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December 2017

The holiday season has begun and we would like to recommend two festive networking events for you:
On December 7th, join us at the German Consulate in San Francisco for our popular Financial Outlook 2018 event, where discussion centers on next year's venture outlook. If you are in Southern California don't miss the SoCal Year End & Holiday Celebration 2017 on December 14th, featuring an exquisite culinary experience by private chefs. 
Happy Holidays from GABA to you!

Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director


Main Sponsors:
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Main Events

Financial Outlook 2018
Thursday, December 7, 2017 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
German Consulate General SF, 1960 Jackson Street, San Francisco

GABA and the German Consulate present this opportunity to meet leading industry experts who will share their views of next year's overall financial climate and funding for international technology companies.  As is our tradition, the event will be held in the festive atmosphere of the German Consulate in San Francisco, with plenty of snacks and treats to remind us of our Weihnacht traditions.  Please sign up early as we expect a sell out crowd.
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, December 4, 2017 06:30 PM - 09:00 PM
The Liberties, 998 Guerrero Street, San Francisco

North Bay Stammtisch
Thursday, December 7, 2017 06:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Hopmonk, 224 Vintage Way, Novato

South Bay Stammtisch
Wednesday, December 20, 2017 07:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Esther's German Bakery and Café, 987 N San Antonio Rd, Los Altos

Santa Cruz Stammtisch
Wednesday, December 20, 2017 06:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz

Please register here

Sacramento Stammtisch
Thursday, December 21, 2017 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Der Biergarten, 2332 K. Street, Sacramento


GABA SoCal Events

SoCal Year-End & Holiday Celebration 2017
Thursday, December 14, 2017 05:30 PM - 8:30 PM
BSH Experience & Design Center, 17911 Von Karman, Suite 100, Irvine

BSH - home of Bosch, Thermador and Gaggenau high-end kitchen lines - will be hosting us again at their one-of-a-kind Experience & Design Center.  Mark your calendar, register early, and join us and all your GABA friends from Los Angeles to San Diego to celebrate the 2017 holiday season!

SoCal 2018 Economic and Market Outlook with Dr. Mohamed A. El-Erian
Monday, January 8, 2018 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, P.C., 660 Newport Center Drive, Suite 1600, Newport Beach

Luncheon with Dr. Mohamed A. El-Erian, one of the world's most influential economic thinkers, Chief Economic Advisor to Allianz, former CEO of PIMCO and award winning author. Gain unique insights of the current state and an invaluable outlook of the global economy and financial markets.

GABA Munich

GABA Munich: San Francisco Bay Mixer
Thursday, December 14, 2017 7:00 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!   For questions contact Uschi Joshua.

Partner Events

Atlantic Council - The EU's Digital Single Market
Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Bay Area Council Economic Institute, 290 Battery Street, Suite 1000, San Francisco

Please join the Atlantic Council, in partnership with the Bay Area Council Economic Institute and the European Union Delegation to the United States, for a panel discussion on the progress of the European Union's Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy and its implications for businesses in the United States and the transatlantic digital marketplace.  Register here.

German Accelerator Silicon Valley "Captivate"
Thursday, December 14, 2017, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
HanaHaus, 456 University Ave, Palo Alto

Captivate features German tech startups that have recently completed German Accelerator?s three-month acceleration and immersion program.  The evening will focus on company pitches and feature expert feedback from invited panelists.  Attendees will have ample opportunities to network.  Register here.

New and Renewing Members

German International School of Silicon Valley
Munich re

Heidelberg Club International and SF KIEL
Shug Carneros Estate Winery
Solid Health Insurance Services

Individual Members:
Monique Anderson
Steffen Bartschat
Brandy Benjamin
Ursula Dagres-Clausing
Cheryl King
Kai Mildenberger
Miriam Noske
Michael Rolland
Daniela Schaff
Oliver Schwartz
Korinna Sehringer
Bern Steves
Elizabeth Thomas
Mark Yasavolian
Jeanne Zimmer

Interest Groups

Welcome to Silicon Valley: How Corporates Are Plugging In

Our Innovation Industry Group held "AI Beyond the Hype" on November 30, at SAP in Palo Alto.   Our panel of AI practitioners discussed how to separate the hype from reality and the progression of AI technology.

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

Shug Carneros Estate Winery - 15% Discount for GABA Members
The Schug family invites GABA members to visit the winery in the Carneros appellation of Sonoma just 40 miles north of San Francisco. The winery and vineyard sits on a picturesque property with stunning views, an intimate tasting room and barrel caves with an old-world feel. The tasting room is open daily from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m to walk-in guests but groups of 6 or more can be accommodated by appointment only.  Contact us here.  GABA members will be offered a 15% discount .  Please use the coupon code GABA in person, on the phone or online during the order process.  For more information visit  and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

BCNC & San-Francisco-Ness
Introducing BCNC & San-Francisco-ness: join us for a reception, presentation, and multi-national networking along with finger food, wine and beer from 6:00-8:00 pm on January 18, 2018.  Please RSVP at by January 11, 2018.  San Francisco is a place of contrasts with one of the highest rates of tech start up and access to capital, but also income disparity and homelessness.  We will explore San-Francisco-ness via the treasure trove of data we have compiled by way of explanation.  Business Consulting for the New Community,, is dedicated to advancing Bay Area companies, supporting them with uniquely tailored, multifaceted services. 

Job Board

YES Partners
Yes Partners is currently seeking a Head of Sales/Business-Devolopment (eCommerce) for an exciting 5-year old global Startup based in Silicon Valley. This is the first executive hire in the Silicon Valley office and the position may grow into the CEO role.  More information here

Yes Partners is also seeking for a BlockChain Full Stack Engineer/CTO/Co-Founder for an early stage startup in the Bay area with a mission to disrupt digital marketing and CRM.  The founding team and advisors come from SaaS and digital transformation backgrounds and have a deep passion for the project and its potential impact.  An initial coin offering is being planned for December 2017.  More information here.

Culture Selection

Goethe Institut SF Film "Punk Berlin 1982"
Saturday, January 13, 2018, 8:00pm
Pro Arts Gallery, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland

Join us on for the film "Punk Berlin 1982" by Director Oskar Roehler.  The Film in the context of the exhibition "Brilliant Dilletantes" will be followed by a DJ reception.  More info here.
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