Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

by John Carreyrou


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In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the next Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup “unicorn” promised to revolutionize the medical industry with its breakthrough device, which performed the whole range of laboratory tests from a single drop of blood. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes’s worth at an estimated $4.5 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn’t work. Erroneous results put patients in danger, leading to misdiagnoses and unnecessary treatments. All the while, Holmes and her partner, Sunny Balwani, worked to silence anyone who voiced misgivings—from journalists to their own employees.

Rigorously reported and fearlessly written, Bad Blood is a gripping story of the biggest corporate fraud since Enron—a tale of ambition and hubris set amid the bold promises of Silicon Valley.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525431992
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/28/2020
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 11,067
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

John Carreyrou, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, was a reporter at The Wall Street Journal for twenty years. For his extensive coverage of Theranos, Carreyrou was awarded the George Polk Award for Financial Reporting, the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism in the category of beat reporting, and the Barlett & Steele Silver Award for Investigative Business Journalism. Bad Blood was named the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year. Carreyrou lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and three children.

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Table of Contents

Author's Note ix

Prologue 3

1 A Purposeful Life 9

2 The Gluebot 18

3 Apple Envy 30

4 Goodbye East Paly 41

B The Childhood Neighbor 54

6 Sunny 67

7 Dr. J 81

8 The miniLab 95

9 The Wellness Play 109

10 "Who Is LTC Shoemaker?" 120

11 Lighting a Fuisz 132

12 Ian Gibbons 141

13 Chiat\Day 150

14 Going Live 161

15 Unicorn 174

16 The Grandson 184

17 Fame 201

18 The Hippocratic Oath 213

19 The Tip 223

20 The Ambush 240

21 Trade Secrets 250

22 La Mattanza 259

23 Damage Control 268

24 The Empress Has No Clothes 281

Epilogue 294

Afterword to the Vintage Books Edition 300

Acknowledgments 303

Notes 307

Index 327

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