Bad Blood

Bad Blood

Secrets and Lies in A Silicon Valley Startup

Audiobook CD - 2018
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In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup "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's 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 the author, working at The Wall Street Journal, got a tip from a former Theranos employee and started asking questions, both the author and the newspaper were threatened with lawsuits. Undaunted, the paper 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. The biggest corporate fraud since Enron is a cautionary tale set amid the bold promises and gold-rush frenzy of Silicon Valley.--adapted from publisher's description.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Random House Audio,, [2018]
Edition: Unabridged
Copyright Date: ℗©2018
ISBN: 9780593105061
0593105060
Characteristics: 9 audio discs (11 1/2 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
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audio file,CD audio,rda
Additional Contributors: Damron, Will

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CCPL_Aggie Apr 25, 2020

For anyone who watched the HBO documentary The Inventor, also available at CCPL, this book is the inside story of Silicon Valley wundekind Elizabeth Holmes, whose startup Theranos promised revolutionary techniques in diagnosing and treating disease. The resulting story is a tale of corporate deceit and unbridled ambition like no other. Highly recommended!

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mconnor624
Sep 23, 2019

I probably should have been appalled at this book, but instead I was fascinated and entertained. The frauds and lies mostly took place among very wealthy and privileged people, so it was hard to empathize with anyone except the people who ended up with inaccurate blood tests. Or employees that were terrorized while employed at the company and/or hounded after they left. The rest is mostly schadenfreude. Also, it's nice that federal regulators played a part in shutting the company down. Excellent!

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SAUCHA
May 27, 2019

I find this very difficult to simply put on hold BAD BLOOD:SECRETS AND LIES...
ALL I GET IS THE OPTION TO GET AN AUDIO BOOK AND I DON'T WANT THAT.

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