What's New - June 2020

A message from our Executive Director
Dear GABA community,
We hope that you are all staying safe, despite the disturbing times we are living through. We greatly appreciated hearing from many GABA members through virtual events in the past few weeks, several of you shared encouraging stories and inspired us with your positive attitude. We feel that it is important to stay connected and try to help each other in this moment of crisis as much as we can. Please reach out to us if we can further support you in any way!

In other news, we are happy to announce Thomas Neubert as the GABA Vice-Chairman of the Board. Thomas is the Executive Director Global Developer EcoSystem - Artificial Intelligence/Deep Learning at Intel IOTG Group. Enthusiastic and motivated to define the next chapter of GABA, Thomas brings the experience and rich history of GABA to the team's effort building a membership centric organization. ?GABA 2.0" will adapt to the changes triggered by COVID-19 to offer very relevant services to corporate members using new venues and tools required to serve our community.  

Thomas' specialty is building global teams in Europe and Asia. He worked for companies like Deutsche Telekom, leading innovative partnering, spent 8+ years in start-ups (two exits in 2020). In 1994 he joined ELSA (Aachen, Germany) and established the US presence until the IPO in 1998. As an entrepreneur and individual investor, he is advising numerous start-ups. He is founding member of GABA and also co-founded SVMC "Silicon Valley Marathon Club".
Caroline Raynaud
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GABA Events

Please take advantage of our free online events. To make sure you don't miss any events that are put together last minute we encourage you to check our calendar frequently as well as subscribe to our mailing list to receive notifications of upcoming events.
The Cloud-Based Workflow - Future of the Film Industry?
Thursday, June 4, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Virtual Meeting 
During our first virtual GABA Film Initiative meeting we would like to show the making of a short movie demonstrating camera to cloud technology, virtual production stage work, and post-production in the cloud. As guest speakers we invited our German technology providers from ARRI, ZEISS, Pomfort and Kinoflo and the actors who took part in this project. 
Intentional Communication in the New Virtual Workplace
Monday, June 8, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Virtual Meeting 
Are you zoomed in or zoned out? Our work world has changed dramatically and we've had to adjust in a very short time. In this Lunch & Learn Zoom Session, you will receive tips on how to stay focused and motivated daily in your new virtual workplace.
The New Funding Reality
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Virtual Meeting 
Our panel of investors will share their insights and perspectives on the current venture capital investment climate in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Stammtisch Business Mixer OC - Talk Topic: Todays Refinance Challenges
Thursday, June 11, 2020 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Virtual Meeting 
Mix and connect with our GABA Orange County group again! GABA team member and Real Estate Financing Experts will share some insights into the current real estate financing market and the possible challenges and opportunities for homeowners and investors. Join in the conversation by submitting your questions during registration or the mixer. During the later part of the meeting, we will unmute all microphones and create a live social chat for all participants.
Stammtisch Business Mixer San Diego - Virtual Beer Garden Meeting
Wednesday, June 17, 2020 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Virtual Meeting 
San Diego is meeting again - join us for our first Virtual Beer Garden, moderated by Jim Jiao, GABA Regional Chair for San Diego, and hosted by his Stammtisch team. We will offer to break off into sub-meetings if desired and come back to the main table. BYOB - since you won't be driving to this Stammtisch-Mixer, don't feel limited to mineral water!
Innovation Coffee
Wednesday, June 17, 2020 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Virtual Meeting 
In this time of economic uncertainty, innovation leaders need to ensure their efforts create meaningful impact back at their corporate home. For this virtual innovation breakfast, we have invited Paul Campbell to launch our conversation. Paul is a Professor at Hult International Business School where he teaches Corporate Innovation and Disruption. This event is for Innovation center leads and by invitation-only - please contact Michaela Ballek.
Contact Tracing - Opportunities and Challenges
TBD in June, stay tuned!
Virtual Meeting 
Experts from Germany and the US will discuss current technology options, effectiveness, public vs. workplace applications, privacy issues, and the likely developments in Germany/Europe vs. the US. Stay tuned for an informative discussion by Sandro Gaycken (Director, Digital Society Institute), Chris Boos (Entrepreneur and member of the German government's Digital Council), Jay Heglar (Chief Business Officer, Domo), Eddie Holman (Of Counsel, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati), and Thomas Kohl (Partner, Taylor Wessing).

New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate:

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH



Brix and Partners

Individual Members:
Lex Anselm
Miriam Farnbauer
Nestor Lemus
Russell Mchugh
Mario Eric Moss
Henry Mulak
Regine Staufenberg
Juan Walterspiel MD
Max Weirauch
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Inside GABA

GABA participated in a large virtual networking event "The Ripple", connecting 450 participants that scheduled over 1,300 virtual meetings. The event was a unique opportunity to connect people through an online platform that were located all over Europe, New York and California. Thank you to Taylor Wessing for sponsoring and all GABA members who participated in this new format!

Partner Events

Venture Summit Virtual Connect - Global
Come meet, interact and network online with more than 1,300 VC's, Corporate VC's, angel investors, industry execs and founders of venture backed, emerging and early stage companies. Venture Summit Virtual Connect | Global is dedicated to showcasing VC's, Corporate VC's and angel investors committed to funding venture backed, emerging and early stage companies. GABA has made special arrangements for our network to receive a discount of 20% off the existing "early bird" savings. Register Today & Save Click here. Use promo code "GABAVIP".

Member News

GISSV e-Summer Camp
GISSV e-Summer Camp - Perfect for Kindergarten through adults! Register Here for our new online camp activities which include: Small group German language classes for all levels, featuring a new 1-on-1 customized German language tutoring program by our very experienced GISSV teachers, Kochen und Backen, Yoga, Maker Space, Musik and more! Hurry activities are filling up quickly and registration closes June 10, 2020. Questions: camp@gissv.org

Kilpatrick Townsend Reopening Guidebook
Reopening a business or workplace in the face of COVID-19 threats involves countless difficult decisions, and each day presents new, important pieces of information and new lessons learned. To meet these dynamic challenges, Kilpatrick Townsend has created a COVID-19 Reopening Guidebook as an online resource to keep our clients up-to-date on legal and business risks, successful practices, and the ever-evolving landscape of reopening orders and guidance from all of the states -- more than 35 already. Our Guidebook is easily searchable for broad topics or specific issues, and will be updated regularly by our COVID-19 Team, a multi-disciplinary group of professionals helping our clients maintain resilience now and into the future.

Job Board

Goethe Institut - Language Program Officer, Part-time
The Goethe-Institut San Francisco has an opening for a: Language Program Officer - Educational Liaison for German as a Foreign Language. It is a Part-time position (50%) = 20 hours/week. The Language Department focuses on continuing education for teachers of German and student activities to promote German as a Foreign Language in close cooperation with our partners in the US educational system. The Goethe-Institut San Francisco offers German language courses and exams to learners of all levels. More information here.

Culture Section

Goethe Institut: Virtual Cinema - Heimat is a Space in Time
This Virtual Cinema screening is presented as part of a unique partnership between the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles, the film's distributor, Icarus Films, Acropolis Cinema, and the Lumiere Music Hall.  Your purchase of a ticket to a virtual screening of the film directly supports Acropolis Cinema and the Lumiere Music Hall. German filmmaker Thomas Heise shares the stories of three generations of his family, in their own words. Heise sets the tone early, reading an anti-war essay written in 1912 by his grandfather Wilhelm, when he was a schoolboy. The director uses the same matter-of-fact, uninflected tone throughout the film - as he reads letters and notes from relatives who lived through the horrors of the First World War, Nazi Germany, and then life in Communist East Germany and the fall of the Berlin Wall. Available until June 30, 2020.
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