John Carreyou, a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, describes in Bad Blood the rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes, the founder and CEO of Theranos. After dropping out of Stanford, she convinced a number of bright, wealthy, influential men to invest millions of dollars in her company. She professed that Theranos would be able to run all sorts of laboratory tests on a patient with just a finger prick of blood. However, what Holmes told her investors and the world, was far from true.
I saw the miniseries The Dropout and became fascinated yet appalled by Holmes. How did she think she could get away with all the lies she told? Did she believe her lies? How could she feel no remorse about what she was doing to her investors and the patients who believed the erroneous test results Theranos gave them? While Bad Blood didn’t give me a clear understanding of Elizabeth Holmes’s psychological make up, it is an intriguing story illustrating how fame, wealth and greed can go haywire.