I met the former Wall Street Journal reporter fresh from SFO, on his way to a speaking engagement at Dominican University at San Rafael. He said he’d been traveling to San Francisco about 10 times a year since he began reporting the story of Theranos, the blood-testing startup once worth $9 billion, in 2015. … [Read more...] about Who will write Theranos’ last chapter?
For all its boomtime feel, there are timeless aspects to Theranos’ story. Venality is age-old, but so is courage, and that of the ex-employees who blew the whistle on its deceptions is restorative — not least, Tyler Shultz, who staged failed interventions to break Holmes’ spell over his grandfather. When Holmes suspected him of leaking to Carreyrou, she harangued nonagenarian George, unleashed legal attack dogs and drove a wedge between grandfather and grandson. Erika Cheung ran a similar gauntlet of intimidation and surveillance in alerting federal regulators. And more than an honorable mention should go to Carreyrou, a dogged old-school reporter uncowed by Theranos’ legal hardball. … [Read more...] about New tech books: ‘Bad Blood,’ ‘Live Work Work Work Die,’ ‘The Efficiency Paradox’