The Bartender Fumble

So the news has come out recently that one of my favorite utilities, Bartender, got sold about three months ago. In the intervening period the new owner is reported to have added user-monitoring Amplitude, but has not announced itself as the new owner or explained their intentions for their stewardship of this damn-useful app.

Ben Surtees, the original developer and prior owner, posted vouching for the new owners, but the new owners still remain silent. This all said, in a past life I dealt often with business transitions and I know how hectic they sometimes get. I’m not running for the escape hatch yet. I’m giving them a week to explain. This isn’t necessarily hijinks, but at this point I believe us customers are entitled to an explanation from the new owners if they want us to keep supporting the app.