Bad Blood: The Final Chapter
She was once the world's youngest self-made female billionaire. Now Elizabeth Holmes, founder of the blood-testing startup Theranos, stands accused of leading a massive fraud, and lying to investors, doctors, and patients about the capabilities of her technology. If convicted, she faces up to 20 years in prison. But Elizabeth may be able to sway a jury with her charisma, highly unusual defense strategy and the fact that key evidence has gone missing. John Carreyrou broke the Theranos scandal. Now he’ll take you into the courtroom as he examines Silicon Valley’s fake it-til-you-make it culture, and the case against Holmes.
Elizabeth Holmes is the latest in a long line of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs who've hyped and overpromised — sometimes to the point of outright lying. It's that culture, as much as Holmes herself, that's on trial. [more inside]
A note Elizabeth Holmes wrote to herself one night in late October 2014 suggests she knew she was committing fraud. [more inside]
Elizabeth Holmes is likely to allege at trial that former Theranos President Sunny Balwani was an abusive boyfriend who held her in his thrall and deprived her of her free will. But text messages between the former lovers don't back up that narrative.
Elizabeth Holmes, founder of Theranos, is headed to trial for allegedly defrauding investors and patients by misrepresenting the capabilities and accuracy of her blood-testing technology. Winning the jury's sympathy is her best option to get acquitted. There are several ways she can do that. [more inside]