Summary

The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of a multibillion-dollar start-up, by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end.
In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose start-up ‘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’ 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.
In Bad Blood John Carreyrou tells the story of Theranos and encourages us to consider the possible repercussions of our blind faith in a small group of brilliant individuals.
Now to be adapted into a film, with Jennifer Lawrence to star.
©2018 John Carreyrou (P)2018 Macmillan Digital Audio
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"Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Carreyrou presents meticulously researched, clearly written evidence of the fraud perpetrated by business wunderkind Elizabeth Holmes. The former CEO of the once-renowned Silicon Valley startup, Theranos, bilked investors of millions and potentially risked the lives of patients around the world with a groundbreaking diagnostic product that did not work reliably. Will Damron is the perfect choice as narrator. His precisely articulated style makes the entire effort sound as if it is a cloak-and-dagger spy novel." (AudioFile)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Flink on 14-08-18

Wow. Fast-paced and incredible.

I tore through this audiobook. Whenever I had a moment I was drawn back to it. Such a good read and a portrait of what happens when you combine narcissism, ambition and access. Really chilling.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Ruben on 13-08-18

good investigative journalism...

... and a very intriguing story. it gives insight in how silicon valley works from the atmosphere on the work floor all the way to the top and the enormous amounts of money involved. also well written with lots of pace, and pleasantly read.

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By Anonymous User on 18-08-18

breathtaking.. a must hear by all entrepreneurs

all startup founders should listen to this to keep them reminded of the integrity and social responsibility they have

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4 out of 5 stars
By Sara on 21-07-18

Gripping story

Totally recommended, It is a compelling read into what is a shockingly massive fraud committed by what I think is a psychopath. The narrator fits the story perfectly.

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