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Thursday, 9th June

2016, 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM | Location: Runway Incubator 1355 Market Street Suite 488 San Francisco, CA 94103

GABA/K&L/GU/NS International Expansion Seminar

International expansion done right is critical for sustainable long-term growth of companies. However, over 75% of international business expansion initiatives fail – costing significant investments in time, money, and opportunity. Join us for an insightful evening about “Going Global” and bring your questions for the experts.

German Entrepreneurs will share strategic insights about their startup journey in both California and Germany. Meet the founders and benefit from their insights on both sides of the Atlantic.

A panel discussion of tax, law, and go-to-market experts will feature real-world insights, examples, and practical tips for companies going global, such as:

  • Steps companies should take to ensure they are truly prepared to expand
  • Creating the optimal legal structure
  • Tax and compliance issues that often sidetrack expanding companies
  • Countries that are the easiest and hardest to expand into and why
  • Best practices and practical approach to hiring overseas
  • How to establish effective communications between the home office and the foreign offices
  • The roles VCs and board members can and should play


Stefan Groschupf, CEO and Founder at Datameer
Karsten Beyer, COO at DataVirtuality | Logical Data Warehouse for digital businesses
Lars Johansson, Partner at K&L Gates LLP
Ragu Bhargava, Co-Founder and CEO at Global Upside

Moderator: Jennifer Vessels, CEO at Next Step


6:00pm: Registration and Networking

6:30pm: Welcome & Case studies
– Stefan Groschupf, CEO Datameer, Halle/Palo Alto, Mentor Data Virtuality
– Karsten Beyer, COO Data Virtuality, Leipzig/Palo Alto

6:50pm: Panel of experts
– Jennifer Vessels, Next Step Growth – International Business Consulting
– Lars Johansson, Attorney at K&L Gates – International Law Firm
– Ragu Bhagarva, CEO, Global Upside – International Tax, Accounting & HR

8:00pm: Networking

Light appetizer and drinks will be served

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