After More Than a Decade of Scamming Silicon Valley, Elizabeth Holmes Has the Internet Shook

After More Than a Decade of Scamming Silicon Valley, Elizabeth Holmes Has the Internet Shook

Billy McFarland, you’ve been de-fraud-throned. On Monday night, The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley aired on HBO, showing the sociopathic tendencies of former founder Elizabeth Holmes, her failed blood-testing startup Theranos, and its shocking impact on the tech industry. We have to admit, Holmes’s ideas were definitely there. If the technology was there as well, Theranos could’ve revolutionized blood testing as we know it, buuuuut instead, a company that at one point was valued at $9 billion with 800 employees, failed to deliver on any of its promises, and attempted to defraud all of its very powerful investors.

For those who read Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by Wall Street Journal reporter John Carreyrou or listened to the podcast The Dropout, the recently released HBO documentary provides a scarily vivid look at Holmes — the so-called “brilliant” Stanford dropout who was once compared to Steve Jobs and Thomas Edison (by herself and by others). Witnessing the deliberate lowering of her voice, the way powerful investors like Henry Kissinger and George Shultz raved about her, and how far she was willing to go to keep up this act was jarring.

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