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October 2017

GABA held the inaugural Rising Stars event August 24th at the beautiful Thomas Fogarty Winery.  We had five deserving finalists and the judges had a difficult time deciding on the 2018 Rising Star and Newcomer of the year.  GABA Rising Stars also made it into the German news.  Read about and listen to the reports in  Tagesschau and Computer Magazin!  We congratulate our Rising Star 2017 Dedrone, the Newcomer of the year Bay Labs and the audience favorite Holobuilder!  Thank you to everyone who participated, we are already looking forward to Rising Stars 2018!

Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director

Main Supporters:
SAP WilmerHale



Main Events

The In-App Advantage
Thursday, October 5, 2017 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Smaato, 240 Stockton Street, 10th Floor, San Francisco

The world has gone mobile. Mobile devices are seamlessly integrated into our lives and compliment our daily activities. Our panel discussion will provide the audience with key insights into the world of mobile advertising versus desktop advertising. 

3D Printing in Medicine: Fountain of Youth?
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Squire Patton Boggs, 275 Battery Street, Suite 2600, San Francisco

If printing organs and tissue, heart valves and skin sounds like science fiction, welcome to the brave new world of 3D printing in medicine. GABA invites you to explore the possibilities of medical 3D printing and what the future might hold. 

Job Hunting: Insights & Tips from Headhunting
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
WilmerHale, 950 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto

GABA invites you to an evening to learn about the latest trends for job seekers.  Get information and expert advice while enjoying networking, appetizers and drinks.

South Bay Newcomer Mixer
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
GISSV, 310 Easy Street, Mountain View

This event is for newcomers and current members alike. Please come mingle, exchange experiences and talk to our industry experts. 
NoCal Stammtisch Meetings
Come mingle and network in the casual environment of the GABA supported Stammtisch meetings, no registration needed, feel free to attend. 

San Francisco Stammtisch 
Monday, October 2, 2017 06:30 PM - 09:00 PM
The Liberties, 998 Guerrero Street, San Francisco

North Bay Stammtisch
Thursday, October 5, 2017 06:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Hopmonk, 224 Vintage Way, Novato

South Bay Stammtisch
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 07:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Esther's German Bakery and Café, 987 N San Antonio Rd, Los Altos

Santa Cruz Stammtisch
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 06:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz

Please register here

Sacramento Stammtisch
Thursday, October 19, 2017 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Der Biergarten, 2332 K. Street, Sacramento


GABA SoCal Events

SoCal Stammtisch OC at Oktoberfest in Old World German Village
Thursday, October 12, 2017 06:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Old World German Village, 7561 Center Ave, Huntington Beach

Join the GABA Stammtisch Orange County at the 40th Oktoberfest at "Old World Village" in Huntington Beach. Have fun mingling and networking while enjoying imported German Beers, as well as original German Food and Live Music.  Included in the entrance fee is an authentic German Oktoberfest meal and reserved seating.

SoCal Stammtisch San Diego at Kaiserhof
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 06:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Kaiserhof, 2253 Sunset Cliffs Blvd, San Diego

We welcome you to another wonderful GABA Stammtisch for fun networking at Kaiserhof - a German American restaurant!  Come and relax on Kaiserhof's outdoor patio with outdoor heating while enjoying great German beers and authentic German food!  Kaiserhof is celebrating Oktoberfest with dinner specials and Oktoberfest draft beer all month.


GABA Munich

GABA Munich: San Francisco Bay Mixer
Thursday, October 12, 2017 06:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Schumann's Bar Am Hofgarten, Odeonsplatz 6-7, Munich

Join us visiting the German-American Business Association Munich as we celebrate a get-together with the San Francisco Bay Mixer at Schumann's located at Odeonsplatz, Munich.
Enjoy good conversations, expand your professional network and make new friends while trying some of the Bar's specialties. We'll hover at the entrance area next to the bar and hope to see you there! 

Partner Events

Berlin and L.A. Sister Cities Celebrate 50 Years!
October 4-5, 2017 4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Lot 613, 613 Imperial Street, Los Angeles

Berlin and Los Angeles celebrate the 50th anniversary of their twinning agreement. On this occasion, the German capital presents itself as a freedom-inspired place with the "Berlin Lab". The Berlin-interested public is invited to experience Berlin's start-up, science, music, food, design and art scene. With a two-day program, the Lab showcasts a Tech Area, a Street Art Cube by Die Dixons with VR- show and many exciting events like the Tech Open Air, a Talk on 100 years Bauhaus, a film screening or concerts, and many more.  Register here.  FREE ADMISSION.

German-American Day L.A.
Sunday, October 8, 2017 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Alpine Village Center, 833 W.Torrance Blvd., Torrance

Meet us for lots of family fun at German-American Day L.A.  The day is organized for the first time by the Los Angeles Turners Inc. who will provide lots of activities for the kids and great entertainment for the grown-ups all day long. With 10 German schools participating, this day will offer a great opportunity to make new contacts and new friends. Admission to the Big Tent is free from 11 AM - 1 PM. No admission fee to the village center and clubhouse all day long. If you like to reserve a table as a group, please email Lisa Schmitt at   - 

"Three Elections and a Brexit: The Unraveling of Europe?" GABA SoCal Partner Event
Friday, October 6, 2017 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
University Club atop, Symphony Towers, 750 B Street, Suite 3400, San Diego

The German-American Business Association, the San Diego Warburg Chapter of the American Council on Germany, and the San Diego World Affairs Council invite you to join us for a discussion with Ambassador Thomas Matussek, Former Senior German Diplomat and Senior Advisor, Flint Global in Berlin

GABA is a proud partner of SERENDIPITY, a 2-day unconference on October 26 and 27 that will span across San Francisco to unite 500 women across ages and industries. The summit takes place in over ten spaces throughout San Francisco and addresses the many topics included in our professional lives. Sessions focus on everything from building a pitch deck for your company to learning the basics of meditation to relax after work. Use Code "GABA" to receive a 10% discount.  More info here.

GANSANC Fundraiser presents: TOCCATA - Debut Concert Falk & Sons with the Freemon Symphony Orchestra and Choir Conducted by Micheal Morgan
Saturday, November 18, 2017, 7pm
Paramount Theater, 2025 Broadway, Oakland

Falk & Sons' Toccata takes you on a musical journey like never before! It is a 300-year-old time travel from Bach to Pop, with symphony orchestra and choir conducted by Maestro Michael Morgan. In their live stage performance, Dieter Falk and his sons Max and Paul play the most famous and treasured "hits" by Johann Sebastian Bach, in a thrilling mix of pop, rock, classic and jazz.  Toccata has taken Germany by storm. Its debut performance in the United States comes November 18 at Oakland's Paramount Theatre in the California Bay Area. Tickets are now available here.

Inside GABA 

GABA Munich - Your Network Amplifier in Munich Area

Are you establishing a Munich or Bavarian operation? Or interested in getting started there? Or already settled and interested in expanding your network?  GABA Munich provides business and personal contact support to help get your team off to a good start.  More info here.


New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate:

Rowbotham International
VW Test Center California


Esther's Bakery
Fountain Feller Group Inc.
Metabolic Balance Inc.
CFR Rinkens LLC

Individual Members:
Alexander Hast
Volker Hausmann
Daniel Hoffmann
Rosslyn Beth Hummer
Claude Koehl
Evelyn Lauchenauer
Lisa Lillelund
Dorit Santos
Helmut Schott
Henry Soledad
Erich Sonnberger

Interest Groups

Welcome to Silicon Valley: How Corporates Are Plugging In

Our Women in Business Group held the "The State of Marketing - the Latest Trends You Need to Know" on September 7th at Presidio Bank.  Our panel of marketing professionals discussed multi-touch-point marketing strategies, shared learnings and talked about hottest marketing trends.

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

The Westin SF Airport/ALOFT SF Airport
Book our Uber Package!  Exploring San Francisco Bay Area has never been easier. Book now and receive a $25 Uber Gift Card for each day of your stay.  A 2-Day Advance Purchase is required.  Use rate plan LUPKG1.  More info here.

Metabolic Balance Inc.
Employee health is crucial for any company! The science based analysis of metabolic balance®, Germany's leading weight-management program, personalizes nutrition plans for optimized vitality and well-being. Learn how this proven system can become a cornerstone of your corporate health solution. Certification class November 3, 2017 - San Francisco. More Details here.

ALTO: German Book Fair
ALTO has their annual German Book Fair Saturday, Oct. 21 to Friday, Oct. 27 from 8:30am to 4pm, at 475 Pope Street in Menlo Park.  Browse a wonderful and diverse selection of the newest bookds from Germany.  Order them right there and pick them up after being notified within a few weeks before Christmas.  

German International School of Silicon Valley - Open House Events
Mountain View: Oct. 28 & Nov. 7 I San Francisco: Nov. 4 & Nov. 28.  Discover how GISSV inspires students from preschool through high school to become global citizens by attending one of our Open House or Open Classrooms events. Please visit for more information and to register.

German International School of Silicon Valley - German Holiday Market
This year GISSV is celebrating its 5th annual German Holiday Market at the City Hall Plaza downtown Mountain View on Saturday, December 9 from 11 am-9 pm. Come and join us in celebrating the Holiday Season and sharing the German culture. Combine the pleasant and the useful. Enjoy the atmosphere of our traditional open-air market and support our 501(c)(3) nonprofit Preschool - Grade 12 bilingual school. More information here.

Now Available! GISSV Weihnachtsmarkt Corporate Sponsorship
Looking for a festive way to celebrate the holidays with business partners, employees, family, or friends? Looking to connect with 10,000+ people in Silicon Valley?  Join German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV) in celebrating the holidays by sponsoring an authentic Weihnachtsmarkt. Limited availability for some sponsorship benefits, such as reserved tables with food and beverage service, so become a sponsor today!

Job Board

YES Partners
Yes Partners is currently seeking a Strategic CEO for an exciting 5-year old global Startup based in Silicon Valley/San Francisco.  The startups IT technology focuses on Facial Recognition software to determine personalities.  More information here
Yes Partners is also seeking for an Account Executive for a company that is a leader in natural language processing and artificial intelligence for customer support, e-commerce, enterprise search and conversational chatbots.  More info here.

Bosch Palo Alto
Bosch in Palo Alto is hiring! Looking to make your mark and help shape tomorrow's world?  Current opportunities include Data Engineer, Autonomous Driving Planning Researchers, Systems Engineers, and Deep Learning Research Scientists.
For a complete list of opportunities and to apply, please visit our careers page at:

Culture Selection

Goethe institut SF Film "Look Who's Back"
Thursday, October 5, 2017, 6:30PM 
Goethe Institute SF, 530 Bush Street, Suite 204 Auditorium, San Francisco

70 years after his inglorious departure Adolf Hitler awakes in present-day Berlin. Without war, without Nazi party, without Eva. He experiences Germany during peacetime. With Angela Merkel at the helm and among thousands of immigrants, he starts what nobody would have expected: a TV career. The people he meets in this "new" Germany think he's a Comedian with questionable humor and turn him into a celebrated TV star.
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