EP. 84 Keeping your sense of Self, with a capital S

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Laurie McGraw is speaking with Inspiring Woman Afsaneh Naimollah, Managing Partner of XEN Partners and Silicon Valley-based healthcare technology executive who has advised over 1000 companies in her thirty years in healthtech.  Afsaneh continues to be energized about healthcare stating it is a bottomless pit of learning.  Having done over 150 M&A transactions, she has sage advice for entrepreneurs which includes being focused; having technical people on the team and raise just enough money to execute to the next stage but do not overshoot.  She has also thought a lot about how women can advance in the space of leadership and underscores the importance of the two P’s – Performance and Persistence. At the same time – if you are a woman who has made it, it is imperative that you make the time and help other women.  At the end of the day, success comes from who you are and for women in particular – keeping that sense of self with a capital S!


Afsaneh Naimollah

Managing Partner, XEN Partners

Executive in Residence, Plug and Play Tech Center

Silicon Valley-based global technology and healthcare tech executive with over 30 years of corporate finance, strategic advisory and investment banking experience. Public company board experience with a successful exit (company sold to Google). Board member and Chair of Audit Committee of publicly-listed CA Healthcare Acquisition Corp., a SPAC formed to acquire healthcare companies. First transaction was the merger with LumiraDx, the world’s largest PoC testing company valued at $3B in December 2021.

Subject matter expert in next gen healthcare technologies including the migration of old technologies to new digitally-enabled business models, AI, automation, payer/provider software, data analytics, virtual care, remote patient monitoring, wellness and precision medicine. Publisher of HIT Greatest Hits, a widely read monthly newsletter on healthcare.

I have worked collaboratively with many CEOs and board of directors of mid size to large companies on growth and exit strategies. I have executed over 150 M&A transactions in 20 countries and have raised upwards of $12B of capital via IPOs, private placements and bank debt.

I am also an angel investor and advisor to a number of healthcare companies which has given me the rare opportunity to participate in building businesses from the ground up. It is a rewarding and fulfilling experience to help CEOs navigate this exciting and dynamic industry.


You can follow Afsaneh on LinkedIn.

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