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Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

2018 . Crime, Non-fiction, Business & Finance . John Carreyrou

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About the book

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The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of a multibillion-dollar startup, by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end in the face of pressure and threats from the CEO and 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 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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Year:

2018

Language:

English

Publisher:

Knopf Publishing Group

Pages:

339

ISBN:

152473165X (ISBN13: 9781524731656)

Reviews

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Michael Cohen

5 months ago

8

Good quick read on Theranos, one of the biggest corporate scandals you’ll ever hear about

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Joen Møller

7 months ago

9

Super good book. Feels like you are reading a criminal novel. Will be interesting to see the final fallout of the story

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Pirgun Akinal

10 months ago

8

I watched a documentary about Theranos and I knew the story was crazy but details in the book makes it much more interesting. It's a fun read.

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Morten Tullin

12 months ago

9

@MarkusMarañonStraarup 🙌👏👍

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Markus Marañon Straarup influencer

1 year ago

10

Got this recommendation off Friendspire. Super interesting - what a fascinating story!

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Ana Testolini

1 year ago

10

Incredibly well written, you will not be able to stop reading until you’re done! I read it in ~2 days. The absurdity of it all makes it seem like a novel, but it’s all reality. Really recommend.

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Beatriz Marañon Straarup

1 year ago

6

Interesting read! Mindblowing that this can happen in real life...

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Will Jackson

1 year ago

10

Unbeliveable story, super well reported. This book is an absolute page-turner!

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Nina Oberbeck

1 year ago

10

What an insane and gripping read!

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Esben Poulsen

1 year ago

10

Loved the book!

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Morten V Schroeder influencer

1 year ago

10

Had this recommended from Friendspire and boy was I not disappointed! Super interesting and just a mind-boggling story! Def read if you are business interested!

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Carter Bass

1 year ago

10

Absolute page-turner. 100% must read.

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Annie Spencer

2 years ago

10

So. Good. Couldn’t put it down. And Jesus what a real life scandal...

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Kristian Hald

5 months ago

7