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February 2017

The fifth annual GABA GALA took place January 20th at the St. Francis Yacht Club with the award presented to Hartmut Esslinger and Patricia Birgit Roller, Co-Founders of Frog Design.  

Thank you to everyone who came.  It was a full success and we are already looking forward to planning another exciting GALA next January!

Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director
Main Supporters:
SAP WilmerHale



Main Events

Trends in German Cinema: The New Lightness of Profundity
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
German International School of Silicon Valley, 310 Easy Street, Mountain View

GABA is reaching beyond its comfort zone of business events to bring you this evening of film appreciation with a film expert from Berlin and author of several books on the joy of understanding movies. He will walk us through an entertaining evening with plenty of film clips to illustrate the latest trends in German cinema.

Securing the Internet of Things has Become a Matter of Homeland Security - The Role of Connected Devices in Cyber Attacks
Monday, February 13, 2017 11:30 AM - 04:15 PM
Goethe Institute, 530 Bush Street, San Francisco

GABA would like to invite you to a panel discussion about the security risk around internet connected devices and how to deal with digital security. 
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, February 1, 2017 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Avenue, Alameda

San Francisco Stammtisch 
Monday, February 6, 2017 06:30 PM - 09:00 PM
The Liberties, 998 Guerrero Street, San Francisco

North Bay Stammtisch
Thursday, February 9, 2017 06:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Hopmonk, 224 Vintage Way, Novato

South Bay Stammtisch
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 07:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Esther's German Bakery and Café, 987 N San Antonio Rd, Los Altos

Santa Cruz Stammtisch
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 06:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz

Please register here

Sacramento Stammtisch
Thursday, February 16, 2017 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Der Biergarten, 2332 K. Street, Sacramento


GABA SoCal Events

SoCal Stammtisch LA at Culver Hotel
Thursday, February 2, 2017 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Culver Hotel, 9400 Culver Boulevard, Culver City

Join us for this month's Stammtisch in the Velvet Lounge of the historic Culver Hotel. Reconnect with old friends and network while enjoying the Culver Hotel's signature cocktails.

SoCal Stammtisch OC at Prego
Thursday, February 9, 2017 06:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Prego, 18420 Von Karman Ave, Irvine

We are delighted to invite you to our next networking event at Prego, one of Irvine's finest Italian restaurants! 

SoCal Stammtisch San Diego at National Geographics Fine Art Galleries
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 06:00 PM - 9:00 PM
National Geographic Fine Art Galleries, 1205 Prospect Street, Suite A, La Jolla

We welcome you to another wonderful GABA Stammtisch for fun networking, while enjoying beautiful fine art photography by award-winning National Geographic photographers!  Enjoy complimentary wine and cheese while expanding your business contacts and making new friends!  We hope to see you there!

SoCal Virtual Reality: THE NEW 'NEW MEDIA'
Thursday, February 16, 2017 06:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Sony Pictures Entertainment, Morita Building, 3970 Overland Drive, Culver City

Sony Pictures Entertainment hosts GABA for a behind the scenes look at future creations in the field of Virtual Reality and the research that lead to current breakthroughs.

SoCal "Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Germany and the U.S."
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 06:00 PM - 9:00 PM
University of Southern California, Humanities Gateway Building, Room 1030, UC Irvine Parking Lot 7, Irvine

Join GABA, the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, and University of California, Irvine (UCI) for an insightful and interactive discussion on the distinctive mentalities in the U.S. and Germany, and how to adjust and successfully navigate through cultural differences in bilateral relations, business, education and everyday life. 

Partner Events

Bay Brazil - VC Funding in Brazil
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 06:00 PM - 8:30 PM
DLA Piper LLP, 2000 University Avenue, Palo Alto

Bay Brazil will host the São Paulo-based Managing Partners of Redpoint for a conversation on building startups in Brazil today, analysis on the hottest industry sectors and expectations on the investment environment for 2017. 
Guest Speakers: Redpoint Partners Anderson Thees, Manoel Lemos and Romero Rodrigues.  GABA members have 25% discount on pre-registration. Use promo code baybrazil.partners2017

Cleantech Open - Cleantech Week
February 6-10, 2017 08:00 AM - 6:00 PM
City View at Metreon, 135 4th Street, Suite 4000, San Francisco

Cleantech Week merges the Cleantech industry and the climate movement to create new business opportunities, highlight solutions, engage citizens, cultivate partnerships, and spur further massive investment-following the $320 billion of global capital invested in the Cleantech space last year alone.  GABA Members get a 20% discount here.

Venture Summit West 2017
February 28 - March 1, 2017 
Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View

Presented by youngStartup Ventures, this is the premier industry gathering connecting venture capitalists, corporate VCs, angel investors, technology transfer professionals, senior executives of early stage and emerging growth companies, university researchers, incubators and premier service providers.  Whether you are an investor, or a CEO or Founder of a new venture looking for funding, visibility and growth, Venture Summit West is one event you won't want to miss.  More information here.

New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate:
Euro VAT Refund, Inc.
Morrison & Foerster LLP

Air Berlin
Bavarian U.S. Offices/West Coast
BFFT of America
German American School Association of Northern California
Landesentwicklungsgesellschaft Thüringen
NRW INVEST (North America) LLC
The Westin/Aloft San Francisco Airport

Rike Hellermann, Berkshire Hathaway

Individual Members:
Andreas Bechtolsheim
Robert Biczek
Rene Biller
Timon Birkhofer
Marion Engelke
Etienne Finet
Petrina Friede
Oliver Hanisch
Hilmar Heier
Ann-Katrin Hofra
Barbara Holzapfel
Christoph Kirchner
Christian Koepp
Clemens Kownatzki
Michael Metzger
Adrian A. Motamedi
Kim Planert
Astrid Proboll
Lothar Rauch
Sabine Remdisch
Eberhard Rohm
Michael Rolland
Thorsten Ruehl
Erik Sattler
Aaron Schu
Shahrooz Shahnavaz
Frank Speck
Lorenz Verzosa
Ulf Waldmann
Philip Wilson

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 Cyber Security Interest Group is hosting an event at the Goethe Institute on Monday, February 13th at 11:30am and will address current cyber security issues.  For example less than a month ago hackers harnessed an army of 100,000 Internet-connected devices around the world, such as DVRs and security cameras, to attack Dyn, Inc., which helps route Internet traffic to its destination. It caused temporary Internet outages to sites that included Twitter, PayPal, Pinterest, Reddit and Spotify.
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

Deutsche Telekom
Deutsche Telekom starts 2017 with a renewed Board of Director team, consolidating convergent network, innovation and IT activities in one. Claudia Nemat takes over the new board area for Technology & Innovation, while Srini Gopalan, the new Board Member for our Europe Segment, focuses on sales, service, and marketing activities.

Beijing-based Spearhead completed its $148 million acquisition of San Francisco-based Smaato, the leading independent global advertising platform for mobile publishers and app developers. Spearhead's Chinese brand clients can now run mobile campaigns to Smaato's 1+ billion global monthly unique users while Smaato expands access to China's 1+ billion mobile users.

Job Board

IDEA - Event Manager
Our international business is operating in the area of high level, postgraduate dental education.  The Event Manager is responsible for customer and course related processes and operational tasks.  More information here.

IDEA - Dental Assistant/Course Assistant
We are expanding our team and offering the position for a Dental / Course Assistant for our IDEA Faculty Clinic and Interdisciplinary Dental Education Academy.  More information here.

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

Culture Selection

Berlin & Beyond Film Festival
21st Edition, February 3-8, 2017, San Francisco
Welcome to the 21st Berlin & Beyond Film Festival! Join us for three full days and nights at San Francisco's iconic Castro Theatre (Feb. 3-5), three evenings at the Goethe-Institut in Downtown (Feb. 6-8), and DocDay at Oakland's Pro Arts Gallery (Feb. 4), with our vivid selection of films, crossing various cultures, experiences, and histories. As we will have several screenings with film talents present, we invite you to stay behind for engaging post-film Q&As.  For more info see here

"Sehnsucht" - Concert in San Francisco
Sunday, February 12, 2017, 4pm 
San Francisco Community Music Center, 544 Capp Street, San Francisco

Come hear some wonderful German and English songs!  (Suggested donations $ 20)  Under the title "Sehnsucht" pianist, Daniel Lockert, and Austrian soprano, Elisabeth Bögl, will perform a variety of German Art Songs. In addition to highlights from Mozart and Beethoven, you will get to hear some Schumann, Schubert and Wolf songs. The second part starts with beautiful English Art Songs from Duke and Hundley and proceeds to more familiar Music Theatre pieces from Bernstein, Loesser, Loewe, Arlen and Wilson.
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