#166: Theranos: When Blood Testing Goes Bad

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It was a revolutionary idea: being able to conduct fast, cheap, and effective blood tests with only a tiny drop of blood.

But it turned out that the company behind it was one, huge fraud.

This is the fascinating story of how a Stanford dropout went from the youngest self-made female billionaire in history to facing 20 years in prison.

  • Background of Elizabeth Holmes
  • Problem with blood testing
  • Dropping out of Stanford
  • Telling a fantastic story
  • The atmosphere inside Theranos
  • Was there any technology really being developed?
  • Attracting influential investors and board members
  • Too much pressure for scientists within the company
  • The public launch of Theranos
  • Becoming the youngest self-made female billionaire in history
  • Idolising Steve Jobs
  • The arrival of John Carreyrou
  • Things starting to unravel for Theranos
  • Dropping to zero
  • Elizabeth Holmes today
  • Reflecting on what went wrong

Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/theranos

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