Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, May 21, 2018 - Business & Economics - 352 pages
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER • The gripping story of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranosone of the biggest corporate frauds in history—a tale of ambition and hubris set amid the bold promises of Silicon Valley, rigorously reported by the prize-winning journalist. With a new Afterword.

“Chilling ... Reads like a thriller ... Carreyrou tells [the Theranos story] virtually to perfection.” —The New York Times Book Review


In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the next Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup “unicorn” promised to revolutionize the medical industry with its breakthrough device, which performed the whole range of laboratory tests from a single drop of blood. 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 $4.5 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn’t work. Erroneous results put patients in danger, leading to misdiagnoses and unnecessary treatments. All the while, Holmes and her partner, Sunny Balwani, worked to silence anyone who voiced misgivings—from journalists to their own employees.
 

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User Review  - BuffyCharpentier - LibraryThing

Book Prompt: Read a business book. This was a good introduction to the Theranos scandal. I knew extraordinarily little about what occurred with this medical tech company, so was very curious to find ... Read full review

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What with a front page trial and a Hulu drama series, which i have not watched, the subject of this book, Elizabeth Holmes and her company, have gotten a lot of attention. Carreyrou lays out the story ... Read full review

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Contents

Cover About the Author Title Page Copyright Dedication Authors Note
Prologue
A Purposeful Life
The Gluebot
Apple Envy
Goodbye East Paly
The Childhood Neighbor
Sunny
Lighting a Fuisz
Ian Gibbons
ChiatDay
Going Live
Unicorn
The Grandson
Fame
The Hippocratic Oath

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The miniLab
The Wellness Play
Who Is LTC Shoemaker?
The
The Ambush
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JOHN CARREYROU is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter at The Wall Street Journal. For his extensive coverage of Theranos, Carreyrou was awarded the George Polk Award for Financial Reporting, the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism in the category of beat reporting, and the Barlett & Steele Silver Award for Investigative Business Journalism. Carreyrou lives in Brooklyn with his wife and three children.

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