The Optimal Path Podcast
The Optimal Path is a new podcast about product decision-making, brought to you by the team at Maze. Join us for expert conversations with product people at Webflow, Github, and more. Every episode uncovers the stories, ideas, and approaches that drive success—and the optimal path for product decisions.
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Episode 04 | 03 February 2022 | 29 min
Teresa Torres, product discovery coach and author of the book Continuous Discovery Habits, talks to Maze about the principles of continuous discovery, tactics to implement it, and how to make better product decisions with customer feedback.
Product design leaders and experts share the experiences and learnings that shaped their path to success.
Summer break announcement
EPISODE 16 | 04 August 2022 | 1 min
The Optimal Path is taking a short summer break and will be back with new guest episodes in the fall. Want to share your feedback or guest requests? We’d love to hear from you! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Software as a medium of human expression with Bob Baxley | ThoughtSpot
EPISODE 15 | 28 July 2022 | 27 min
Bob Baxley, SVP of Design at ThoughtSpot and former design leader at Apple, Pinterest, and Yahoo!, talks to Maze about the history of Silicon Valley, the importance of creating products that resonate with people, and the qualities that define great designers.
How to design onboarding experiences that drive product-led growth with Pulkit Agrawal | Chameleon
EPISODE 14 | 14 July 2022 | 36 min
Pulkit Agrawal, Co-founder & CEO at Chameleon, talks to Maze about the relationship between user onboarding and product-led growth and how to design successful onboarding experiences that delight and guide users.
The rise of customer-centricity with Benjamin Humphrey | Dovetail
EPISODE 13 | 30 June 2022 | 42 min
Benjamin Humphrey, Co-founder & CEO at Dovetail, talks to Maze about the comparison between design software and research software maturity levels, why customer-centricity is the key business differentiator, and how research repositories can help you build more customer-centric organizations.
The relationship between business and design with Erika Hall | Mule Design Studio
EPISODE 12 | 16 June 2022 | 33 min
Erika Hall, Design consultant & Co-founder of Mule Design Studio, talks to Maze about the complicated relationship between design and business, the importance of asking questions, and how research plays a critical role in influencing decision-making.
Meet the host
Ash Oliver is a UX Designer and the first Design Advocate at Maze. Ash assists product teams in uncovering the power of design and continuous research. His business background blends design thinking to solve problems with and for product users. Ash shares a deep love for lifelong learning, books, plants, and house music.