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May 2018

We are proud to announce that the winners of the GABA Award of Excellence 2017, Patricia Roller and Hartmut Esslinger, have joined the GABA Advisory Board. Hartmut Esslinger is Co-Founder and long-time CEO of global innovation firm frog design. Together with his wife and business partner Patricia Roller he created the world's most prominent and successful strategic design agency. Patricia Roller is currently the CEO of Vidlet, Inc., an innovative video management and mobile SaaS solution.

Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director
Main Sponsors:
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Main Events

European Networking: Now Open for Non-Members!
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Cooley LLP, 3175 Hanover St., Palo Alto

Usually reserved for members, this event is a great opportunity for non-members to mingle and network with the European community. Get your ticket soon since this event may sell out! 

Keeping the Lights on With Clean Energy: The Future of Energy Storage
Thursday, May 24, 2018 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

GABA and Watts&Wine by Innogy New Ventures invite you to explore the future of electric energy storage and its challenges and possibilities. 

The Not-so-Hidden Megatrend: People Determining Their Own Software at Work!
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
SAP, Building 1, 3410 Hillview Ave, Palo Alto
GABA would like to invite you to discuss the Grass Roots IT movement of the trend that will finally bring good user experience to the enterprise.
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, May 7, 2018 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
The Liberties, 998 Guerrero Street, San Francisco

North Bay Stammtisch
Thursday, May 10, 2018 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Hopmonk, 224 Vintage Way, Novato

South Bay Stammtisch
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Esther's German Bakery and Café, 987 N San Antonio Rd, Los Altos

Santa Cruz Stammtisch
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz

Please register here

Sacramento Stammtisch
Thursday, May 17, 2018 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Der Biergarten, 2332 K. Street, Sacramento

GABA SoCal Events

SoCal OC Stammtisch @ German Spotlight and European Showcase after party at the 2018 Newport Beach Film Festival
Thursday, May 1, 2018, Time TBD
After Party at TIME Nightclub, Newport Beach Film Festival, Triangle Square Cinemas, 1870 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa 

Mark your calendar for May 1st! Our OC Stammtisch Business Mixer will meet at the annual German Spotlight feature film of the 2018 Newport Beach Film Festival, followed by the European Showcase after party at TIME Nightclub. Meet and greet with American and European guests and expand your network, while enjoying German culture and entertainment. GABA will offer reduced pricing for all members, so stay tuned for the registration opening after April 1st!

SoCal GABA VIP Table at Works Trade Week Kick-Off Breakfast 2018
Friday, May 4, 2018 7:15 AM - 11:00 AM
InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, 900 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles

Experience this world-class annual breakfast event at our GABA VIP table at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown Hotel. Keynote, Prestigious Awards, Silent Auction, Meet and mingle with 900+ top executives of Southern California's business and international trade community.  For registration requests, please contact Kathrin Hager at

SoCal Stammtisch LA at Wirtshaus LA
Thursday, May 4, 2018 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wirtshaus LA, 345 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles

Authentic German food, including Schnitzel, brats and pretzel, a selection of over 35 German beers from Koelsch to Doppelbock, and a selection of German and Austrian wines - this is the premise set for GABA's May Stammtisch.

SoCal Stammtisch San Diego at Amplified Ale Works
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Amplified Ale Works, 4150 Mission Blvd #208, San Diego

Join GABA at this oceanfront craft brewpub with a cozy beer garden is located in Pacific Beach. Watch the sunset and enjoy the breathtaking ocean views. Amplified Ale Works also offers 2 German beers on tap. Get your Stein for $7 since Wednesday is Stein Night! In case the evening cools off, please dress warmly.

Partner Events

TiE Silicon Valley: TiE Inflect Conference
On May 4th & 5th, TiE Silicon Valley will host its flagship conference, TiE Inflect (previously called TiEcon) at the Santa Clara Convention Center. The underlying theme for the conference this year is Imagination AI with sessions covering AI and its impact on multiple industries such as FinTech, IoT, HealthTech, CyberSecurity, and more. Prior to the conference (on Thu May 3rd), TiE Inflect will once again offer its all-day, comprehensive Startup Bootcamp designed to help new companies accelerate time to market, as well as two bootcamps in the hottest new technologies: Blockchain, and Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning. Register now and get $100 off using code gaba@tieinflect!

Biosensing in Healthcare
Thursday, May 17, 4:00pm - 7:30pm
Plug and Play Tech Center, 440 North Wolfe Road, Sunnyvale

Join Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, and Plug and Play for a (bio)sensational event about Biosensing in Healthcare. This culminating event for the Health focus week will explore some of the future possibilities of this exciting field. In addition, several exciting startups will present their technology and their vision for the future. In celebration of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany's 350-year anniversary we will end the evening with a glass of champagne, food, and a raffle during a networking reception. Register here.

Startup Conference and International Startup Fair
Thursday, May 17, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Fox Theater, 2215 Broadway Ave, Redwood City

GABA is a supporting organization of the Startup Conference 2018. With close to 2,000 entrepreneurs, the Startup Conference is one of the larger conferences in Silicon Valley for starting your startup, learning how to pitch VCs, find co-founders, launch your product to the press, reach early adopters and influencers. Past conference speakers include Guy Kawasaki, Drew Houston, Ben Parr and many more entrepreneurs and VCs. The fair features over 45 companies showcasing their products, and is free and open to the public. GABA members receive a 20% discount for the Startup Conference and demo tables at the fair with promotion code "GABA18" to register here

Intersolar North America
Tuesday, July 10, 08:30 AM - Thursday, July 12, 4:00 PM
Moscone Center West Hall, 800 Howard Street, San Francisco

Since  2008,  Intersolar  North  America  has  served as  the  industry's  go-to  source  for  innovation, information and premier networking opportunities that move the North American solar market forward. Co-located with ees North America - and SEMICON West  -  Intersolar  North  America's  exhibition  and  conference is a critical link among the synergistic technologies  of  solar  power,  energy  storage  and  smart  renewable  energy.  GABA members will receive free exhibition tickets with promo code 2018100EXH186 and a 10% discount for conference tickets with promo code 201810CONPAC6. Register here.


New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate:
Feldberg Pacific Law Group
Next Step

Aximpro GmbH
FrankfurtRheinMain Corp.
YES Partners
German American School Association of Northern California

Royse Law Firm
Silicon Valley Corporate Relocation
W.D.E. International Inc.

Individual Members:
Mark Collins
Petrina Friede
Karen Fulbright-Hightower
Jana Glock
Greg Hargrove
Georg Hilfenhaus
Mark B. Johnson
Martin Karrenbach
Sylvia McDonald
George Nio
Les Pedrazzini
Christoph Seitz
Matthias Stelzner
Karin Stinnes
Mark Warren

Interest Groups

GABA's Cyber Security IG hosted "Ethics, Artificial Intelligence and the European GDPR" on April 16th at the DocuSign Executive Briefing Center in SF. Our panel of experts discussed the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will come into force on May 25, 2018, and how to help businesses prepare for the changes GDPR will bring.
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

GABA welcomes our new Corporate Member, Continental! Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for sustainable and connected mobility of people and their goods. Founded in 1871, the technology company offers safe, efficient, intelligent and affordable solutions for vehicles, machines, traffic and transport. In 2017, Continental generated sales of 44 billion and currently employs more than 238,000 people in 61 countries. For more information visit here.

Lufthansa Group: Nonstop service San Diego to Frankfurt
New: nonstop service San Diego to Frankfurt - and beyond! Starting March 22, 2018, your clients can enjoy our new nonstop service 5 x weekly into the heart of Europe, with excellent connections to popular onward destinations, including cities in India and the Middle East.  As one of the largest hubs in Europe, FRA has 14 Lufthansa lounges for passengers t relax before their connecting flight.  Our new flight offers premium service in three cabins. Daily service except for Wednesdays and Friday.  More info here.

DB Schenker: Disrupt HR Event
DISRUPT is an information exchange designed to energize, inform and empower people in the HR field. 12 speakers, 5 minutes each, and slides rotate every 15 seconds. Teach us something, but make it quick. If you're an HR professional, a CEO, a technologist, a community leader - and you've got something to say about talent, culture or technology - Disrupt is the place. JOIN us at Domenico Winery in San Mateo, May 31st for a fun evening of networking, inspiration, discussion and wine! Are you interested​ in attending? Get your early-bird ticket here. Feel like you have something disruptive to say? Apply as a speaker here.
Why should you buy a medical travel insurance while traveling overseas? Many Californians are getting ready to plan their Summer vacations. With more restrictions on U.S. health insurance, it is most likely that your primary U.S. health insurance will only cover a fraction of any actual costs incurred overseas. Read the full article at here.
Summer is coming, but it is not too late! Spots are still available for GASPA's full immersion German Summer Camp program for students ages 3-10 in Menlo Park. Camp takes place from June 25th - July 20th, and single week registration is possible. Full program details as well as pricing and registration are available on our website.
The legal changes concerning data protection that will come into force on 25 May 2018 challenge all companies doing business in Europe. The considerable extension of formal requirements is problematic especially for medium-sized companies or smaller, independent units of a group. Read more about the effects of the new European regulations, especially on human resources here.

Euro VAT Refund, Inc.
Webinar on May 22, 2018: What you need to know about Value Added Tax (VAT) when selling goods and services in the European Union - VAT registration liabilities and VAT refund possibilities when a North American company imports to, and/or drop ship goods, or sell digital services within the EU. VAT of up to 27% is usually assessed on goods that are imported to Europe and other countries that have a VAT system.  More details and registration here.

Job Board

Bayer is searching for a Medical Analyst Digital Health Intelligence.  For more info and to apply see here.

Yes Partners
Innovation & Technology Scout: a European Innovation Hub is looking for an Innovation & Technology Scout familiar with the digital scene in the Bay Area and who has established contacts to opinion leaders, decision makers and the startup scene. More Info here.
Director Digital Business Innovations: a Silicon Valley company is a digital high-end consumer products startup (part of a larger corporation) who works in partnership with innovators and leaders in new technologies.  More info here.
Director Startup Partnerships/Venturing: a Silicon Valley company is a digital high-end consumer products startup (part of a larger corporation) who works in partnership with innovators and leaders in new technologies.  More info here.
The German Saturday School of GISSV in Mountain View is looking for applicants for the new school year 2018/19. We are looking for teachers at a native speaker level that have experience teaching the German language with a focus in Pre-School, ages 3-5 lElementary, ages 5-11.  The positions are paid part-time positions that require classroom instruction on scheduled Saturday mornings, 9:30-noon. For further details please contact Jennifer Marsh:

Culture Selection

Goethe Institute - Weimar Mirror: Revisiting Alfred Döblin
Thursday, May 24, 2018, 7:00pm
Auditorium, 530 Bush Street, Suite 204, San Francisco

This evening examines both Döblin´s novel as well as Fassbinder´s epic 15 hour film adaptation (1983) of the work to bring Alfred Döblin's life, work and Weimar Period closer. Three local German literature and history scholars will read from the novel, discuss selected film clips and engage in a roundtable discussion.  More info here.
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