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Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, the multibillion-dollar biotech startup, by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end, despite pressure from its charismatic CEO and threats by her lawyers. 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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ISBN : 9781524731656
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 352 pages
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  • Nivethitha

    Bad Blood takes us through the journey of a Silicon Valley bio tech start up, Theranos . It’s one where a start up after creating tremendous hype about saving lives ended up going up in smokes due to fraud and misrepresentation. I have always been piqued by corporate fraud stories . I read about Enron much after it happened . With Theranos , as I was reading through the book, I remembered many incidents and the different articles I had read on fortune , Forbes and New Yorker and lived through th ...more

  • Jon

    Exceptionally reported and written. A must read to understand the downsides of Valley ambition and investor optimism gone horribly wrong.

  • Rincey

    HOLY COW. I followed the Elizabeth Holmes/Theranos story slightly but this book does such a fantastic job of showing how completely banana pants this situation was.

    This was also great on audio, and so addictive that I started making up chores I could do just so I could keep listening.

  • Jessica Woodbury

    I put this book on hold before I heard all the buzz, because I had read a piece or two on Elizabeth Holmes and they never got into the actual science involved and I was very curious about how much of a swindle Theranos actually was and how the science played into it. What I was not expecting, even after seeing raves for this book, was that I would read it in just a few hours in a frenzy and not be able to stop. I could not bring this book to the pool because I would spend the whole time reading ...more

  • Michael Perkins

    "The resignations infuriated Elizabeth and Sunny. The following day, they summoned the staff for an all-hands meeting in the cafeteria. Copies of The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho had been placed on every chair. Elizabeth told the gathered employees that she was building a religion. If there was anyone not prepared to show complete devotion and unmitigated loyalty to the company they should “get the fuck out.”

    The Steve Jobs Syndrome

    I have covered Silicon Valley as a journalist and author for three d

  • Jackaline Rutter

    I’d give this 3.5 stars. Great book and amazing what Elizabeth got away with! Scary in that sense. There were a lot of people in this one so at times I found it a little tough to keep them all straight.

  • Veronica Moss

    Scandalous! A fast and addictive read about how a sociopathic college drop out who thought she was Steve Jobs charmed a bunch of old rich men into making her a billionaire. She’s a complete piece of 💩. Utterly amazing that this went down in our backyard of Silicon Valley. Can’t wait for J-Law to play her in the book-to-film adaptation!

  • Mara

    Simultaneously riveting and immensely frustrating in the way that I imagine watching a trainwreck in slow-motion might be, major props go to John Carreyrou for seeing through and doggedly pursuing a story that undoubtedly could have ended with a fallout far beyond the scope of SV royalty.

    This isn't even a review so much as a reminder that this, yes, this (below) is the face of a willing destroyer of worlds…