Excellent book. Can't believe what they got away with.
Excellent book. Can't believe what they got away with.
Interesting read, provides a thorough understanding of Theranos and downfall that came with it.
Wow. Just wow. I‘m not huge on Nonfiction but this is so bonkers wild from start to finish. The perfect storm of utter failure and ridiculous-ness it just... incredible.
I‘ve got to watch the documentary now.
#theranos #nonfiction #badblood #johncarreyrou
1. I‘m behind by 12 books LOL. Hit a serious slump in summer. But I‘m bouncing back- just got through two books in the past five days.
2. My first name was my mothers maiden name
3. I‘m not huge on music but I guess Alt Rock?
4. Uhhh April‘s my birthday? Other than that May is when I started at my current job. Don‘t really celibrate much.
What a wild story! This is a nonfiction account of the rise & fall of Theranos and it‘s going CEO Elizabeth Holmes. From their false claims of successful blood testing with a single finger prick, to her faked deep voice, to the insane working conditions, constant employee turnover, threats, and lawsuits, it‘s almost unbelievable that this company was able to swindle investors out of billions of dollars. It‘s well written and fascinating.
Afternoon, some unsweetened iced tea, and the poor woman‘s Theranos documentary. (The ABC 20/20 one instead of the HBO subscription one.)
I enjoyed Bad Blood, and I‘m not sure there‘s going to be any new ground broken on TV, but I just want to relax. 😊
A fun and flabbergasting tale of a tech startup that managed to swindle a lot of powerful people. #capitalism strikes again.
This was my #bookclub‘s latest read and I‘m looking forward to our discussion. I‘ll probably end up listening to the podcast to refresh myself before our meeting which is still several weeks away.
Wish this had included a timeline and an org chart or something to keep it all straight.
August was all about getting through as many Booker Longlisters as I could manage and I surprised myself by how enjoyable this has been. I liked them all with the possible exception of the Obioma, however my top read for the month was the tagged book which reminds me I need non-fiction occasionally:)
September it is going to be all about the Atwood and playing catch-up on #Readharder2019
I was predisposed to enjoy this one and it was everything I had hoped for. I knew this story from listening to a podcast called “The Dropout”. However to read the story told in all its excruciating detail from the WSJ investigative reporter John Carreyrou was still riveting. Just walk away Walgreens ! I cannot wait for the film version.
At first, I was a little put off by the author (male) and every interviewee (mostly male) about their perspective of Elizabeth Holmes and the events surrounding Theranos in Bad Blood. However, it became pretty clear that she was the problem. There might've been some biases and sexism, but that had nothing to do with her decisions and deceit. ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5
Listened to this on audiobook today while I tidied and gardened. Really need to stop putting on interesting ones while doing stuff that can set off my nerve pain - I‘m suffering for it now. 😂 #newtsreadathon2019
Ooooh, she is messy! I finished listening to this book while blanching and peeling peaches to freeze today. I found myself talking to myself in my car about how much trouble this lady is gonna be in all week. Some of the science kind of bogged me down but the author really explains things very well. Its a crazy story and a great book.
A fascinating expose of a Silicon Valley fraud that went on for over a decade. I was equal parts incredulous and in disbelief that so many people, many of them powerful and world-famous, were duped by Elizabeth Holmes and her company, Theranos for so long. Highly recommend.
This engaged me and kept me awake during a nasty virus that had me off work and I‘m very grateful for that! It was exactly what I needed - exciting enough to be easy but meaty enough that I felt I was doing something with my time. I knew a bit about this before (quite late to the party reading it) but this story is WILD. Loses a few points for the writing style not being totally me (too journalistic for a long book?) but absolutely a great book
I‘m about halfway through the audiobook- it just gets more and more unbelievable! 😳😳😳
Good morning all. I‘m still sick and looking likely to spend the whole weekend in my house shuffling between reading and Netflix. It‘s really annoying cause I was meant to be spending this time cleaning mostly so I‘m lazing about sick surrounded by dust and needing to change my sheets. Ugh.
At least there‘s plenty of food in the freezer and I‘m not in danger of running out of books. Here‘s to me being better by Monday 🤞
I finished this about a week ago but apparently forgot to post about it- oops!
In any case, I LOVED this book! I hadn‘t heard of Elizabeth Holmes or Theranos before this book was chosen for my book club‘s next pick. I devoured this book quickly and can‘t wait to watch the HBO documentary next! The author did a fantastic job of outlining the facts while making the science accessible to everyone. Highly recommended read.
This is one compelling read about the spectacular rise & shocking fall of Theranos, a $9b health tech co. I felt so indignant reading the deception by Holmes & Balwani! There are so much more backstory in this book which was well-written by Carreyrou. A must read!
For my full review please visit https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2911254926
A little late in putting this together but it was a crazy week & month really. Still, with the #24by48 #readathon pushing me along with my library‘s summer reading program, I read or listened to 16 books in July. The tagged was my favorite. I had 3 non-fiction, 13 fiction, 2 audiobooks, 13 female authors & 3 males, & about 1/2 of East of Eden for the #EoE #buddyread. I‘d say it was an excellent reading month for me. 🎉📚🎉
I know I am one of many saying the same thing but what is this fuckery? 🤯😤 I keep looking at the time stamp like, how can there be more? Why are there still so many hours? WHAT ELSE CAN HAPPEN???
The most telling thing for me is that when young Elizabeth is asked what she wants to be when she grows up she says a Billionaire. Despite what I‘ve seen in interview clips, it was never about helping or saving people. It was about accumulating power.
I feel soooo indignant reading this book! Elizabeth Holmes ruined many many lives! Those who've read this or is currently reading it, what are your thoughts???
“It was as if Boeing built one plane and, without doing a single flight test, told airline passengers, ‘Hop aboard.‘”
Urgh, I had a whole review typed out for this but then lost it!
TL;DR version: this was a fascinating listen, and I‘m glad I did it on audiobook, as it felt like listening to an extra long podcast season. It still seems so unbelievable how dishonest and vindictive Holmes and Sunny were, and that neither of them are really experiencing adequate punishment for their fraud. Stray thoughts below 👇🏼
WHAT A RIDE. The story of the Theranos scam is compulsively readable, absolutely unbelievable, but somehow true. Carreyrou reports this story meticulously, without losing his readers' attention to the detail. I still can't really believe that Holmes managed to convince so many powerful and respected people to invest and work in a business in pursuit of a product that fundamentally couldn't do what it proclaimed to. Such is the power of privilege.
I recently watched HBO‘s documentary—The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley, and wanted to learn more about Elizabeth Holmes and what happened at Theranos. I highly recommend the documentary. I‘ll share my thoughts on the book and how it compares to the documentary in the next week.
So late to this party but excited to be here for #readharder2019 a book of non-violent true crime
Still about Bad Blood 😅 I realized that the book focused mainly on how bad Holmes and Theranos management was (yeah, we get it - they were horrible!). It would be nicer if the book focused more on Carreyrou‘s investigation process, just like the story about how Boston Globe‘s Spotlight team uncovered child sex abuse cases by Roman Catholic priests. That‘d be nice!
4⭐️ Despite the excellent writing, I read this book with severe agitation. How she had the audacity to lie and cover up while risking other people‘s lives is unthinkable 🤯 She is a great sales person I believe she could have been as successful as she wished to be if she could just accept her limitations and tweak it from there. Being humble never hurts
I started listening to this on Saturday while on a two hour drive. Really enjoying so far - going to keep listening while doing errands today.
Crazy! What a bunch of psychos. You always think (I always think) that big companies have their stuff together and their ethics steady; evidently that is not always so. I do hope the technology they seek to create does exist one day, but it needs to be done sensibly. Well done to the whistle-blowers and the brave journalists who have reported about it.
My goodness, I‘m so irritated by this Theranos business. Grrrrr.... Elizabeth Holmes is Cathy Ames in real life!!! And Sunny and Fuisz... omg, this book is full of devilish characters, who are real people!!! 😱 I‘m halfway through, and that‘s my face expression 👆🏻while I‘m reading this 😤
Starting this Theranos drama. My husband just finished it a few days ago. His verdict: “Good writing, I bet you could just devour it in a day; but I wish it was about something positive instead.” Well, we shall see....
Stayed up late to finish & get it back to the library. Excellent non-fiction that reads like a novel. I caught the news specials & HBO documentary before going in but this book adds the details & cements my amazement of how this woman duped so many rich & powerful people with so few checking the science behind her claims. She & her lover/co-conspirator go to trial next summer & the HR professional in me now wants the Theranos HR head there too! 😤
A superb work of investigative journalism on how a crafty extremely privileged white blonde girl/psychopath scammed and handled some of the world most powerful policy and business elite (mostly a punch of old white men thinking with their dicks) and the dreadful ramifications on the health and welfare of millions if it wasn‘t for the bravery and commitment of a whistleblower and a journalist.
#nonfiction #favourites #bookly
If you‘ll excuse me, I‘ll now be binging on the HBO documentary and the ABC podcast.
What a scary book! It‘s amazing how one woman can fool so many supposedly intelligent high-powered people, and more worryingly, fool the federal authorities too.
It‘s a really well written book that‘s difficult to put down - highly recommended!
(I notice that a trial date for Elizabeth and Sunny was set last week for August 2020)
I found this really fascinating. I picked it up as a companion to The Dropout podcast and enjoyed the more in depth version here. The sordid story of a massive fraud perpetuated by charisma, secrecy, harassment and threats - not only an expose on the breakdown of regulation, but also an indictment of the tactics used by prominent lawyers to "aggressively defend" clients perpetuating fraud by having whistleblowers followed and intimidated.
This is the story of how usually smart men with too much money for conned out of a ton of it. And a bit about the woman who conned them. And sadly not enough about the people who actually got hurt as a result. Still- great book. It read much more cleanly than most nonfiction (a lot less dithering) and I really enjoyed reading it. Recommend.
Crazy town from start to finish. I find white collar pretty boring, but Carreyrou writes a fascinating story of deception and manipulation that I couldn‘t look away from. A great companion to the podcast “The Dropout.” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Book 12/30 for #bfcr2
After listening to The Dropout podcast, I decided to give the book about entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes and her mess of a biotech start up a try. It is fascinating how much of a mess they managed to make through bad corporate culture and bullying to ruin what seems like a great underlying idea...
My July 4th celebration is reading & napping as much as I can, couch time in front of the fan in my pjs & ahi poke & Maui chips for lunch. Just starting this one, but I've heard great things.
Gripping account of the unseen world behind Silicon Valley. 10/10