacramento


GABA SoCal Events

SoCal Stammtisch LA at Bodega Wine Bar
Thursday, November 2, 2016 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Bodega Wine Bar, 814 Broadway, Santa Monica

We would like to invite you to our monthly LA Business Stammtisch at the Bodega Wine Bar in Santa Monica. 
We look forward to having you with us!

SoCal Stammtisch OC at Avo Bar & Restaurant
Thursday, November 10, 2016 06:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Avo Bar & Restaurant, Fairmont Newport Beach, 4500 MacArthur Blvd, Newport Beach

Join us for an evening of networking at the Avo Bar & Restaurant, located inside the beautiful Fairmont Hotel in Newport Beach.  Expand your contacts; share your ideas.
We hope to see you there!

SoCal Healthcare - Trends and Strategies for Short and Long Term Planning
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 06:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Culver Hotel, 9400 Culver Blvd., Culver City

As part of our expat series conferences, we are inviting health and retirement insurance experts to talk about short and long term healthcare planning in CA. Whether you are new to the U.S. or have been here for many years, whether your stay is temporary or permanent, you will gain helpful knowledge.

SoCal Stammtisch San Diego at Bella Vista Social Club & Caffe
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 06:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Bella Vista Social Club & Caffe, 2880 Torrey Pines Scenic Dr, La Jolla

Join GABA for our monthly Stammtisch at Bella Vista Social Club & Caffe in La Jolla. Relax on Bella Vista's ocean view terrace and sink into their lounge furniture while enjoying great craft beers and complimentary appetizers!

GABA Munich Events

Frauenhofer IZM of Berlin - Silicon Valley Symposium "Anticipating The Future"
Discuss innovation and technology with TVLP alumni and guests from Silicon Valley during the symposium "ANTICIPATING THE FUTURE" in Berlin.  This non-profit initiative is part of the TVLP Reunion of International Alumni, organized by in conjunction with Fraunhofer IZM.  All attendees are invited to join The Hub conference on Nov 22 in Berlin.  Expand your business network while you experience the innovation center of Berlin, on November 20, 2016.  REGISTER HERE

Partner Events

2016 U.S. - Japan Council Annual Conference
Held in the center of high-tech startups and development, this year's Conference will be an opportunity to advance an innovative agenda in U.S.-Japan relations, exchange views among leaders about challenges and opportunities, and identify ways that the U.S.-Japan relationship can be strengthened. It will be attended by hundreds of distinguished American and Japanese leaders from all sectors, providing a unique opportunity for learning and networking. It will highlight innovation and entrepreneurship, and inspire the next generation of leaders. The conference is held November 14-15, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara, 5101 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA 95054

West Coast Trade & Working Capital Conference 2016
Experts from various trade finance sectors will gather once again to discuss how global markets have impacted trade for both corporates and banks, provide an update on current capital needs and availability, and discuss how the forthcoming elections are impacting exports and domestic trade.  The venue is at the Hyatt San Jose on November 17.  More information here.

Swedish-American Chamber of Commmerce and Finnish-American Chamber of Commerce San Diego - Green Connections 2016 Event
Thursday, November 3, 2016, SDG&E Energy Innovation Center, 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego
With the Green Connections Conference, SACC San Diego and FACC San Diego create a platform for success stories between Sweden, Finland and San Diego.  We invite the brightest minds in business, academics and culture, to share ideas and plans for future action. We are working together to find smarter solutions to reduce the ecological footprint on the planet while also creating business opportunities and build a foundation for a more sustainable future. More information here.

New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate:
Armanino LLP

Enviacon International
German International School of Silicon Valley
Lever X

Connectivity Solutions Plus
Dillon Real Estate Group
Rieker & Co CPA, Inc.
Silicon Valley Corporate Relocation
Solid Health Insurance Services

Individual Members:
Steffen Bartschat
Armin Bruderlin
Annegret Daiss
Tim Feike
Nataly Funk
Ann Christin Gentschev
Greg Hargrove
Gabriele Hayes
Ophelia Hecht
Georg Hilfenhaus
Daniel Hoffmann
John Holcomb, Jr.
Dan Hoover
Jens Horstmann
Bruno Iafelice
Michael Janssen
Reinhard Joelli
Christoph Lohmann
Scott Meyer
Adrian Nunn
Lukas Richter
Lothar Schubert
Ulrich Schulz
Erich Sonnberger
Chloe Soroquere
Erich Struzyk
Oskar Triebe
Henning Waatsack
Roland Wartenberg

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's Newcomers Interest Group hosted the Newcomer Mixer on Thursday, October 27th at Alto International School (formerly GAIS).  Newcomers and current members were able to mingle and exchange experiences.
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

CFR Rinkens
"Inc." magazine recently ranked CFR Rinkens as number 1325 out of 5000 on its annual "Inc 5000" list, due to its 291% 3-year revenue percentage growth. Starting out as a classic car exporter, CFR has evolved its scope to include new cars, counting Tesla Motors among their prestigious client list.

Royse Law Firm
Palo Alto patent lawyers Robert Hayden and Steve Colby join Royse Law Firm.  Steve and Robert come to Royse Law from Peters Verny, LLP and bring a practice in patent prosecution, counseling, licensing and litigation as well as issues relating to ownership of patents and intellectual property. The new patent group includes two staff personnel and will practice in Royse Law Firm's Menlo Park office.

Airberlin - Increased Service
Airberlin has unveiled a far-reaching restructuring of its business and will concentrate on its core operations as a dedicated, focused network carrier serving higher-yielding markets from two hubs, Berlin and Düsseldorf.
Starting in May 2017, airberlin will increase service from San Francisco. In addition to a daily nonstop flight to Dusseldorf airberlin will also offer 4-weekly nonstop flights to Berlin.

Job Board

Novigo - Accounting and 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.

NUC Berkeley - Program Coordinator "GHI West"
The announced position will be the first to be filled at the GHI's new West Coast branch office. The Program Coordinator will be responsible for planning and management of events and programs in the western United States and Canada. In addition, he/she will provide support for international scholars in their research endeavors and other academic activities there.  More information here.

Telekom - Executive Assistant
Be part of the small, young at mind and dynamic US Business Development Team of Europeans largest Telecom Operator.  More information here.

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

Culture Selection

  Thursday, November 10, 2016 06:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Private Residence, San Francisco

VIP fundraising reception to benefit the 21st Berlin & Beyond Film Festival, hosted by Swiss Consul General Hans-Ulrich Tanner at his private residence near the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco Bay. Limited to 40 people.  For more info see here.  Make sure to save the date for the Berlin & Beyond Film Festival February 3-8, 2017!
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