Binpress was founded in August of 2010. Based out of Tel Aviv, Israel, the current team remains under five individuals, including CEO Adam Benayoun and CTO Eran Galperin. Binpress was created to give developers and others a marketplace for open source code. The website hopes to encourage users to supply free open source code through incentives. Today many users turn to Binpress to sell components or request them from skilled developers.
The concept behind Binpress is what makes it so unique. There are many different marketplaces out there, but not so many that cater to those who buy and sell source code. Through Binpress, developers can sell components while others involved in software development or projects can find what they need quickly and easily. The website also allows users to request specific components if they cannot find what they want already posted.
The Binpress website has a very professional, stylish appearance. It retains an air of technical sophistication while using vibrant colors like blue and green to spice up the grey background. The blue and black logo can be found along the top of the page beside five basic navigational links. Buttons at the center help users search for inventory access or the code publishing area. The bottom of the homepage includes featured components as well as a list of requested components that include the user asking for the item and what it is they want.
A new user can sign up for a Binpress account by clicking on the black “Sign Up” button found in the upper, right hand corner of the website. Developers who wish to join the Binpress community are asked to submit an invitation request. This requires the user’s full name, relevant links to websites they have developed and any professional profiles (such as their LinkedIn profile) and a short description of what makes them a professional developer. Eventually this may change after Binpress reaches its milestone and officially opens as a marketplace.
Binpress currently offers access to approved developers for free. There are no subscription fees or other charges for visiting the site and browsing available code, either. The site manually reviews developers and their submissions, so membership maybe limited and take a little time to obtain. Binpress does not list a commission rate or any other fees, either, however it is safe to assume that something might be taken from sales made through the site. Buyers can spend as much or as little as they like on Binpress.
Binpress is a helpful resource for developers who want to expand their offerings as well as those who need components. The website covers a number of popular programming languages and allows users to post a request for specific components.