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Bad Blood

Bad Blood

2018 . Business & Economics, Entrepreneurship, Corporate Finance, Technology & Engineering, Biomedical . John Carreyrou

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About the book

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER • The gripping story of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos—one 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.

Year:

2018

Language:

English

Publisher:

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Pages:

352

ISBN:

1524731668 (ISBN13: 9781524731663)

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Reviews

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Jean-Baptiste Rieu image

1 year ago

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Even after having watched “The Inventor” documentary, the details here make the story even better. Especially the intimidation technics against the reporter and sources.

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Morten Schroeder image

4 years ago

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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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Markus Marañon Straarup image

3 years ago

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

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Hannah Cardoza

1 year ago

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Probably one of the wildest non-fiction books I've read. Written by investigative journalist John Carryrou it details how a blood-testing startup went from a valuation of $9 billion to $0. The idea behind Theranos was meant to revolutionise blood-testing - instead of needing to take vials of blood intravenously a simple pinprick amount of blood would be analysed in a small machine against 50 types of blood tests to produce a result sent to your phone. An incredible medical breakthrough - only the technology and the biomedicine behind it doesn't actually exist. Not to spoil if you do want to read this book but at some points I was aghast at just how far the CEO Elizabeth Holmes was able to take this scam - it even got to the table of the US Department of Defense for use in military. The book really pulls the veil off Silicon Valley - at how the culture really panders to meglomanics and confidence trickers. Behind the facade of glass buildings, fancy reception areas, coverage in Forbes hid a company culture of loyalty-at-all-costs, harrassment, threats and blatant lies about the ability of their tech. What was sad to see so many incrediblely talented scientists, technicians, medical researchers that tried to sound the alarm that the technology was not safe or accurate for use on human beings, but they were forced out of the company, threatened with litigation and essentially intimidated into silence. I really found myself getting irritated at the stupidity of the Venture Capitalists who kept throwing money at the company and the execs from Walgreens and other pharmacies who were so taken in by Holmes's personality and idea that they didn't even stress test any of the technology to ensure its safety, before rolling it out to their customers - the public.

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croosh K

1 year ago

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Extremely interesting look on the inside of Theranos, author does a great job pacing details

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Michael Donlea

1 year ago

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One of the best books I've read this year. A genuine page-turner.

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Michael Cohen

2 years ago

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

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Joen Møller

2 years ago

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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

3 years ago

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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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Ana Testolini

3 years ago

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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

3 years ago

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

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Will Jackson

3 years ago

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

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Annie Spencer image

4 years ago

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

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Morten Tullin

3 years ago

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@MarkusMarañonStraarup 🙌👏👍

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Abhi Raul

1 year ago

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The hard reality of silicon valley

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Richard Mulholland

1 year ago

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a bit long winded, but worthwhile.

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Nina Oberbeck

3 years ago

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What an insane and gripping read!

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Carter Bass

4 years ago

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Absolute page-turner. 100% must read.

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Pain akatsuki

2 years ago

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Awesome

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Esben Poulsen

3 years ago

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Loved the book!

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