Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

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 br The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, the multibillion-dollar biotech sta...

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Title:Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
Author:John Carreyrou
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:152473165X
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup Reviews

  • Amar Pai
    Jun 11, 2018
    A real page turner. Elizabeth Holmes and Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani are such villains! She is a psychopath and he is a moronic asshole who enables and eggs her on. I felt bad for all the employees at Theranos who got roped into this madness. Craziest part is Sunny and Elizabeth are both fr...
  • Rincey
    Jul 16, 2018
    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 listen...
  • Mehrsa
    May 28, 2018
    How overly dramatic and sensationalist. Was Holmes a total fraud? Yup. But did she masterfully dupe everyone with her lies and cunning? I'm not so convinced. All those early investors and her workers and partners had dollar signs in their eyes too. And silicon valley is a place where t...
  • Roxane
    Jun 21, 2018
    Fascinating accounting of the Theranos scam and I do mean SCAM. Exhaustively reported. I do wish there had been more analysis of how a scam of this magnitude was made possible and enabled. This girl dropped out of college and convinced Henry Kissinger, George Schulz, Rupert Murdoch and...
  • Sherri
    May 21, 2018
    Should be mandatory B-School reading I read this book in one day. I had read some articles and/or saw TV shows on Theranos and Elizabeth Holmes, but my knowledge was pretty general. Once I started the book, I could not put it down. I canceled lunch with a friend so I could continue ...
  • Mara
    May 24, 2018
    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 royal...
  • Andy
    Jul 29, 2018
    Wow. Usually when things sound too good to be true, it's because they are. The Theranos device never made sense to me from the news reports. But the college dropout with the fancy connections managed to fool all kinds of famous and important people for years and years, and get about $1...
  • Tatiana
    Aug 02, 2018
    What an audacious fraud! Elizabeth Holmes must be the Queen of self-hype to get so many powerful (and allegedly smart) men to support this scheme (Jim Mattis! Henry Kissinger!). I would enjoy seeing both her and Sunny Balwani in jail, for what they'd done not only to their customer...
  • David
    Jul 01, 2018
    I love these kinds of books, which are actually more scary than books about global warming or war or other existential threats, because they point out a singularly terrifying fact: the people at the top, the powers and plenipotentiaries of the world, the masters of the universe who run...
  • Tomas Bella
    Jun 18, 2018
    Fantastický skuto?ný in?piratívny príbeh o tom, ?e ke? ste brilantný mladý talentovaný 19-ro?ný podnikate?, ktorý sa odhodlá vyrie?i? problém pova?ovaný ostatnými za nevyrie?ite?ný, tak doká?ete vyzbiera? od investorov 700 miliónov dolárov (!!!), dosta? p...
  • Jen
    Jun 06, 2018
    I was skeptical when I first heard about this story getting adapted into a film starring Jennifer Lawrence - is there enough material to justify a Hollywood production? And then I read the book - holy shit. The movie is going to be great. The degree of lies and manipulation by Ther...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    Jul 09, 2018
    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 exp...
  • Sirius Scientist
    May 28, 2018
    ?Grow fast, lose money, go public, get rich. That?s the model.? -- Dan Lyons Unicorns are rampant in the Boston area, and a slide my previous employer liked to show touted that any given time there were just under 1000 biotech or pharmaceutical based companies in the greater Bo...
  • TC
    May 21, 2018
    Just when I thought all reporters ever did anymore was see what was trending on social media and write stories with titles like "You'll cheer how this mom clapped-back at her body-shamers on Twitter," this book gives me hope that old-fashioned investigative journalism is alive and well...
  • Leo Robertson
    Jul 22, 2018
    Knew this would be intriguing, but my God I couldn't put it down! What a car crash! Knew also that Elizabeth Holmes messed up?didn't realise she was a delusional, letigious tyrant. Bizarre. Fascinating also to consider that she dropped out of college at 19 to become the next Steve...
  • Peter Tillman
    Jun 07, 2018
    Author Carreyrou gave a book talk at Kepler's in Palo Alto last night that was (as you can imagine) well-attended. I've read his articles at eh WSJ as they developed, but it's always fun to see the author in person (as you know, dear Reader). The biggest stir in the audience was his re...
  • Philipp
    Jul 16, 2018
    How good is this? So good I read it in two nights, each night until 4am. You think it can't get worse, but then the story turns around and turns more weird and dodgy! If you're following biotechnology then you'll have heard of Theranos, a fancy startup with tons of funding and a rid...
  • Meredith B.  (readingwithmere)
    Aug 14, 2018
    4.5 Stars Elizabeth told the gathered employees that she was building a religion. If there were any among them who didn?t believe, they should leave. Wow! What a powerful story. I'm a fan of financial stories and I personally work in the tech industry so when I heard about th...
  • Charles
    May 24, 2018
    While pretty much everyone in this book who is rich and powerful comes off looking bad, it is less a tale of typical fraud, like a Ponzi scheme, and more a tale of human foibles. These were expertly played on by Elizabeth Holmes, a very young woman of little productive talent and no pa...
  • BookOfCinz
    Aug 16, 2018
    Mind-blowing, un-put-down-able, MUST READ I cannot remember the last time a book blew my mind as much as this book did. This is a non-fiction and the things that are covered reads like fiction. This is one of those "I couldn't make this sh*t up even if I tried" kind of book. I ...
  • Gwern
    Jun 17, 2018
    Bad Blood is a straightforward read about the rise and fall of Theranos, done in chronological order in third-person up until Carreyrou becomes personally involved, at which point things accelerate to the SEC civil settlement. Carreyrou doesn't end too strongly but says that the crimin...
  • Michael Perkins
    May 29, 2018
    "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 the...
  • Sharon Barrow Wilfong
    Jul 31, 2018
    This book is non fiction but it reads like one of the fastest, action-packed thrillers you will ever read. I read it out loud to my husband and we forced ourselves to only read two chapters a night to make it last, until the end where we could not stop ourselves and read the final four...
  • Radiantflux
    Jun 03, 2018
    58th book for 2018. John Carreyrou the unicorn killer! Shortly before Carreyrou's expose appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Theranos, a Silicon Valley biotech startup, had a valuation of 10 billion dollars, within a few months it's net worth was close to zero. All hail the powe...
  • Andrew Garvin
    May 23, 2018
    Early in my career I worked at a next-generation sequencing startup with Theranos-level ambitions. In fact, it went further. The founders? mission was to cure aging. Literally, the goal was immortality. There were other similarities: The company was founded by wunderkinds, they wo...
  • Ilona
    Jun 18, 2018
    Tips on how to make an unicorn: - Be a sociopath - Excel at sales&marketing - Get some cool people on your Board Tips to how to fake it till you make it? - Hire a lot of lawyers - Intimidate all your employees - Pretend that you are a vocal proponent of a cause that you ar...
  • Veronica Moss
    Jul 17, 2018
    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 ...
  • Maureen
    May 27, 2018
    Eagerly awaiting for this book for well over a year, I ordered immediately on the release date. I have been actively following the Theranos scandal for some time but this book exceeded every expectation I had. The story is shocking and maddening in its own right but Carreyrou?s excel...
  • HFK
    Jul 28, 2018
    While reading Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup, my blood was boiling. Partly because I have enormous dislike towards Elizabeth Holmes, but also because our house has been doing 35 to 40 degrees a day as does my workplace, too. (Finland, as well as many other E...
  • Lex Kent
    Aug 11, 2018
    I don?t read a lot of nonfiction books. I love the imagination of fiction. When I heard about this book from a television show, it sounded unbelievable. The fact that this was a true story that seemed stranger than fiction, I had to give it a read. I?m really glad I did because thi...