bad blood secrets and lies in a silicon valley startup, John Carreyrou

isbn: 9781509860087 deals with Theranos and Elizabeth Holmes who faked an entire medical technology a little like enron (my blog) which sold things into debt that did not exist.  Unlike having things to sell to start with Theranos had pretend fairy dust and thugs in it  being Matt Bissel and the legal profession keeping the illusion of success.

Comrade Holmes is the main villain here  being that she was there for that fake test and then did not trust most of her employees or board with large staff turnover and compromising dossiers on ex employees courtesy  of  Bissel

Holmes is from a family of billionaires and know the right people but is a an idiot trying to make lab equipment look like an iphone.  Even Gattaca (my blog) could not do that.

my dna is better than yours

Holmes is also trying to look like dead Steve Jobs  in the picture so looking the part means more than talent in either it or medical testing fields.

Billionaire friends dont help either, and when phd’s cannot figure out how to test inside something that does not work and looks like an apple product your screwed.

The author labours these points and its a boring read.  Plodding along.   He has no aptitude for science which means the msm is useless for ‘outing’ scammers* like Holmes.

There’s death, legal thuggery  from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP, and an appearance from Rupert Murdoch (my blog) in order to suppress this $1 billion south sea bubble.

The witch eventually sank in the pond and Holmes reminds of the dodgy patent crooks (my blog) in east texas who would rule that anybody who has stapled a piece of paper together means the patent holder for the process (not the machine)  owes them a billion dollars per staple.

The creditors have number of words that are expiring in value as assets.  While thinking big is great it feels as if Holmes knew all the wrong people including Larry Ellison of oracle fame  (my blog) and that is where it went downhill fast.

Holmes mistake was probably defrauding other billionaires of money rather  than freedom of the press.

3/5 bananas some how i think the author here would have been more than happy to bury this rather than make news.

Medical testing is once again boring and however might be a warning about how silicon valley operates.

*while a man might be called a crook,Holmes in the media was misguided certainly not a crook.

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