Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY: NPR, The New York Times Book Review, Time, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post • The McKinsey Business Book of the Year
The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, the one-time multibillion-dollar biotech startup founded by Elizabeth Holmes—now the subject of the HBO documentary The Inventor—by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end.
“The story is even crazier than I expected, and I found myself unable to put it down once I started. This book has everything: elaborate scams, corporate intrigue, magazine cover stories, ruined family relationships, and the demise of a company once valued at nearly $10 billion.” —Bill Gates
In 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 testing 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 more than $9 billion, putting Holmes’s worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn’t work.
A riveting story of the biggest corporate fraud since Enron, a tale of ambition and hubris set amid the bold promises of Silicon Valley.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - arubabookwoman - LibraryThing
This is narrative nonfiction that reads like a thriller. Elizabeth Holmes founded Theranos, a Silicon Valley biomed startup that ultimately achieved a $6 billion valuation. However, that valuation was ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - sanyamakadi - LibraryThing
I really disliked this book. Part of the reason was the content--it was nonstop stories of how Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes went against medical ethics, lied, cheated, bullied, perpetuated all ... Read full review
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