Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
By John Carreyrou
Named one of the best books of 2018 by The New York Times Book Review, Time, Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, Bad Blood chronicles the relentless rise and subsequent demise of Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes. Widely considered the Steve Jobs of healthcare, Holmes, a Stanford dropout, founded Theranos in 2003, a company now infamous for its false claims at having devised a system for performing blood tests using only a small droplet extracted from a subject’s finger.
Holmes’ startup ‘unicorn’ – once a prize child of Silicone Valley, backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and the Walton Family – reached a valuation of nearly $10 billion, until it’s fearless leader’s Machiavellian instincts made it all come crashing down. This riveting, non-fiction tale – pegged as one of the biggest corporate frauds since Enron – has everything one looks for in a modern day thriller: elaborate scams, corporate intrigue, fame, lies, deceit, ruined relationships and the rapid demise of a seemingly untouchable protagonist.