Bad Blood by John Carreyrou

Bad Blood

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 ...

Details Bad Blood

TitleBad Blood
Release DateMay 21st, 2018
PublisherKnopf Publishing Group
GenreNonfiction, Business, Crime, True Crime, Science, Mystery, Technology

Reviews Bad Blood

  • Roxane
    Fascinating accounting of the Theranos scam and I do mean SCAM. Exhaustively reported. I do wish there had been more analysis of how a scam of this magnitude was made possible and enabled. This girl dropped out of college and convinced Henry Kissinger, George Schulz, Rupert Murdoch and a bunch of other famous and/or incredibly talented people to give her money or work with her even though there was no there, there. WHAT? There are so many incredi...
  • Michael Perkins
    "The resignations infuriated Elizabeth and Sunny. The following day, they summoned the staff for an all-hands meeting in the cafeteria. Copies of The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho had been placed on every chair. Elizabeth told the gathered employees that she was building a religion. If there was anyone not prepared to show complete devotion and unmitigated loyalty to the company they should “get the fuck out.”The Steve Jobs SyndromeI have covered...
  • HFK
    While reading Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup, my blood was boiling. Partly because I have enormous dislike towards Elizabeth Holmes, but also because our house has been doing 35 to 40 degrees a day as does my workplace, too.(Finland, as well as many other European countries, is not designed for a hot weather, but instead our buildings and ventilation is made to keep warmth in. This includes private housing but also public...
  • Meredith B. (readingwithmere)
    4.5 Stars Elizabeth told the gathered employees that she was building a religion. If there were any among them who didn’t believe, they should leave. Wow! What a powerful story. I'm a fan of financial stories and I personally work in the tech industry so when I heard about this book I knew I had to read it. If you like shows like Shark Tank, I think you will find this story interesting.Elizabeth Holmes is 19 and an incredibly smart girl. She de...
  • Andrew Garvin
    Early in my career I worked at a next-generation sequencing startup with Theranos-level ambitions. In fact, it went further. The founders’ mission was to cure aging. Literally, the goal was immortality.There were other similarities: The company was founded by wunderkinds, they won the attention and support of a prominent professor in the field, they dropped out and raised millions of dollars from non-hard tech investors off the back of a concep...
  • Lex Kent
    I don’t read a lot of nonfiction books. I love the imagination of fiction. When I heard about this book from a television show, it sounded unbelievable. The fact that this was a true story that seemed stranger than fiction, I had to give it a read. I’m really glad I did because this was really good. This story is about the youngest woman, to become a self-made billionaire, and the giant fraud she committed on Silicon Valley. Elizabeth Holmes,...
  • Gwern
    Bad Blood is a straightforward read about the rise and fall of Theranos, done in chronological order in third-person up until Carreyrou becomes personally involved, at which point things accelerate to the SEC civil settlement. Carreyrou doesn't end too strongly but says that the criminal investigation may well end up charging Holmes & Sunny. This means that it lacks a really conclusive 'ending': Theranos was continuing to limp on, having received...
  • Rincey
    HOLY COW. I followed the Elizabeth Holmes/Theranos story slightly but this book does such a fantastic job of showing how completely banana pants this situation was. This was also great on audio, and so addictive that I started making up chores I could do just so I could keep listening.Watch me discuss this book in my July wrap up:
  • TC
    Just when I thought all reporters ever did anymore was see what was trending on social media and write stories with titles like "You'll cheer how this mom clapped-back at her body-shamers on Twitter," this book gives me hope that old-fashioned investigative journalism is alive and well and doing exactly what it's supposed to: shine an unflinching hot light on those who abuse their power and privilege. Here, it's aimed at the bizarre cult of Eliza...
  • Tatiana
    What an audacious fraud! Elizabeth Holmes must be the Queen of self-hype to get so many powerful (and allegedly smart) men to support this scheme (Jim Mattis! Henry Kissinger!). I would enjoy seeing both her and Sunny Balwani in jail, for what they'd done not only to their customers, but their employees.Although I am not a fan of Wall Street Journal and the baloney they peddle in their opinion pieces, I was impressed by how their investigative de...
  • Sherri
    Should be mandatory B-School readingI read this book in one day. I had read some articles and/or saw TV shows on Theranos and Elizabeth Holmes, but my knowledge was pretty general. Once I started the book, I could not put it down. I canceled lunch with a friend so I could continue reading. I ordered pizza for the family so I could continue reading. The story is interesting and shocking. It is a story that every Board should read because ultimatel...
  • Ilona
    Tips on how to make an unicorn:- Be a sociopath- Excel at sales&marketing- Get some cool people on your BoardTips to how to fake it till you make it?- Hire a lot of lawyers- Intimidate all your employees- Pretend that you are a vocal proponent of a cause that you are actually againstHow to make it as a woman in the tech world?- Baritone- Intese staringWhat can fuck up your amazing future as a tech billionaire?- Facts and data :( I love any story ...
  • Radiantflux
    58th book for 2018.John Carreyrou the unicorn killer!Shortly before Carreyrou's expose appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Theranos, a Silicon Valley biotech startup, had a valuation of 10 billion dollars, within a few months it's net worth was close to zero. All hail the power of investigative journalism!It took me about a third of the book (100 pages) to really get into the Theranos story, but once hooked, I couldn't put the book down and read...
  • Mara
    Simultaneously riveting and immensely frustrating in the way that I imagine watching a trainwreck in slow-motion might be, major props go to John Carreyrou for seeing through and doggedly pursuing a story that undoubtedly could have ended with a fallout far beyond the scope of SV royalty.This isn't even a review so much as a reminder that this, yes, this (below) is the face of a willing destroyer of worlds…
  • Sirius Scientist
    “Grow fast, lose money, go public, get rich. That’s the model.” -- Dan LyonsUnicorns are rampant in the Boston area, and a slide my previous employer liked to show touted that any given time there were just under 1000 biotech or pharmaceutical based companies in the greater Boston/Cambridge area--a roughly 6 mile radius. While this book is set in Silicon Valley, it isn't the first account I've read about rampantly abusive corporate culture,...
  • Andy
    Wow. Usually when things sound too good to be true, it's because they are. The Theranos device never made sense to me from the news reports. But the college dropout with the fancy connections managed to fool all kinds of famous and important people for years and years, and get about $1 billion in investments, publicity, etc. It's hard to say what's more breathtaking --her evil or their stupidity. And what does that mean about the leaders of gover...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    I put this book on hold before I heard all the buzz, because I had read a piece or two on Elizabeth Holmes and they never got into the actual science involved and I was very curious about how much of a swindle Theranos actually was and how the science played into it. What I was not expecting, even after seeing raves for this book, was that I would read it in just a few hours in a frenzy and not be able to stop. I could not bring this book to the ...
  • Mehrsa
    How overly dramatic and sensationalist. Was Holmes a total fraud? Yup. But did she masterfully dupe everyone with her lies and cunning? I'm not so convinced. All those early investors and her workers and partners had dollar signs in their eyes too. And silicon valley is a place where the business model is to just fake it til you become a unicorn and then deliver your product. Or don't. I mean, if John Carreyrou had done this sort of deep investig...
  • Maureen
    Eagerly awaiting for this book for well over a year, I ordered immediately on the release date. I have been actively following the Theranos scandal for some time but this book exceeded every expectation I had. The story is shocking and maddening in its own right but Carreyrou’s excellent writing and superb journalism makes this a truly engrossing read. When forced to put this book down, I have been unable to keep myself from sharing details wit...
  • Sharon Barrow Wilfong
    This book is non fiction but it reads like one of the fastest, action-packed thrillers you will ever read. I read it out loud to my husband and we forced ourselves to only read two chapters a night to make it last, until the end where we could not stop ourselves and read the final four chapters and epilogue in on evening.Elizabeth Holmes was a wonder child. Coming from a rich family, she made the most of her privileges and connections by dropping...
  • Tomas Bella
    Fantastický skutočný inšpiratívny príbeh o tom, že keď ste brilantný mladý talentovaný 19-ročný podnikateľ, ktorý sa odhodlá vyriešiť problém považovaný ostatnými za nevyriešiteľný, tak dokážete vyzbierať od investorov 700 miliónov dolárov (!!!), dostať podporu od ľudí s menami ako Kissinger alebo Obama alebo Murdoch, všetkých 12 rokov (!!!) klamať, že máte nejaký produkt a riešenie, keď nemáte vôbec ni...
  • Veronica Moss
    Scandalous! A fast and addictive read about how a sociopathic college drop out who thought she was Steve Jobs charmed a bunch of old rich men into making her a billionaire. She’s a complete piece of 💩. Utterly amazing that this went down in our backyard of Silicon Valley. Can’t wait for J-Law to play her in the book-to-film adaptation!
  • David
    I love these kinds of books, which are actually more scary than books about global warming or war or other existential threats, because they point out a singularly terrifying fact: the people at the top, the powers and plenipotentiaries of the world, the masters of the universe who run countries and banking systems and the entire industrial infrastructure.... don't know what the fuck they're doing. There are no adults in charge. They're all just ...
  • Jen
    I was skeptical when I first heard about this story getting adapted into a film starring Jennifer Lawrence - is there enough material to justify a Hollywood production? And then I read the book - holy shit. The movie is going to be great. The degree of lies and manipulation by Theranos leaders is truly insane. It amounted up to $9 billion valuation, and it turns out - almost entirely built on smoke and mirrors. Because the story is so crazy, it...
  • Charles
    While pretty much everyone in this book who is rich and powerful comes off looking bad, it is less a tale of typical fraud, like a Ponzi scheme, and more a tale of human foibles. These were expertly played on by Elizabeth Holmes, a very young woman of little productive talent and no particular evident intelligence, but with a natural gift for sales and embodying the icy manipulative abilities of the sociopath. Fascinating stuff, all of it, and wo...
  • Philipp
    How good is this? So good I read it in two nights, each night until 4am. You think it can't get worse, but then the story turns around and turns more weird and dodgy!If you're following biotechnology then you'll have heard of Theranos, a fancy startup with tons of funding and a ridiculously star-studded board of directors (Henry Kissinger??), run by the very young and rich Elizabeth Holmes. Theranos promised the world (almost all blood tests with...
  • Leo Robertson
    Knew this would be intriguing, but my God I couldn't put it down! What a car crash!Knew also that Elizabeth Holmes messed up—didn't realise she was a delusional, letigious tyrant. Bizarre. Fascinating also to consider that she dropped out of college at 19 to become the next Steve Jobs but would've done greater good for humanity if she'd sat on a couch for the last 15 years.People saying this is an excellent management book—perhaps it is—jus...
  • Amar Pai
    A real page turner. Elizabeth Holmes and Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani are such villains! She is a psychopath and he is a moronic asshole who enables and eggs her on. I felt bad for all the employees at Theranos who got roped into this madness. Craziest part is Sunny and Elizabeth are both free as of this writing. They should be in jail!
  • Jackaline Rutter
    I’d give this 3.5 stars. Great book and amazing what Elizabeth got away with! Scary in that sense. There were a lot of people in this one so at times I found it a little tough to keep them all straight.