Xavier Louis is CPO and Co-founder of the brain training app Peak.
Can you give us a few words on Peak?
We believe people can reach their peak performance in
a fun and motivational way. Our main product is Peak - Brain Training, a self-improvement
app that offers fun and challenging games to exercise your mental skills. Peak was named one of the “Best Apps of 2014” by
Apple, and a Google Play “Best Self Improvement App” in 2016. It’s the most
popular brain training application on mobile with more than 20m customers.
Can you tell us a bit more about Hachette acquiring a majority stake in your company?
took a majority stake in Peak in December 2016. We have a lot of shared values
around the positive impact and educational values of our products. They’re strong
believers in what we build every day at Peak and they are going to help us
accelerate our roadmap whilst keeping a day-to-day independence of the
If you had one piece of advice to give to a
newly-arrived-in-London French gaming startup, what would it be?
suggest engaging the conversion with investors early on as it’s going to take
time and many iterations to build a great product / game J
What VCs would you recommend?
We have had
the chance to work with some of the most experienced and passionate gaming
investors such as London Venture Partners, Initial Capital, DN Capital, Qualcomm
Ventures and Creandum.
Where will you invest your first or next
My wife and
I might disagree on this one J But I will most certainly invest
most of it back in the start-up ecosystem with a personal interest in gaming,
education, e-health and social impact.
Who is your favourite entrepreneur at the
I have a
lot of respect for the very successful Nordics gaming entrepreneurs I have
worked with such as Kristian Segerstrale (Playfish) and Ilkka Paananen
(Supercell): passionate, ready to embrace failure, a bold vision, and always
very humble. Also I would like to praise entrepreneur-philanthropists such as Bill
Gates or Alexandre Mars (Epic Foundation) who have been building great
initiatives to change the world for the better.
Your favourite hero?
What is your favourite motto?
like and use the motto we had back to my Amazon days: “Work hard, have fun,