A Jury Finds Elizabeth Holmes Embraced Silicon Valley’s ‘Fake It Until You Make It’ Ethos Too Hard

A Jury Finds Elizabeth Holmes Embraced Silicon Valley’s ‘Fake It Until You Make It’ Ethos Too Hard


A jury found Elizabeth Holmes, the founder and CEO of blood-testing startup Theranos Inc, guilty on four of 11 charges, including conspiring to defraud investors and patients in her company. She could face up to 20 years in prison for each guilty charge. Holmes’s conviction marks a dramatic ending for what was supposed to be a perfect Silicon Valley success story.

In 2003, 19-year-old Holmes dropped out of Stanford University and founded Theranos, a blood-testing startup. Holmes claimed she was going to revolutionize blood-testing and, by extension, the health-care industry.

Her company built a small device that would draw only a droplet of blood from a patient’s fingertip, run a multitude of tests, and return the results within minutes at a fraction of the

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