Monday, September 23, 2019

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup By: John Carreyrou

This book was recommended to me by a friend.  The book covers a "Bio-Tech" company that was akin to vaporware in the Software world.  Elizabeth Holmes, a young Standford dropout started a medical testing company. The plan was to create a blood testing device that would allow you to run a battery of test with a minimal amount of blood; from prick of a finger.

Holmes was a well connected, ambitious, young woman and sociopath with a "single white female" like love for the late Steve Jobs; to the point that she wore his signature black turtleneck.  The book covers the lies and mistrust with her own people. Sadly, I have worked for companies like this before.  I have had to leave, even at a loss to myself. 

Holmes seemed the little sister of the silicone valley tycoons and former political personas.  She was able to hoodwink these people into believing in her vaporware test.  She was able to secure funding for the company, Theranos and built her net worth in the billions.  I recommend this book for anyone looking to start a business and use it as a reference on how NOT to do it.

Here is a YouTube video

Another video, more in-depth

Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Knopf; 1 edition (May 21, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 152473165X
ISBN-13: 978-1524731656

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