November Book Club: Bad Blood by John Carreyrou

Date: Sunday, November 11, 2018

Time: 4:00 PM 

Location: Home of Jennifer Koller '87

Discussion Leader: Rachel Kronenberger '12

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Synopsis:

The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, the multibillion-dollar biotech startup, by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end, despite pressure from its charismatic CEO and threats by her lawyers. 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

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Upcoming Book Club Meetings: December 16, The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict. 

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RSVP to Missy Moore '60 at missymoore@comcast.net