BBQ&A: Zuora’s CEO Grills Up Bulgogi and Eggplant

Summer may officially be over, but to say good-bye to the first round of our BBQ&A video series, we invited Zuora CEO Tien Tzuo to show us how to grill up some delicious eggplant and bulgogi beef, a traditional Korean barbecue dish.

Aster Data Gets $30 Million in New Funds

Aster Data, a big data analytics software company is saying that it has received $30 million in new funds from existing investors and a new undisclosed strategic investor. David Cheriton who backed Google and VMWare as an angel investor is also investing in the company.

FaceTime Isn’t About Tech, It’s About Shared Experiences

My new iPod touch arrived today and I barely configured it before a FaceTime call came through. It turns out that my son just got his first set of contact lenses and wanted to share the experience with me without futzing with apps, settings or devices.

Aster Data Gets New CEO, Founder Switches Roles

Aster Data, a San Carlos, Calif.-based start-up that develops software for big data applications, says it’s replacing its founder-CEO, Mayank Bawa, with software industry veteran Quentin Gallivan, who previously worked for Pivotlink and Postini. Bawa will switch roles and will be company’s chief customer officer.

Welcome Back From Summer Vacation! (You Call That a Vacation!?)

As we in the tech world gear up for the busy fall season, I’m struck by the fact that there really didn’t seem to be a summer slowdown this year. The funding rounds, product releases, acquisitions and corporate scandals didn’t calm down one bit.

Why a DIY Big Data Stack Is a Better Option

While settling on a standard big data stack is deeply important to the big data industry as a whole, I’m nonetheless questioning the operational and competitive consequences for companies who choose to buy into this standard without first considering the value of building a proprietary solution.

Apple Updates MacBook Pros

Nearly a year after the last MacBook Pro update, and months after Intel launched its latest mobile CPU, Apple (s aapl) has added Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs to the MacBook Pro…or at least most of them.

New MacBooks and MacBook Pros Just Around the Corner?

If you’ve been sitting there twiddling your thumbs while Apple announced the iPad, then just recently began talking about iPhone OS 4.0, then news of what’s going on with the Mac line (yes, Apple still makes computers) will probably come as a welcome surprise.