Bad Blood

Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

Epub, 352 pages

English language

Published Jan. 5, 2018 by Alfred A. Knopf.

OCLC Number:
1090936522

View on OpenLibrary

4 stars (15 reviews)

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 testing 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 more than $9 billion, putting Holmes’s worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn’t work.

A riveting story of the biggest corporate fraud since Enron, a tale of ambition and hubris set amid the bold promises of Silicon Valley. source: www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/549478/bad-blood-by-john-carreyrou/

5 editions

Review of 'Bad Blood' on 'OpenLibrary'

4 stars

No drama. Fast writing. A good, to the point & specifics, though one sided as is only possible, account of the Theranos journey. Clearly a non-engineer's perspective which can't be blamed. No account of how Quest or LabCorp saw the rise & fall of Theranos

A gripping tale of the apparent fairy tale-like rise of a person who is eventually shown to be a fraud.

4 stars

A fascinating book that starts slow, introducing the reader to the host of people involved with Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos as they attempt to get their blood testing machines out into the market, but rapidly becomes a gripping tale as the behind-the-scenes shenanigans eventually cause people to have second thoughts and push for investigations into the company, eventually exposing its technology to be a fraud, but not before causing pain and anguish to people who might have been misled by the false results returned by the Theranos machines.

The story starts with Elizabeth Holmes's childhood ambition to 'change the world' that morphs into a desire to be a billionaire. While working in Singapore, getting blood samples during the SARS epidemic, Holmes would get the 'there must be a better way' urge to show that a whole host of blood tests could be done with small quantities of blood.

After various …

Review of 'Bad Blood' on 'GoodReads'

4 stars

I remember hearing about Elizabeth Holmes when I was in my late teens, at that impressionable age when you get hyper-inspired by reading about icons that are going to change the world. There was a profile of her in Wired, with an eye-catching image of her wearing a turtleneck black sweater holding what looked like a test-tube with a tiny amount of blood with a science-y background. I remember it had made quite a distinct impression on my mind, no doubt helped by the fact that the profile had described her as "this Stanford dropout 20-something who was hailed as being a younger version of Einstein, was going to change the world".



Undoubtedly, as so often happens, I forgot about people who were gonna change the world as I grew up. Then I heard about this book last year, which was getting enormously praised for its exposé of a Silicon …

avatar for Edward

rated it

5 stars
avatar for jonathan.brodsky

rated it

3 stars
avatar for prakash

rated it

5 stars
avatar for aolfreetrial

rated it

5 stars
avatar for melondrama

rated it

5 stars
avatar for Toddbert

rated it

5 stars
avatar for deniedbydaniela

rated it

4 stars
avatar for cyclicircuit

rated it

5 stars
avatar for Tomat0

rated it

2 stars