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:Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:299 pages pages

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

  • Otis Chandler
    Sep 24, 2018
    Scandalous, riveting, and well reported. I tore through this in a weekend. This is an unbelievable story - I literally cannot believe how so many people were duped by this company. It's a story of a Stanford grad dropout who had a vision, and an uncanny ability to make others believe h...
  • JanB
    Jan 18, 2019
    How does a woman who was once lauded as the youngest self-made female billionaire find herself now broke and charged with fraud? Her face was on the cover of many financial magazines as the golden girl of Silicon Valley, the female Steve Jobs. In her black turtlenecks, she even dressed...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Nikki (Saturday Nite Reader)
    Dec 22, 2018
    It was an addicting, consuming read. Wall Street Journal Investigative Reporter John Carreyrou was instrumental in blowing up Theranos? spot. In Bad Blood, Carreyrou meticulously described the entire Theranos evolution leading to his expose and it was simply crazy?every last dro...
  • Maxwell
    Feb 06, 2019
    I loved (and was disturbed by) every second of this. It's the exact kind of investigative story that I find fascinating filled with strange figures, secrecy, and moments that will make you say "how is that possible?!" Not only an incredible story, but Carreyrou does an absolutely wonde...
  • Carol (Bookaria)
    Jan 10, 2019
    A captivating, interesting, and (almost) unbelievable story. I had heard of Therano's downfall in the news, but the way this author investigated and narrated the events was absolutely remarkable. The book details the rise and fall of Theranos, a Silicon-Valley company that aimed to ...
  • 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...
  • Julie Ehlers
    Jan 13, 2019
    In case you weren't already aware: Absolute power corrupts absolutely. I so want to discuss various elements of Bad Blood, but I want even more not to give anything away for those who haven't read it yet. I'll just say that this book is about power and money and megalomania and extr...
  • 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...
  • Gretchen Rubin
    Feb 04, 2019
    An outstanding account of the crazy story of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos. A real page-turner. Just about everyone I know has read it, or like my sister Elizabeth, listened to the audio-book. I also just started listening to The Dropout, a 6-part podcast by ABC News correspondent Rebe...
  • Hadrian
    Dec 20, 2018
    I have little else to add that hasn't already been said elsewhere, except that I'm amazed this could happen. I marvel at how Holmes and the rest could bullshit so many people, including those in positions of power, for so long. ...
  • 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...
  • Holly
    Jan 31, 2019
    A Sanford dropout with no extensive engineering or medical or science or business knowledge 'created' an idea for a product and company that required all of those things. It not only ultimately failed but also put untold numbers of people at risk and harm? You don't say. One thing, for...
  • Michelle
    Sep 26, 2018
    ?Bad Blood? details the fascinating journey of a brilliant, soulless, young entrepreneur in pursuit of riches and fame. The story has heroes and villains, twisting and turning subplots, political intrigue and -even while we know the eventual outcome- plenty of surprises. It has all...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Lola
    Dec 06, 2018
    A company that set out to save lives? only to put those same lives in danger with its malfunctioning technology. What a scary and fascinating story. It?s hard to believe that Theranos really happened because you think that nowadays it?s easy to spot liars and lying technologie...
  • BlackOxford
    Dec 14, 2018
    The True Cost of Idealism I have been guilty of the grave fault of idealism in much of my professional life. Consequently I cringe when I read of the young Elizabeth Holmes and her idealistic trajectory from the thrilling emotionally-laden launch of Theranos, which promised a breakt...
  • 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...
  • Brandice
    Jan 03, 2019
    Fascinating! Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup is a detailed account of the (perceived) rise and demise of Theranos, a blood testing startup once valued at nearly $9B. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and barely wanted to put it down. It was baffling to read about t...
  • Rebecca McNutt
    Dec 26, 2018
    Oh, Silicon Valley, the place of realized dreams and sometimes of unexpected nightmares. Bad Blood immediately drew me into buying a copy right when I read "a riveting story of the biggest corporate fraud since Enron" (I like to read about Enron as well as the less sunny side of mod...
  • 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...
  • Hannah
    Dec 12, 2018
    Mesmerising. Unbelievable. Compulsively readable. I cannot recommend this highly enough. I sped through this audiobook in a few days because I just could not stop listening to it. There were so many unbelievable things in this true account of the Theranos scam that my mouth dropped...
  • 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 (celsius) a day as does my workplace, too. (Finland, as well as ma...
  • 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...
  • Bill Gates
    Dec 03, 2018
    I don?t read a lot of page turners. I often find myself unable to put a book down?but they?re not the kinds of books that would keep most people glued to their chairs. Still, I recently found myself reading a book so compelling that I couldn?t turn away. Bad Blood: Secrets a...