What's New - January 2020
A message from our Executive Director

Thank you to all of our members, supporters and event attendees who have contributed to an extraordinary year of 2019! GABA not only hosted 40+ events and supported many more, but for the first time, we presented the Transatlantic Sync conference - building the bridge between Germany and California in an entirely new way. 
Thanks to an amazing group of Stanford students, we offered a comprehensive program around a collaborative digital future based on AI, machine learning, and most importantly, our joint democratic and ethical values. For three days, top presenters from both sides of the Atlantic discussed innovation, digital health, future of work, and the challenging balance between transparency and privacy. Our programming for 2020 promises to be just as exciting, further exploring some of these themes, and adding new ones, including the latest on wave energy, medical cannabis, group dynamics and many more. 
GABA members enjoy free or reduced entry to our events, as well as many other perks. Now is a good time to become part of our diverse, successful and well-connected German-American network to advance your business and your career. Also, make sure to join your peers and get tickets for the annual GABA Gala on January 31, an excellent opportunity to wine and dine in great company, support the German-American community, celebrate everything great that happened last year and look forward to an even better 2020. 

My team and I wish you a healthy, peaceful, and prosperous New Year!

Caroline Raynaud

We thank our main supporters:


GABA NorCal Events
Gaba GALA 2020
Friday, January 31, 2020 6:00 PM - 10:30 PM
St. Francis Yacht Club, 99 Yacht Road, San Francisco
As a deeply-rooted community of German-American business professionals, we hope you will join us in celebrating our collective success in building a dynamic organization that unites the California Bay Area and German businesses. This gala celebration will acknowledge our achievements and pay tribute to our proud members. There is limited seating, please purchase your tickets soon.

GABA SoCal Events
SoCal Stammtisch OC's New Year's "Weisswurst" - Brunch at Jaegerhaus at Old World Village
Saturday, January 11, 2020, 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Jaegerhaus at Old World Village, 7561 Center Avenue, #49, Huntington Beach

You are cordially invited to join GABA OC in welcoming 2020 with a sparkling toast and a traditional Bavarian Weisswurst-Brunch at our New Year's Reception on January 11, 2020 in the rustic Jaegerhaus at Old World Village in Huntington Beach! Greet the New Year the German way with a glass of sparkling wine and hearty Bavarian Weisswurst sausages, authentic German potato salad, Sauerkraut and pretzels (all included in the ticket price, vegetarian and non-alcoholic options also available), together with new and old GABA friends and business connections.
SoCal 2020 Economic and Market Outlook Luncheon with Dr. Mohamed A. El-Erian
Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
University Club, 801 E Peltason Drive, Irvine

Luncheon with Dr. Mohamed A. El-Erian, one of the world's most influential economic thinkers, Chief Economic Advisor to Allianz, former CEO of PIMCO and award winning author. Gain unique insights of the current state and an invaluable outlook of the global economy and financial markets.
SoCal Stammtisch San Diego at German American Societies
Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
German American Societies, 1017 S. Mollison Ave, El Cajon

Meet us for our first business Mixer in 2020 for an educational evening! We have speakers for child- and adult German language education in San Diego County; from non-profit and public schools to German as a second language educators.
We will give a broad overview about what possibilities exist to learn the German language, and also some German culture; Germany is not just Oktoberfest but has a rich music, literary, philosophical, arts and science history - another reason to learn the language! Followed by a quick overview about options how to save for your children education. We look forward to seeing you there!

2020 Vision Ignition - Women in Business
Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Kigala Preschool, 2705 Pico Blvd. , Santa Monica, CA 90405

Mind & Performance Coach Arno Koch is going to talk about the requisites for change and the steps that need to be taken to replace old habits with new, empowering ones.
SoCal 5G: The Next Tech Distruption in Media and Entertainment
Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Phase Two, 5877 Obama Blvd (enter at back entrance), Los Angeles

Our panelists will discuss how the new network capabilities brought by 5G will go well beyond enhanced mobile media. It will disrupt the industry on many levels, enabling new business models and new immersive interactive experiences.

GABA's Partner Events
Squire Patton Boggs - Legal Basics for Start-ups
Squire Patton Boggs will host a special seminar on January 14, 2020 from 8:30am to 4pm, as part of the firm's Venture Law Meetup series, focused on providing meaningful education events around the 2020 J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference. This special event aims to equip executive officers and founders of new start-ups, as well as those who help counsel them or finance their ventures, with the knowledge and tools needed to navigate the various legal aspects of launching and growing a new business. More info and registration here.

Past Event
Our Entrepreneurs & Venture Capital Industry Group held the annual Global Business Outlook event at the German Consulate General San Francisco on December 11, 2019. GABA and the German Consulate presented this opportunity to meet leading professionals from Europe and the U.S. who shared their views of 2020's overall global business climate and outlook for international technology companies.


New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate:
FeldbergPacific Law Group
Merck KGaA Darmstadt Germany

German International School of Silicon Valley
Munich Re
Kaercher North America

Ludwig's German Table
Schug Carneros Estate Winery

Individual Members:
Tim Bussiek
Ludwig Fries
Jessica Fullmer
Justin Gaynor
Luther Jackson
Petra Kempf
Christopher Krueger
Kay Peters
Alexandra Post
Kent Strong
Gunther Wobser
Azita Yazdani


Member News

Bavarian U.S. Offices
Join us for Maifest 2020, our 4th annual conference on Sand Hill Road on May 15! This year's conference brings together senior executives, strategic investors, and R&D, innovation, and partnership experts to address emerging technologies shaping Cities of the Future in panel discussions, keynote, and 1:1 meetings. More info here.

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany - Silicon Valley Innovation Hub
For more than 350 years, we have been pushing the boundaries of what's possible. And we will continue to do this in years to come - with technologies that can change the rules of the game in entire industries and make a difference to millions of people's lives every day. More info here.

Squire Patton Boggs - Legal Basics for Start-ups: A Special Venture Law Meetup Seminar Held Paralleling the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference
Join Squire Patton Boggs on January 14th, when they will host a special seminar as part of the firm's Venture Law Meetup series, focused on providing meaningful education events around the 2020 J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference. This special event aims to equip executive officers and founders of new start-ups, as well as those who help counsel them or finance their ventures, with the knowledge and tools needed to navigate the various legal aspects of launching and growing a new business.
Job Listings
Alto International School
Alto International School in Menlo Park has two immediate job openings in its after-school care program. We are looking for a full-time maternity cover (January - June 2020) as well as a full time after school care teacher. To learn more about these positions (and others!), please visit the Alto International School website. Interested applicants should email preschool principal, Heike Schmalstieg with their resume and cover letter at hschmalstieg[at]altoschool.org

YES Partners
Chief Technology Officer - San Francisco Bay Area. The company is a stealth Mode Startup focusing on solid state batteries using 3D printing technologies for wearables, consumer automotive and grid verticals.See more info here.
Culture Section
Goethe Institut - Shoah Worldwide Screening in Observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day
On International Holocaust Remembrance Day - January 27, 2020, also the 75-year anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp - we are presenting together with Litquake and our community partners a screening of Claude Lanzmann's Shoah (1985, documentary film) at the Goethe-Institut's Auditorium. This is a rare opportunity to see the 9.5-hour film in its entirety on a big screen. More info here.
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