'The Dropout' Part 1: Where ex-Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes got her start

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'The Dropout' Part 1: Where ex-Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes got her start 4.5

The ambitious young Stanford student dropped out of school to pursue her idea of creating a blood testing device that would run tests on a drop or two of blood.

Ex-Theranos employees describe culture of secrecy at Elizabeth Holmes' startup: ‘The Dropout’ podcast ep. 1

Not so long ago, Elizabeth Holmes was Silicon Valley’s rising star. Like so many of the most successful entrepreneurs before her, she dropped out of college to start a company. But unlike many others, her startup would go on to be valued at almost $10 billion making her the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire.

The company was called Theranos, a combination of the words “therapy” and “diagnosis.” It was praised for being revolutionary and for creating a breakthrough that would change the medical industry forever.

Her board of directors was a who’s who of government heavyweights that at a time included former Secretaries of State George Shultz and Henry Kissinger, former Secretaries of Defense Gen. James Mattis and William Perry and former U.S. Senators Bill Frist and Sam Nunn.

Investments came from some of the wealthiest and most connected people in the world, like media mogul Rupert Murdoch, the Walton family, the DeVos family and even the Kraft family behind the New England Patriots.

But it all came crashing down. Today, Holmes is facing up to 20 years in prison and awaiting a criminal trial for charges of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud, to which she has pleaded not guilty.


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Jennifer Lawrences next Oscar nominated performance

Author — Sharri Garvin


“No evidence as yet of the black turtlenecks” guyssss I screamed! 😂😂😂💀

Author — NoomiV


Her facial expressions and blank stare is scary as hell.

Author — DyersEve


she looks like a serial killer who drank 40 cups of coffee

Author — Danny Edmonds


She only finished her first year of college, which meant she knew barely more than a high school grad, yet she says she didn't need any more knowledge to develop something the best brains in the bio-engineering and medical fields with super advanced degrees could do for decades.
I knew she was a fraud the first time I read about her.

Author — Cliff Yablonski


Mark Zuckerburg and Elizabeth Holmes share the same dead face.

Author — Brock Hard


“How did she react when told it was impossible?”
“She just kind of blinked her eyes and nodded her head.”
Wait, so she CAN blink..?

Author — Mychael Darklighter



nobody AT ALL:

nobody in the WORLD:


Author — Rai Dior


Everything about her screams psychopath, her voice, her mannerism, and her deceptiveness. She is would've been a serial killer who became a CEO instead.

Author — Tirath Lidder


"I was at the point where a few more classes in chemical engineering weren't necessary for what I wanted to do." The narcissism.

Author — meredyth with a y


if zuckerberg could impregnate holmes we would get to see lucifer on earth

Author — Kaz Rahman


"The President will marry me, because I have a billion dollars." Maybe daddy should have put her in therapy after that statement. ZERO sense of self-worth.

Author — Timothy Rush


Family wealth is the biggest stepping stone ever to self-confidence and boldness to go after dreams. Easy to do when you feel like you cant fail.
I see you Gary Vee.

She got into college the same way Aunt Becky got hers in.

Author — O. G.


Those eyes + that clown makeup + that voice = me scared

Author — Charlie Harris


Is anyone here from the fake voice video????

Author — Yeetus The fetus


The fact the she doesn't have to spend a long time in prison for what she did is a disgrace to our justice system. People get much harsher punishments for stealing a car than she had gotten for stealing a billion dollars.

Author — Fit Tall Gay Blond


Listening to her makes my throat hurt. Like sis, we can tell your larynx is lowered😩

Author — melanie achieng


"All the yeast money is gone...what will we do?!"
"Hold my beer"

Author — Michael McMullen


Father worked for Enron and mother worked for Congress. Add a banker and you have the trifecta.A true spawn of demons.

Author — jxsilicon9


I see "Theranos"... yet I still say "Thanos"

Author — Flirppy Birds