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ciarannolan · 2020-06-03 · Original thread
>I would argue that their actions contributed to the suicide of Ian Gibbons [...]

Anyone who has read Bad Blood [1] should have no doubt about this fact. They destroyed this man and lead him to suicide in order to try to save their house of cards.


cdr6934 · 2019-12-30 · Original thread
Here are my favorites for the decade:

Never Split the Difference -

Bad Blood -

The Alchemist -

The Hard Thing About Hard Things -

bsvalley · 2018-11-17 · Original thread
The best book hands down in 2018 is "Bad Blood". Especially if you're into tech and entrepreneurship. It highlights exactly how crazy the system is in Silicon Valley. and how VC's eat their own dog food. This is something that people like Chamath Palihapitiya and Alexis Ohanian are currently trying to finger point. Silicon Valley is broken and this book is the perfect illustration of the reasons why.

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dralley · 2018-06-18 · Original thread

One chapter talks about Mattis, including various emails that were sent. He comes across as genuinely wanting to do the best thing for his men and hoping that Theranos could save lives in the field. There never were any field tests, because Mattis listened to his underlings when they said it would need to get FDA approval first. They then offered to let Theranos test random blood samples to validate the results but Theranos never took them up on that offer.

pchristensen · 2018-06-15 · Original thread
For anyone interested in the Theranos story, the reporter that wrote this article (John Carreyrou) is the same one whose investigation brought down Theranos. He wrote a book called "Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup" ( He was also recently on the podcast This Week in Startups to discuss Theranos: or ).

Basically, Elizabeth Holmes wanted to be a billionaire and restore her family's fortune. She started a medical tech company but didn't include any scientists or doctors on her board. Demos and employment were tightly controlled by NDA, and structured so as few people as possible knew about the scam. Somewhere between 1-8M (10-100%) of blood tests Theranos performed on hacked machines from other companies are suspect or outright wrong. Her company rode the "unicorn" wave at just the right time to get lots of funding and publicity, even though it has been operating since 2006.

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