January 2019

Preparations for the 7th edition of our GABA Gala are in full swing, and our team is looking forward to welcoming you to an unforgettable evening on January 25th, 2019, where we will honor Nobel Prize Winner Thomas C. Südhof with the coveted GABA Award of Excellence. There is still time to get your ticket if you have not yet!  We hope to see you there.

Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director
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Main Events

European New Year's Reception
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
BelCham Co-working Space, 620 Davis Street, San Francisco

The European New Year?s Reception by EuroCham (European Chamber of Commerce) is a unique opportunity to connect with the European-American entrepreneurial community in the Bay Area. Our European events are very popular and ALWAYS sell out. There will be NO tickets at the door, so please make sure to buy your ticket today! 

GABA Gala 2019
Friday, January 25, 2019 6:00 PM - 10:30 PM
St. Francis Yacht Club, 99 Yacht Road, San Francisco

Our Gala guests will experience a splendid dinner, live entertainment, and an award ceremony at the St. Francis Yacht Club which boasts incredible panoramic views that span from the Golden Gate Bridge to Alcatraz. There is limited seating, please purchase your tickets soon.
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, January 7, 2019 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
The Liberties, 998 Guerrero Street, San Francisco

North Bay Stammtisch
Thursday, January 10, 2019 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Hopmonk, 224 Vintage Way, Novato

South Bay Stammtisch
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Esther's German Bakery and Café, 987 N San Antonio Rd, Los Altos

Santa Cruz Stammtisch
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz

Please register here

Sacramento Stammtisch
Thursday, January 17, 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Der Biergarten, 2332 K. Street, Sacramento

GABA SoCal Events

SoCal Stammtisch LA at Wurstkuche
Thursday, January 3, 2019 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wurstkuche Venice, 625 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles

Meet old friends, meet new friends and experience Wurstkuche's specialties at our first 2019 LA business mixer! Known as the purveyor of exotic grilled sausages you will sure be wowed by the flavors and beer selection. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

2019 Economic and Market Outlook with Dr. Mohamed A. El-Erian
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, P.C., 660 Newport Center Drive, Suite 1600, Newport Beach

You are cordially invited to a luncheon with Dr. Mohamed A. El-Erian on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. Enjoy lunch with a spectacular view from the top floor of a Newport Center Drive high-rise, while getting an exclusive 2019 outlook of the global economy and the financial markets.

SoCal Stammtisch San Diego at Vin De Syrah
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 De Syrah, 901 Fifth Ave, San Diego

Join GABA for our first 2019 monthly business mixer at Vin De Syrah! Come and unwind at this hip downtown urban lounge with botanical chandeliers and thick 50 year old wine vines! Inspired by the eclectic lounges of New York and the warm brasseries of the turn of the century in Paris, Vin De Syrah pays respect to the old but embraces the new world with its own contemporary style. Expand your business contacts and make new friends! We hope to see you there!

SoCal New Year?s Reception 2019
Wednesday?s, January 30, 2019 6:00 PM - 9:00 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. Back drop of this event is the GAGGENAU room with its cutting edge modern appliances. Let us wow your tastebuds with a fun and exquisite culinary experience prepared by private chefs throughout the evening. Register early, and join us here in Orange County to start 2019 in true style!

New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate:
Merck KGaA Darmstadt Germany

German American School Association of Northern California

Ludwig's German Table

Individual Members:
Elie Asmar
Uwe Bald
Andreas Bechtolsheim
Peter Biffar
Cameron Ghafari
Oliver Indra
Tristan Jennings
Kurt Mac Millan
Bjoern Pelzer
Kay Peters
Robert Reis
Juliane Stephan
Kent Strong
Wera von Wulfen
Manuel Willmann
Gunther Wobser

Interest Groups

"Financial Outlook 2019" took place December 6 at the German Consulate General San Francisco.  OUr guests had the opportunity to meet leading corporate fund managers from Europe and the U.S. who shared their views of 2019's overall financial climate and funding for international technology companies. 
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

GreenCycle US Holdings Inc.
GreenCycle US Holdings Inc. (a branch of SCHWARZ Gruppe) is new to the US as of 2018. Recycling is our business.  Using progressive techniques, we generate value in the circular economy.  Our goal is to find and develop innovative end market solutions for the waste we collect.

Osborne Clarke
Article about GDPR enforcement in Germany: Regulator issues fine and watchdog groups take private action.  More to this topic here.

Euro VAT Refund, Inc.: The VAT filing deadline in Germany and most other EU countries is approaching
Many North American companies are leaving Value Added TAX (VAT) behind on business expenses in Germany. Most of them are unaware about their VAT refund possibilities on events, hotels, transportation, and other costs. To learn more about your companies VAT refund opportunities, please contact Euro VAT Refund, Inc.  before March 1, 2019 to meet the filing deadline for EU invoices issued in 2018.

Job Board

Yes Partners
Project Manager/Technical Analyst - Silicon Valley: The company is a hardware device manufacturer for the Automotive, Semiconductor and Chemical industries.  More info here.
Innovation Lab Director - Silicon Valley: The company is a hardware device manufacturer for the Automotive, Semiconductor and Chemical industries. More info here.

Culture Selection

Artist Talk With Danielle De Picciotto & Alexander Hacke
Thursday, January 17, 2019, 6:30pm
Auditorium, 530 Bush Street, San Francisco

The artist couple, Danielle de Picciotto (Love Parade Berlin) & Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten), speaks about its involvement in Berlin's cultural scene from 1980 to today. Hear them narrate about past, present and future projects, and take the opportunity to interact with them after the presentation of their work in a relaxed atmosphere.
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