November 2019

After our very successful Transatlantic Sync Conference earlier this week, our GABA Gala 2020 is on the horizon. Our early bird promotion will end soon - so get your tickets today! The GALA is our annual signature event which takes place at the St. Francis Yacht Club on January 31st, 2020 in San Francisco. Mix and mingle with VIPs, executives and everyone who is committed to German-American business and friendship. We hope you will join us and enjoy a festive evening with excellent food and wine. Secure your tickets now before the early bird promotion ends.


Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director
We thank our main supporters:


GABA NorCal 

Main Events

Innovation Breakfast
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
By Invitation only
Many global corporations have established an innovation center in Silicon Valley in recent years. While some corporates are just arriving in Silicon Valley, several have established a presence here for decades - over time evolving their engagement models. Our goal is to bring people together wishing to engage with the Silicon Valley innovation eco-system. This breakfast mixer is by invitation-only. If you are part of an innovation center and not yet participating in this event, please contact Michaela Ballek.
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, November 4, 2019 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
The Liberties, 998 Guerrero Street, San Francisco

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

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

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

Please register here

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

GABA SoCal Events

SoCal Stammtisch LA at Wellesbourne
Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
The Wellesbourne, 10929 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles

Join us at The Wellesbourne, a lounge that will transport GABA members and new Guests to a world of 19th Century English elegance and charm. Happy hour lasts until 7pm so come early if you like. The bar team serves creative concoctions, signature classic cocktails, craft beers, select items from the kitchen. Join us first Wednesday in November for networking, new friends and easing into fall/holiday season. We look forward to seeing you at the area reserved for GABA!

SoCal Stammtisch OC at Pelican Hill Resort
Thursday, November 7, 2019, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Pelican Hill Resort, 22701 South Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast

Join GABA OC for our November Business Mixer in the Great Room Social Lounge at the gorgeous Pelican Hill Resort with its amazing ocean view in Newport Coast! Have fun mingling with new and old friends, as well as networking with interesting business contacts, all while enjoying $7 wine specials only for our group, and delicious bites in the beautiful Great Lounge at this exclusive OC landmark!

SoCal Building Healthy Group Dynamics - Women In Business
Thursday, November 14, 2019, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
GERMAN SCHOOL campus, Newport Sea Base, 1931 West Coast Hwy, Newport Beach

Everyone knows a department or group where dysfunction is guaranteed; tension is expected and always delivered. You just know that certain individuals will clash and resign yourself to keeping out of harm's way. But is this inevitable? Without being aware of it, we make choices at every step in how we frame ourselves, others and our roles. Coach Rita Harrison will shine light on these unconscious decisions and on the dynamics that are not visible to the group.

SoCal MARINE EVE - Stammtisch San Diego at Cavu Brewery and Restaurant
Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Cavu Brewery and Restaurant, 7536 Fay Ave, La Jolla

Join GABA for a Marine Evening Stammtisch at CAVU Brewery, La Jolla! GABA is hosting three speakers who spend most of their workdays with the marine wildlife in the San Diego waters. Each talk will focus on different geographical areas and the animals there. Enjoy an educational evening, learn more about San Diego's marine wildlife, and make new friends. We hope to see you there!

Partner Events

Keizai SV - Market Trends of Industrial Robotics
Join us to gain insights to current market trends in industrial robotics with our panelists. The program will explore the current market overview and technology landscape of the industrial robotics space, robotics startups' customer acquisition strategy, collaboration between robotics corporates and startups, IP strategy, industrial robotics market forecasts, etc. More info and registration here.

New and Renewing Members

Main Supporter:
SAP Labs

Premium Corporate:
Munich Re Ventures

Lever X


Individual Members:
Thomas Beer
Robert Biczek
Azade Dogan
Nataly Funk
Heike Harrison
Steffen Kuehr
Uwe Maurer
Jan Olsson
Daniela Schaff
Erich Sonnberger
Johannes Veerkamp
Stephan Weiss
Jens Weitzel

Interest Groups

Our GABA Group of Young Professionals, under leadership of Katharina Lix und Lars Thorben Neustock did a tremendous job of pulling together a professional conference with top speakers and deep content. At the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, about 450 attendees from business, academia and other organizations built a new transatlantic bridge of cooperation and understanding toward a digital economy. We discussed the radical changes caused by AI, machine learning, and robotics in the future of work, digital health, mobility and other areas. Participants lauded the conference: "a huge success", "world-class speakers and moderator", "eye-opening experience in many ways".  See this Wirtschafts Woche article about the conference!
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

GISSV Open House
GISSV Open House at the Mountain View Campus: Saturday, November 3, FB Event Page and at the San Francisco Campus (New Location in the Castro): Saturday, November 9, FB Event Page.
Please join us for an insiders peek into our community where you can meet our teachers, parents and students. We are a bilingual immersion school offering Preschool-Grade 12 in Mountain View and Preschool-Grade 8 in SF, plus after-school care. If you would like to attend, please register on our website at

Inside GABA

Our inaugural dinner for Executives of German companies in the Bay Area took place last month. We received an unanimously positive feedback about our Executive Circle from the attendees about the opportunity to have meaningful conversations within this group and other executives, who sent their regrets. Thank you to the German Consulate General and Kilpatrick Townsend for hosting and sponsoring.

Culture Selection

Exhibition - Berlin Wonderland
November 8 - December 27, 2019 at Pro Arts Gallery, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland. Wild Years Revisited 1990-1996. Shortly after the Wall fell, subculture blossomed in central Berlin. Featuring previously unknown images and commentary from key protagonists, the exhibition Berlin Wonderland brings back to life an almost forgotten era while showing how Berlin's Wonderland years made the city what it is today. More info here.
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