February 2019

We were honored to present the GABA Award of Excellence to Thomas C. Südhof  during the GABA GALA on January 25th at the St. Francis Yacht Club. It was another wonderful evening of celebrating German-American achievements in the beautiful setting of the San Francisco Bay. Thank you to everyone who came. It was a full success and we are already looking forward to planning another exciting GALA next January!

Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director
We thank our main supporters:



Main Events

Friday, February 1, 2019 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Innogy, 437 Kipling Street, Suite 200, Palo Alto

GABA and Innogy New Ventures would like to invite you to the fifth edition of Watts&Wine to explore the topic "Navigating the Energy Transition: Dispatches from the Front Line" 

Winter European Networking
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Docusign, 221 Main St., Suite 1000, San Francisco

Don't miss this chance to mingle with business professionals from diverse European countries! Get your ticket soon since this event may sell out! Members only.
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 4, 2019 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
The Liberties, 998 Guerrero Street, San Francisco

North Bay Stammtisch
Thursday, February 14, 2019 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Hopmonk, 224 Vintage Way, Novato

South Bay Stammtisch
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Esther's German Bakery and Café, 987 N San Antonio Rd, Los Altos

Santa Cruz Stammtisch
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz

Please register here

Sacramento Stammtisch
Thursday, February 21, 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Der Biergarten, 2332 K. Street, Sacramento

GABA SoCal Events

SoCal Financial Wisdom for Women - Orange County
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
D'Orsay - The Art of Hair, 240 Newport Center Dr, #107, Newport Beach

Many of us women are afraid to ask questions when it comes to finances for fear of sounding uninformed. This workshop will provide an overview and allow you to ask the questions you've always wanted to ask. 

SoCal Stammtish LA at Wirtshaus
Thursday, February 7, 2019 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wirtshaus LA, 345 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles

Come, meet and network with us again at our next LA Stammtisch business mixer at the traditional German Restaurant and Biergarten Wirtshaus! Enjoy over 35 German beers as well as German and Austrian wines. The menu includes various versions of schnitzel, sausages, potato pancakes, currywurst and pretzels. 

SoCal Stammtisch San Diego at CAVU Brewery & Restaurant
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
CAVU Brewery & Restaurant, 7536 Fay Ave, La Jolla

Join GABA for our monthly business mixer at CAVU Brewery & Restaurant in La Jolla. Come relax on CAVU Brewery's outdoor patio with outdoor heating and lava rock fire pits, or connect at the bar inside while enjoying great craft beers! Expand your business contacts and make new friends! We hope to see you there!

Partner Events

Venture Summit West 2019
The 7th annual Venture Summit | West, presented by youngStartup Ventures takes place at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport March 6th - 7th. It is the premier industry gathering connecting venture capitalists, corporate VCs, angel investors, technology transfer professionals, senior executives of venture backed, emerging and early stage companies, university researchers, incubators and premier service providers. Early Bird rates expire first week in February.  Discount code for GABA members is GABAVIP. Register here.

New and Renewing Members

Main Supporter:

Premium Corporate:
Gordon Biersch Brewing Company
Morrison & Foerster LLP

Bavarian U.S. Offices West Coast
German American School Association
Lufthansa Group
NRW INVEST (North America) LLC
TUM San Francisco

Individual Members:
Susan Asay
Klaus Atzmueller
Timon Birkhofer
Jordan Cox
Hartmut Eggert
Diane Guido, Ph.D.
Nadine Hammer
Christoph Kirchner
Alex Mack
Diana Mack
Elly McCloud
Michael Metzger
Gitta Mueller
Juliane Nandra
Astrid Proboll
Daniela Proske
Katja Rada
Jack Schaedel
Michael Wolff

Interest Groups

Leadership Coach, Irené Turtle, gave mindful tips to the SoCal WiB group during the event: "Is PROCRASTINATION taking the lead in your new year's resolutions?" on January 23rd. She encouraged everyone to confront fears holding them back from following through. With the option on teaming up with an accountability partner, attendees were encouraged to take action in a sustained way throughout 2019.
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

German American School Association
Learn or brush up on German at one of 15 locations of the German-American School Association. We are a language and cultural immersion school open to all students P-12 who desire to master the German language or enhance their language skills. Adult classes are offered at different locations. www.germanschool4kids.orghttps://www.facebook.com/GASASoCal/

Osborn Clarke LLP
Osborne Clarke has advised N26 GmbH on the closing of its series D $300 million financing round. The financing round was led by venture capital and private equity firm Insight Venture Partners valuing N26 at $2.7bn. More info here.

German-American School of Palo Alto (GASPA)
Get ready, get set, SUMMER! Registration for GASPA's 2019 summer camp program will open February 1st! We offer a 4-week or single-week German full-immersion program for students 3-12, with a separate track for students ages 9-12.  Program details can be found on the summer camp program section of our home page: www.gaspa-ca.org

Focal Point Coaching: Solar Roads - That's our Vision
We have the patent, the technology, US customer access, and a demonstration site in Germany.  We are looking for a second seed investor to help fund our ambitions in the USA.  Serious investors please contact us as www.solmove-usa.com.

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft
Facebook introduced the ability to use first party cookies to track internet users. In contrast to third party cookies, these will not be blocked by most browsers' default settings. Businesses using Facebook's ad technology in Europe should make sure that the usage is still GDPR compliant after the change.

Inside GABA

GABA Enters Partnership with American-German Business Club Munich e.V.
GABA members visiting from the U.S. or based in Munich can now attend AGBC Munich events at their member prices, and AGBC Munich members visiting California can attend GABA events at their member rates. As Munich's largest English-speaking business networking club, AGBC unites individuals to interact and exchange ideas on current business and social trends in an international community.  This is a very good forum for establishing contacts and identifying potential business partners in Southern Germany. AGBC Munich holds monthly evening meetings featuring expert Guest Speakers on international business, technology or cultural topics.  Specific event announcements will be featured in upcoming GABA monthly newsletters. For AGBC Website and AGBC Newsletter, please visit www.agbc-munich.com.

Job Board

Deutsche Bank: Vice President, innovation Specialist - Global Markets & Trading, New York City
Deutsche Bank is seeking a highly motivated and accomplished Innovation Specialist for its Innovation Lab in New York who can assist in driving both continuous and disruptive innovation across Deutsche Bank's Corporate & Investment Banking (in particular Equities & FIC). More info here

Lufthansa: New Business & SME Manager San Francisco
The New Business & SME Manager identifies and contacts new potential clients with the aim to convert them into contracted accounts for the Lufthansa Group. More info here

Culture Selection

23rd Berlin & Beyond Film Festival
March 8-14, 2019
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 March 8-10 at San Francisco's iconic Castro Theatre, March 11 at Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, and March 12-14 at the Goethe-Institut. The festival will be highlighted by red carpet premieres and special guests in attendance, including actor Bjarne Mädel with the international premiere of the road film "25 km/h" on Opening Night, director Veit Helmer with the poetic, silent-film comedy "The Bra." Full lineup to be unveiled on February 5th via BerlinBeyond.com.
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