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Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
John Carreyrou, The Wall Street Journal

Friday, January 31, 2020 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

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7:30 PM Program & Book Signing
Parish Episcopal School

Elizabeth Holmes was a 19-year-old Stanford drop-out in 2003 when she founded a Silicon Valley start-up with the goal of inventing a revolutionary device that would automate a full range of tests using only a few drops of blood. Millions in funding rolled in and ten years later, her company – Theranos – introduced its prototype minilabs into Walgreen’s stores. By 2015, Theranos was worth $10 billion and Holmes was touted everywhere as the new Steve Jobs. But then the FDA began to question Theranos’ testing and journalist John Carreyrou’s reporting for The Wall Street Journal revealed that the device that was supposed to perform 240 tests using only a few drops of blood did not work. Theranos was rigging test results. Whistleblowers stepped forward, the company folded, and Holmes is now facing trial in federal court for 11 counts of conspiracy and fraud. In “Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup,” Carreyrou tells the story of the fall from grace of a charismatic young woman who fooled the medical community, regulators, investors such as Rupert Murdoch, and her star-studded board of directors - including Bill Frist, George Shultz, Jim Mattis and Henry Kissinger. 

John Carreyrou worked for the Wall Street Journal from 1999-2019. He was a member of its investigative reporting team and a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, sharing in the 2003 Explanatory Reporting prize for a series of stories about corporate scandals and in the 2015 Investigative Prize for exposing Medicare fraud.  Carreyrou received his B.A. in political science and government from Duke University in 1994. 

Business Unusual Series

Location: Parish Episcopal School
(4101 Sigma Rd, Dallas, TX 75244)
Fees: $25 Members; $45 Non-Members
$25 Cooperating Organization + Book
*Books bundled into Ticket Price
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