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February 2018

Last Friday we hosted another sold out, vibrant GABA Gala at the San Francisco Yacht Club.  Our guests took pleasure in the beautiful atmosphere with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz in the background, while enjoying drinks and appetizers.  Later at the sit down dinner, our honoree for Award of Excellence, Konstantin Guericke, a Co-Founder of LinkedIn and all around entrepreneur, shared his knowledge and answered questions. The Gala is a must-attend event for the German-American community and if you were not able to join us this year, make sure to secure your tickets early for next year's GALA!

Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director
Main Sponsors:
brose         SAPWilmerHale
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, February 5, 2018 06:30 PM - 09:00 PM
The Liberties, 998 Guerrero Street, San Francisco

North Bay Stammtisch
Thursday, February 8, 2018 06:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Hopmonk, 224 Vintage Way, Novato

Sacramento Stammtisch
Thursday, February 15, 2018 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Der Biergarten, 2332 K. Street, Sacramento

South Bay Stammtisch
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 07:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Esther's German Bakery and Café, 987 N San Antonio Rd, Los Altos

Santa Cruz Stammtisch
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 06:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz

Please register here

GABA SoCal Events

SoCal Stammtisch LA at Claudia Meyer Art Event
Thursday, February 1, 2018 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Castelli Art Space, 5428 Washington Blvd, Los Angeles

Join GABA for our monthly mixer at Castelli Art Space for an exclusive art show from German/Swiss artist Claudia Meyer.  Enjoy an exhibition that displays the profound creative dialogue between material, light and colors while extending your network and making new friends. Refreshments will be served.  Looking forward to seeing you at this special event!

SoCal Stammtisch San Diego at Fifty Seven Degrees
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 06:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Fifty Seven Degrees, 1735 Hancock St, San Diego

Join GABA for our monthly Business Mixer at Fifty Seven Degrees in Mission Hills.  Tucked inside a popular wine shop, this airy lounge offers an eclectic selection of global and domestic wines and has 31 local San Diego brews on tap.  Enjoy pours & craft beers with bar bites while expanding your business contacts and making new friends! We hope to see you there!

Save the Date

March 8:  Women in Business Event: Resilience - A woman?s secret power
March 14:  European Networking
April 16:  Ethics, Artificial Intelligence and the European General Data Protection Regulation

March 15:  Reframe Your Mindset - Santa Monica
April 25:  Funding for Startups: Angel, Venture, Crownd or ICO's - Manhatten Beach
May 1:  GABA Stammtisch at the German Spotlight of the Newport Beach Film Festival
May 4:   GABA VIP Tables at World Trade Week Kick off Breakfast in Los Angeles

Partner Events

Venture Summit West
GABA is pleased to support Venture Summit | West, March 13th to 14th in Santa Clara, presented by youngStartup Ventures. A highly productive full-day venture conference, dedicated to showcasing VCs, Corporate VCs and angel investors committed to funding early stage and emerging companies. This exclusive summit will feature a distinguished line up of more than 50 Investors on interactive panels; presentations by more than 50 companies seeking funding, and high-level networking opportunities.
Special discount.  Use discount code "GABAVIP" and receive 10% off the "early bird" rates.

Intersolar Summit East
We ​are ​delighted ​to ​announce ​the ​Intersolar ​& ​ees ​Summit ​USA ​East ​2018, ​taking ​place ​on ​April ​4th ​at ​the ​Crowne ​Plaza ​Times ​Square ​Manhattan!   Being ​the ​premier ​business ​platform ​for ​the ​solar ​and ​energy ​storage ​industries ​on ​the ​U.S. ​East ​Coast, ​our ​upcoming ​event ​will ​once ​again ​unite ​hundreds ​of ​opinion ​leaders ​and ​feature ​most ​innovative ​topics ​relevant ​to ​secure ​business ​success.  Free promo codes are: Supporter100-05 and Supporter100-06.  GABA members get a 10% discount with the code: GABA-SummitUSA10.

New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate:
Porsche Digital
Morrison & Foerster LLP

Bavarian U.S. Offices/West Coast
Tune Kasselik Klumpp

Shwiff, Levy & Polo LLP
SF Kiel

Individual Members:
Julian Bartsch
Petra Chequer
Patrick Consorti
Hartmut Eggert
Carl Luippold
Juliane Nandra
Jack Schaedel
Nicolas Weiss
Silke Wenzel
Andreas Wilkens
Gunther Wobser
Michael Wolff

Interest Groups

Our Human Resource Industry Group held the event "Diversity in Silicon Valley" on January 16th at Squire Patton Boggs in San Francisco.  Our panel of industry experts discussed why diversity and inclusion can be competitive advantages.
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

Porsche Digital
GABA welcomes its new Premium Member Porsche.  With headquarters in Ludwigsburg (near Stuttgart, Germany) and offices in Berlin and now Silicon Valley, Porsche Digital is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Porsche AG and serves as its digital competence center. By putting the customer at the heart of our values, we seek to discover and enhance the digital experiences, develop new products, services and features, as well as identifying new business models and opportunities for Porsche and our partners.  For more information, please visit our website.

Ludwig's German Table
Ludwig's German Table, voted "Best Beer Garden" in the south Bay by San Francisco Magazin 2017, is launching a new menu at the beginning of February including a new classics section.  Also starting April 1st, Ludwig's will be serving a regular Sunday brunch with a special menu from 10am to 2pm.  More info here.

Euro VAT Refund, Inc.
Many US companies are leaving Value Added TAX (VAT) behind on business expenses in Germany. Many unaware about their VAT refund possibilities on events, hotels, transportation, and other costs. Please contact Euro VAT Refund, Inc.  before March 1, 2018 to meet the filing deadline for EU invoices issued in 2017.

goCloudOffice - comprehensive cloud solutions & IT support. Our new office is located at 33 New Montgomery Street in San Francisco. As a proud sponsor of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, goCloudOffice will be at the SFTLA MCLE on March 20 from 5:30-9:00pm at the Westin St. Francis.

Job Board

YES Partners
Yes Partners is currently seeking an ICO Expert (AI/SaaS) for a 2-year old SaaS startup, working with IBM Watson Technology in developing search capabilities for the spoken word. AI technology searches spoken words to find talk radio stations, news/sports and podcasts discussing the subject the user requests.  Location is open, however San Francisco Bay Area preferred.  More information here
Yes Partners is also seeking a CTO (AI/SaaS) Startup 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.

MilleporeSigma - Executive Assistant
MilliporeSigma has an immediate opening for an Executive Assistant located in Menlo Park, CA. The purpose of this job is to provide administrative and office professional support to executives as well as other employees of the Innovation Hub.  More info here.

EMD Performance Materials - Technology Scout
EMD Performance Materials is seeking a Technology Scout (West Coast) to work in line with our "Strategy and Transformation" strategic needs, to drive new opportunities for partnerships with academic institutions and businesses in the Materials and Healthcare space.  Learn more here.

Culture Selection

22nd Berlin & Beyond Film Festival
February 9-15, 2018
The Berlin & Beyond Film Festival, the largest festival of contemporary Germany cinema in The Americas, presented by the Goethe-Institut San Francisco, will take place February 9-11 at San Francisco's iconic Castro Theatre, February 12 at Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, and February 13-15 at the Goethe-Institut. The festival will be highlighted by red carpet premieres and special guests in attendance, including: actor Frederick Lau with two films, "My Brother Simple" and "Text for You"; actor Lars Eidinger with the Centerpiece film, "The Bloom of Yesterday"; director/screenwriter Simon Verhoeven with the Opening Night Film "Welcome to Germany" starring Senta Berger. Find out more about all the films and program here.
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