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Media Roundtable: What the rise and fall of Theranos reveals about Silicon Valley


On this edition of Your Call’s media roundtable, we discuss coverage of former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes who has been convicted of fraud over her role at the now-defunct blood-testing firm.

Holmes falsely promised to revolutionize the medical testing industry with technology that could take just a few drops of blood to accurately test for hundreds of diseases. The story began to unravel in October 2015 after The Wall Street Journal’s healthcare reporter John Carreyrou began questioning whether the tests worked and concluded that the company, which was valued at $9 billion, was a sham.

How has this story affected media coverage of Silicon Valley?


Cyrus Farivar, senior writer at Forbes covering surveillance technology and artificial intelligence

Web Resources:

NBC: Elizabeth Holmes admits whistleblower was right and reporter was ‘mishandled’

Vox: Silicon Valley wants you to know Theranos isn’t Silicon Valley

The New York Times: Silicon Valley Can’t Escape Elizabeth Holmes

Vanity Fair: How Elizabeth Holmes's House Of Cards Came Tumbling Down