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Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

John Carreyrou • Rating: 8 / 10
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

Elizabeth Holmes has set out to revolutionize health care and create a device that would take a few drops of blood and perform all kind of tests on it, fully remotely, through a portable device you could place in your home.

This seemed groundbreaking and naturally, Silicon Valley and other big players have jumped onto the opportunity to invest. Theranos eventually grew to 800 employees and was valued at 9 billion dollars. A true unicorn story.

The thing is, it was never true. That device never worked and the most brilliant minds in the industry couldn’t have made it happen. Despite that, somehow, Elizabeth made it real in the eyes of the most powerful people in the country.

This book uncovers a story of a few people who didn’t buy into the bullshit and decided to put an end to this.

I think the book could’ve been shorter though. It’d be just as interesting without the extra context inside each chapter, that’s dedicated to every person who’s crossed paths with Theranos. Overall, a great read that I can recommend.