The Wall Street Journal reporter - John Carreyrou - first outed that there was something fishy at Theranos. Since then so many articles followed. Recently Carreyrou published a book, which is selling briskly, about the disruption that wasn't.
Yet, Nick Bilton reports in Vanity Fair, Holmes is hawking a new startup, trolling for investors.
The odds are that she will succeed in attracting funding. As Bilton observes, the world of tech sucks in the hopes of those who know nothing about tech but are determined to get rich quick.
Given the sustained gold rush in tech, it's irrelevant that the debate goes on and on if Holmes is a sociopath. Carreyrou goes on record as stating that she has those tendencies. But he doesn't cross the line to apply an actual label. Bilton indicates she could wind up serving time in prison, the place where sociopaths who overreach wind up.
However, who among us hasn't agreed to work in an organization operated by a sociopath, in order to get a fast edge in our careers? We knew it was useful to put on our resume. And, we figured we could endure the craziness for two years.
Many who did that exited with lots of funny stories told back in the 20th century when folks still had patience to hear anecdotes. They were not emotionally unhinged. And the brandname on the resume did advance their careers.
So, a new group of investors will likely belly up to Holmes' Next, see themselves as players, and not give a damn about the big questions of right and wrong.
Those over-50 I coach came of age in America when success became the national religion. For their personal essay to be admitted to college they provided an example of character-building in their lives. But, I have a hunch even back then they got it that such was the party line and part of the emerging reality distortion necessary to make it big in the white collar world.
Now, along with how to outsmart ageism and get access to well-paying work, those over-50 are searching for values they can hold onto. My Buddhist meditation groups have been filled with older professionals. We joke: Those who die with the most inner peace win.
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