The project has been an entire year, full-time, in the making. It started when I tried selling software that I had written as a side project. I saw two very big problems with the digital marketplaces online:
1. One company owns most of the marketplaces. Fees start in a tier, at 50%. Others like Creative Market are better (30% flat), but still seems excessive. I did a whole lot of spreadsheet math and determined 18% is more than fair for both creators and the company.
2. Engineers: do you like downloading Zip archives to get updates? Me either. I made the platform with deep Git integration. Customers can type `git pull` to get updates, or add the CDN urls to their package managers. Creators can use branches and tags as they see fit to manager their products. And hey, if your customers aren't technical, they can still download archives & see all Git commits in their dashboard.
So here I am one year later, finally complete (unit tests and all!). I'm a classic ENFJ personality. Please send me any feedback, good, bad, or downright mean :-)
Disclaimer - I'm giving you an impression based on about 30 seconds of viewing the page. I didn't intentionally spend so little time there, but I did what I think a typical new browsing user would do -- quick visit, scan the page, then leave. I'm also quite but not totally technical.
* I didn't get an intuitive sense of the value you're offering and why that's relevant. I get that easy purchasing of software is nice, and easy updates is nice, but I don't know that I as a user ever need to see the Git history of the updates. I know as an engineer you'll want to be able to really dive in, but is that easier or better than reading a Changelog? I'm not sure.
* I don't feel pain in this area -- I buy software either via the Mac App Store (easy updates) or directly from creators' websites (and most have 'Check for Updates' buttons). I admit I may be missing the mark here, so this isn't likely a valid criticism, but it's my perspective.
So in summary: Your #1 value prop based on a 30-second read is tight git integration, and I'm not sure I care about that as a user moreso than a Changelog.
Good luck! You've done exactly the right thing in shipping and talking to users, and I hope that the HN masses (as brutal as they can be) will help you improve and kick butt.
However, the about page does this pretty well, and I while I think you've targeted a very niche and tricky market, I can appreciate the reasons for your approach from what I read.
Maybe not directly, but I'd swap the about and home pages.
I have been trying to find a git server solution that uses a database to do access control for repositories over SSH.
If I remember the name of the method to override I’ll update. It was hard to find. It has everything to do with SSH and nothing to do with Git.
Edit: Found it - it's the AuthorizedKeysCommand  and you can use that in lieu of an AuthorizedKeysFile (which is authorized_keys by default) to run a script that can query a remote resource for the pubkey.
Should be sliding scale. Our average price point is about $30,000 and what you built could work for us, but at 18% we'll just build it internally.
RE: SquareBit Site
Not clear what this product does. Screenshots off UI should be foremost with brief explanation of what this does.
RE: App UI
You've got what looks like an MVP flow shown here. If there's more depth to this product I'd want to know about it. For example, how am I handling payments? What if I want payments outside of credit cards? How much of git internals are exposed to users?
RE: Inventory vs. Marketplace
You're demonstrating an inventory application here, not a marketplace. That's good b/c there is a shortage of good inventory applications for small business, and its a niche that needs to be filled.
The other points are all excellent items.. I've written them down to review later today. I appreciate you taking the time to submit feedback here!
Where do I see the products? everything seems to be more focused in the market itself but not on the products being sold/purchase. Perhaps I didn't get it and you are selling the market place itself and not any product within the market?
I won't register in such place, unless I see how it is solving my problem (e.g. there is a piece of software, plugin or theme layout for my CRM, which I would like to buy idk).
The current setup is focused on creators, not customers. Something like ThemeForest is customer-focused, while this is more similar to Gumroad, which is more creator-focused. (Gumroad does have its "Discover" feature, but it's not prominent)
Eventually if some product categories get popular I'll find a way to showcase a curated catalog. And if any creators are worried about reaching an audience, get in direct contact with me. I do free PPC campaigns for products I believe in: email@example.com
But that's only my humble opinion, I think I would never buy software in that way and I only would offer to sell it if the distribution would save me some costs with the interactions with my customers.
All use cases boil down to two scenarios:
1. Creators want to sell a digital thing, but don't want to give up 30% to 50% in fees. Digital things could be: ebooks, a font, PSD templates, WordPress plugins, etc.
2. Creators want to take advantage of Git integration (fantastic for selling software, ebooks, etc)
It seems to oversell on the technical implementation instead of the features that set it apart from a conceptual standpoint.
I also had to read the homepage, about page, and blog post to get a basic understanding of what it is, and that's only because I recognised Theme Forest when you mentioned it in your blog post. I would definitely suggest more copy on the homepage and a demo of some kind that doesn't involve joining.
Oof, being a one-man show is taxing. Thanks so much for your feedback, I've added a task in Teamwork to get on this!
I think you're making a grave category error with your pricing comparison. Because while it's true that you charge much less than Themeforest etc. you are not doing what they are doing.
They're true marketplaces and the % price you pay to them is for the payment processing, delivery management and _most crucially_ implicit marketing.
If I've made a Wordpress theme I'm much more likely to make more selling it on Themeforest (even with their 50-70% take) than I am with you and your 18% because they have literally millions and millions of people coursing through their ecosystem and searching directly within their site.
I think a more apt comparison is to something like Gumroad (which is more of a digital goods payments+fulfillment system and not a "marketplace"). Lots of people sell things like their eBooks and courses on Gumroad for $10/mo and 3.5%.
You need some example, case study, _something_ that shows how this actually works. Ideally you'd have this for all of the different ways you see this being used. There are a bunch of questions I had as a potential seller looking at this: do they accept Paypal? What's the checkout process look like? Do buyers end up with a library of stuff they've bought on SquareBit?
I think you've fallen into the "everything" tool trap where (since you're deep in the weeds with the service) you're finding stuff every day where you think: "SquareBit would be perfect for these people selling this thing" but to an outsider it's really hard to connect the dots.
Is SquareBit a good fit for ebooks? Video Courses? Private package repos? I have my thoughts, but your site and marketing needs to very cleanly say how and what this is for and how people would use it.
I'd be concerned using your service on the basis of you're doing online payments of a sort and call yourself Square. This isn't great and I hope you don't get into legal trouble, but ouch (IANAL, but any way you cut it, this isn't a positive to you).
I've jotted down some tasks as a result of this. And I'll say to point #4 - if I have to rebrand, it will be the second time. (And as a result, won't be too hard to swap the name out) Fun fact: was originally called git.cash, and well, Git started enforcing their trademark so that was a no-go :-)
Thanks again, I really enjoyed this write up.
1. Not a marketplace. It's just a Git management software with payment. Please don't create another Github.
2. No demo and no screenshots. You need to make a decision on your marketing focus: on sellers or on buyers.
Did not explain why the fees are 18%. What are the hidden costs that come with, since you offer X, Y, and Z services.
Isn't this what 'zsync' was made for?