In this true story, Elizabeth Holmes fancied herself the next Steve Jobs…and she had the drive and personality to make many others feel the same. This is based on a true story (I know that I’ve said this already, but if you read the book you’ll understand) yet it reads like a bizzaro world novel about Silicon Valley and the way that community “works”. The subtitle of the book should tell you enough “Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup”. The hook for you to read is that Holmes’ company was at one point valued as $10 billion.
“a bit over the top, but she seemed sincere and Mosley knew that evangelizing was what successful startup founders did in Silicon Valley. You didn’t change the world by being cynical. What was odd, though, was that the handful of colleagues who’d accompanied Elizabeth on the trip didn’t seem to share her enthusiasm. Some of them looked outright downcast.”
Written by John Carreyrou, who ultimately blew the top off of the story. This should scare the crap out of you in so many ways. If you don’t like to read, HBO will be airing their version on June 19…one week from today. I’d suggest that you read the book though.
“Aileen Lee wrote about the proliferation of startups valued at $1 billion or more. She called them “unicorns.” Despite their moniker, these tech unicorns were no myth: by Lee’s count, there were thirty-nine of them—a number that would soon soar past one hundred. Instead of rushing to the stock market like their dot-com predecessors had in the late 1990s, the unicorns were able to raise staggering amounts of money privately and thus avoid the close scrutiny that came with going public.”