The Arch Grants 10X Event

Jim Eberlin, 2022 Arch Grants Entrepreneur Award Honoree

2022 Arch Grants Entrepreneur Award Honoree – Jim Eberlin

Jim Eberlin has been at the forefront of St. Louis’ tech startup scene since its earliest days. He founded HostAnalytics (now called Planful) in 2000, a cloud-based financial reporting and analytics company that has become one of the top 3 products in its market category. This successful run gave him the experience and confidence to launch two subsequent tech startup ventures.

Next, Jim launched Gainsight (formerly JBara) in 2009. Cultivation Capital, now a major venture capital firm in St. Louis, and Capital Innovators were initial investors. Jim then started TopOPPS in 2014 (now Xactly Forecasting), which uses artificial intelligence to improve sales pipeline management and revenue forecasting.

Jim’s companies have raised close to $300M in venture capital and created close to 2,000 jobs (hundreds here in St. Louis). In 2018, Host Analytics (now called Planful) was acquired by private equity firm, Vector Capital. In 2020, Gainsight was acquired for $1.1B by Vista Equity Partners, making it the first St. Louis-founded “unicorn” tech startup. Finally, in 2021 another Vista Equity Partners company, San Jose, CA-based Xactly corporation acquired Jim’s third company, TopOPPS, completing an incredible “hat trick” of startup exits.

Throughout his impressive entrepreneurial journey, Jim prioritized his hometown of St. Louis by ensuring that the bulk of his companies’ operations stayed in the region even as he opened offices for Gainsight and Host Analytics in the Bay Area to level the playing field with Silicon Valley-based competitors. He was presented the Governor’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award by then-Missouri Governor Jay Nixon in 2015, received the Spirit of Maryville Dean’s Award from his alma mater, Maryville University in 2016, and was most recently honored by St. Louis Business Journal with a Lifetime Achievement Award earlier this year, among many other recognitions.

honorary 10X Event host committee


John & Diana True

  • Jack & Anne Bader
  • Matt & Mary Badler
  • Mark Bartig
  • Carl Bouckaert & Suzanne Sitherwood
  • Zundra Bryant
  • Barry T. Cervantes
  • Kala & Dave Finklang
  • Jim & Melissa Fox
  • Judy Glik
  • Sheila Greenbaum & Gary M. Wasserman
  • Robert Guller & Kellie Hynes
  • Anne Jump & Ed Rossier
  • Deanna Kuhlmann-Leavitt & Robert Leavitt
  • Rosalyn & Charles Lowenhaupt
  • Greg Lukeman
  • Chris & Emily Peckham
  • Dennis & Ellen Riggs
  • Jerry & Sue Schlichter
  • Beth Schulte, Anders CPA’s & Advisors
  • Steve Trampe & Jenny Gupta
  • John Warren
  • Ron Watson
  • Richard & Janet Wile
  • David Woll
  • Heather Wood

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