Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

A little background story, a few years back, maybe 4-5, when nobody in the US really talked about Theranos, my Mother in Europe asked me if I had heard about Elizabeth Holmes. I had NO idea who she was talking about. Of course I googled Elizabeth Holmes but was only mildly interested in what I found.

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Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

by John Carreyrou

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Hardcover, 299 pages
Published May 21st 2018

Bad Blood – John Carreyrou

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Bad Blood – John Carreyrou

CORINA’S REVIEW

Audiobook

Wowzer – what a ride!!!

First a little background story, a few years back, maybe 4-5, when nobody in the US really talked about Theranos, my Mother in Europe asked me if I had heard about Elizabeth Holmes. I had NO idea who she was talking about. Of course I googled Elizabeth Holmes but was only mildly interested in what I found.

Now after it all blew up, and after I read a couple articles and had the chance to listen to this book, the thought that this entire situation had even be possible is mind boggling.

As a decade long resident of the Bay Area I get some of it. Other aspects are just too insane to even contemplate. How all these powerful old white man were wrapped around the finger of a “young” blond woman – shouldn’t surprise me but it did. Although I understand that the idea of the next BIG thing coming out of the Bay Area, especially since we lost Steve Jobs way too young, was just too alluring, the way everyone ignored red flags is something I’ll never understand. I get that there was a vacuum, and someone was ready to step in. But boy, there were too many things just wrong about this company.

Moreover it took way too long for someone to step up and say something.

Theranos, the company, and especially their founder, felt like a cult, a sect, and Elizabeth Holmes the religious mastermind that brainwashed employees or if that wasn’t possible, just fired them as soon as they weren’t aligned with the company’s policy. Moreover the employee turn over was outrageous. It’s hard to believe how the company could get away with not answering questions, and their wishy washy attitude towards facts and truth should have never been allowed.

Honestly, I could go on for hours.

If you are as inquisitive and interested in background stories as I am, this book is for you. The company collapsed only last year. Also, it’s never too late to find out what Theranos and Elizabeth Holmes were all about, and what such a strong and charismatic personality can get done if she just puts her mind to it.

 

BTW the audiobook was phenomenal.

This book was written by the Wall Street Journal investigative reporter who actually broke the story on October 21st, 2015 and later on wrote this book.

 

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Bad Blood - John CarreyrouIn 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup “unicorn” promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood tests significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at $9 billion, putting Holmes’s worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn’t work.

For years, Holmes had been misleading investors, FDA officials, and her own employees. When Carreyrou, working at The Wall Street Journal, got a tip from a former Theranos employee and started asking questions, both Carreyrou and the Journal were threatened with lawsuits. Undaunted, the newspaper ran the first of dozens of Theranos articles in late 2015. By early 2017, the company’s value was zero and Holmes faced potential legal action from the government and her investors. Here is the riveting story of the biggest corporate fraud since Enron, a disturbing cautionary tale set amid the bold promises and gold-rush frenzy of Silicon Valley.


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John Carreyrou is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and a nonfiction author. His first book, “Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup,” chronicles Silicon Valley’s biggest fraud.

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I’m a blogger, photographer, and unapologetic book addict. I love strong female characters, major jerks, and Happily Ever Afters.

2 thoughts on “Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

  1. OMG! I heard about this last year and I have been following it like crazy! Elizabeth Holmes and her fraud was intriguing and apalling at the same time!

    I was shocked at the extent that she went to dupe everybody, even Wallgreens was involved! I was also intrigued because she was supposedly the first female selfmade millionaire and she was working on a product for the health care industry. For someone who works in healthcare, that really struck something in me.

    I still can’t believe that she practically got away with it!

    1. Everyone believed her – it was ridiculous! No hard facts, no numbers, no proof. How this was possible I’ll never understand – but it made for one compelling and fascinating book. Lol – we’ll have to chat when we meet up!

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