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Elizabeth Holmes’ Downfall From Theranos Has Been Explained Deeply—By Men

By WIRED

No one seems to have listened to the Theranos founder in her own words. Until nowRead full story

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  • How do we feel about Holmes as a feminist anti-hero?

  • Not really getting the gist of this. A fraud was taken down by a good investigative reporter at a paper that still cares. Completely nonsensical article but I’m sure it’s generating page views for what used to be an essential magazine.

  • Plain and simple: Holmes was an epic, dangerous fraud who needed to be taken down. She also seems insane.

    When reading this article: perhaps ignore the nonsensical aspects (i.e. the Freud reference felt sensationalist or misplaced...) while highlighting the tidbits of wisdom:

    “Holmes prohibited due diligence at Theranos, taking it as a personal affront when investors, employees, and board members asked for evidence of her outsized claims... Skepticism, of course, is the sine qua non of any scientific—or

    Plain and simple: Holmes was an epic, dangerous fraud who needed to be taken down. She also seems insane.

    When reading this article: perhaps ignore the nonsensical aspects (i.e. the Freud reference felt sensationalist or misplaced...) while highlighting the tidbits of wisdom:

    “Holmes prohibited due diligence at Theranos, taking it as a personal affront when investors, employees, and board members asked for evidence of her outsized claims... Skepticism, of course, is the sine qua non of any scientific—or financial—venture. Fear of doubt meant Holmes fired all doubters, thus guaranteeing the failure of Theranos.

    Making empirical statements invites questions, so Holmes found ways to switch on a dime to airy platitudes when interviewers asked her for facts. When Charlie Rose asked her how she started Theranos, she looked at a point on the table to the right of Rose. ‘I’ve always believed we’re here on this earth to try to make a difference,’ she said. Sometimes she celebrated the idea of asking questions even as she dodged questions.

    ...’First they think you're crazy, then they fight you, and then all of a sudden you change the world,’ she said. Not a good sign. (Trump used a version of that fake Gandhi quote on Instagram last year.)...

    Confidence is one thing. An absolute absence of rigor and self-inquiry is, of course, another. Like many who sell blind faith, Holmes’ pitch turned on gravitas, pathos, and invocations of pain and suffering. She trafficked, quite literally, in blood; she promised Theranos would save lives in hospitals, in homes, and on the battlefield.”

  • oh wow. we now have our own greedy unethical pond scum. isn't equality great?

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