June 2019

Let's celebrate the beginning of Summer together! It's time for our annual celebration with the whole GABA community. The popular GABA Sommerfest will be held on Sunday, June 2nd, in Cuesta Park, Mountain View. Bring your family and friends to mingle, enjoy BBQ, beer, wine and pretzels in great company.  We look forward to seeing you! 

Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director

We thank our main supporters:


GABA NorCal 

Main Events

GABA Sommerfest 2019
Sunday, June 2, 2019 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Cuesta Park, 615 Cuesta Drive, Mountain View

It's time for our ever popular GABA Sommerfest! Bring your partner / family or come by yourself and make new friends in the German American business community!  Enjoy a cold beer and some delicious BBQ in great company. You will find us at the shaded picnic tables surrounded by small rolling hills and paths. The picnic area is next to a wonderful playground for the little ones. 

Rise of the Robots - Interrupted?
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Capgemini Applied Innovation Exchange, 425 Brannan Street, San Fransicso

GABA invites you to join a panel of experts that aim to change the world of automation and robotics, including startups, corporates, and investors. We'll dig beyond the marketing hype to better understand the deep technology challenges that remain to be solved, as well as focus on the near-term business opportunities.

Applied Blockchain: New Aps, New Business, Now for Everyone
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Exponent, 149 Commonwealth Drive, Menlo Park

Blockchain in real life for everyday people - something that makes sense to us! We've heard enough about its potentials, so where has it come to life, how, and with what success? 
NorCal 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, June 3, 2019 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
The Liberties, 998 Guerrero Street, San Francisco

North Bay Stammtisch
Thursday, June 13, 2019 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Hopmonk, 224 Vintage Way, Novato

South Bay Stammtisch
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Esther's German Bakery and Café, 987 N San Antonio Rd, Los Altos

Santa Cruz Stammtisch
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz

Please register here

Sacramento Stammtisch
Thursday, June 20, 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Der Biergarten, 2332 K. Street, Sacramento

GABA SoCal Events

SoCal Stammtisch LA at Rasselbock Los Angeles
Thursday, June 6, 2019 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Rasselbock Los Angeles, 3817 Grand View Blvd, LA

Our LA business mixer is meeting this month at the newly opened Rasselbock Los Angeles, a German restaurant and pub specializing in German food with a modern twist and freshly tapped German and Belgian beers. We look forward to meeting you there to connect, network and have great conversations!

SoCal Stammtisch OC at The Lot
Thursday, June 13, 2019 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Lot Fashion Island, 999 Newport Center Dr, Dine and Bar (2nd Floor), Newport Beach

Join GABA for our monthly business mixer at the Lot on Fashion Island! The Lot offers a perfect spot for a cocktail or drink at their trendy bar. Come and unwind at this hip urban patio overlooking the Fashion Island Mall! Expand your business contacts and make new friends! We hope to see you there!

SoCal Building your Professional Presence - Women in Business
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Gigasavvy, 14988 Sand Canyon Ave, Studio 4, Irvine

"Fake it 'til you make it" just doesn't cut it. Having a grounded professional presence is an inside job. If you want to learn the secrets to a truly powerful presence and are ready to transform your own thinking about what that looks like -- you don't want to miss this workshop!
SoCal Stammtisch San Diego at Social Tap
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Social Tap, 815 J Street #101, San Diego

Join GABA for our monthly business mixer at Social Tap San Diego. Enjoy scratch made food just steps away from Petco Park. By creating a welcoming atmosphere with a comfortable feel, Social Tap is the perfect place for casual networking, while enjoying local craft beer. Make new friends and expand your business contacts! We hope to see you there!

Partner Events

Startup Conference and International Startup Fair
Monday, June 17, 2019 10am - 5pm
Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View

GABA is a supporting organization of the Startup Conference 2019. 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. Stop by the International Startup Fair and discover hot new startups and cool technologies. The fair features over 20 companies showcasing (demoing) their products. GABA members receive a 20% discount for the Startup Conference and demo tables at the fair. Book yours soon, it sells out every year. Please use promotion code "GABA19" to register here.

UC Davis Graduate School of Management Partnership Opportunity
UC Davis recently added an international option to the IMP program (Integrated Management Project). The Dean of the School identified a partnership with the Ingolstadt School of Management for the upcoming fall quarter. We are seeking a company to engage on a project that has a presence in the surrounding area for a strategic project that would involve our UC Davis students partnering with Ingolstadt students to form a research team. The German students will be coming to the US over the ten-week quarter while tackling a strategic business challenge, and then the team will go back to Germany to complete the project work. We are searching for a company with a presence in Northern California as well as in Germany (with proximity to Ingolstadt) who would be interested in engaging a team of MBA students on a strategic initiative. To see the type of projects we have engaged in the recent past, check our website (high-level descriptions; all projects are NDA protected). We have a current team at work on a project with Logitech in Lausanne, Switzerland and Newark, CA in partnership with ZHAW School of Management & Law in Winterthur, SUI, so we are slowly gaining experience in this international endeavor. 

New and Renewing Members

Squire Patton Boggs

Premium Corporate:
Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH


Individual Members:
Angelo Allen
Lex Anselm
Martin Doettling
Franz Feuerherdt
Jana Glock
Denise Heap
Isabella Hoesch
Dennis Kane
Wiebke Meineke
Axel Merk
Mario Eric Moss
Geraldo Obach
John Rice
Roman Rosenkranz
Tom Sidle
Philipp Suek
Martin Tantow
Alexander Ungewickell

Interest Groups

GABA's LifeScience and Healthcare Interest Group held the event "Digital Health 2019" at Squire Patton Boggs in San Francisco on May 16th. Our guests enjoyed an evening talk about emerging trends and opportunities in the digital health market and listened to a panel of experts presenting case studies and discussing the regulatory and marketing challenges for mHealth apps.
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

Armanino LLP, one of the top 25 largest business consulting and accounting firms in the U.S., announced that Irvine, CA-based Bolar Hirsch & Jennings LLP will join Armanino effective June 1, 2019. This transaction expands Armanino's existing presence in Southern California to Orange County. (contact Gunther Hofmann - Managing Director, Corporate Finance). More info here.

Osborne Clark
After the UK Parliament failed to approve the draft EU-UK Withdrawal Deal, the UK and the EU agreed to extend the "article 50" notice period to 31 October 2019. This avoided the imminent threat of a no-deal Brexit, but a no-deal Brexit remains a possibility at this stage. In order to avoid the negative tax consequences in Germany due to a no-deal Brexit, the German Government enacted the Brexit Tax Accompanying Act at the beginning of this year. This Act supplements provisions of the German Income Tax Act and the German Corporation Tax Act in order to avoid (or at least mitigate) the negative tax effects due to a no-deal Brexit. More info here.

DB Schenker
Julia Martensen, Head of Global HR Strategy & Innovation at DB Schenker: "VR trainings suggest a significant reduction in training time, but they will also increase safety inside our warehouses. Not only can we use it to simulate dangerous situations, such as crossing pedestrians, but also map the exact warehouse layout to prevent accidents involving storage and racking systems". More info here.

Wanderlust at Schug Winery
Our newly expanded vineyard trail is officially open! In addition to a full renovation of our educational markers along the route, visitors will be able to choose between two different vineyard trails; a light stroll around the winery and our brand-new, mile-long hike through the vines to an elevated vista point - featuring views of Carneros, Sonoma Valley and the Bay Area. As you explore our vineyard you'll learn about the history of our region, the influence of soil types and microclimates, various viticulture techniques, and sustainable farming practices such as the use of solar power and water conservation. The trails are open daily and complimentary to all of our wine tasting guests.

Kilpatrick Townsend - Tech Study Helps Corporate America Forecast Future of Technology
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton and GreyB Services recently released findings from The First Annual Kilpatrick Townsend & GreyB Services Patenting Trends Study (Study). The Study provides clear and actionable information that assists decision makers in envisioning the technological future of their respective industries and setting their companies? strategies over the coming years and decades in an increasingly globalized economy. The Study analyzed a proprietary dataset of U.S. patenting activity that extends through 2018. Click here for the full study.

Inside GABA

Apply now for the GABA Rising Stars Award!
For the 5th time we will honor successful and innovative German-American startups during our signature Startup Award event at Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park on September 5th, 2019, 5:30 to 9pm. Our mission is to bring together the German-American startup community, top entrepreneurs, decision makers, investors and startup founders under one roof. The deadline to apply is June 30th!  Apply here.

Job Board

Alto International School - Preschool Assistant and After School Care Teacher Positions Available
We are looking for German-speaking Preschool Assistant Teachers and After School Care Teachers for the 2019-20 school year. Join our fun and energetic team of preschool teachers, who create a stimulating and nurturing environment for our youngest students every day. Please visit Alto's Website to learn more and to apply. We look forward to meeting you!

Culture Selection

Goethe Institut "Flickering Cave Sounds // Improvised Sound & Poetry"
Thomas Antonic recites spontaneously selected poetry and fragments, short cuts and cut-ups, simultaneously supported, interpreted and counterpointed with soundscapes by experimental music master Michael Fischer who is performing on 3 cd players allowing a rich, allusive, morphologic, filmic, cross-linking, floating coup of poetic escalation. More info here.
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