[LMB] Bad Blood

Eric Oppen ravenclaweric at gmail.com
Wed Aug 28 02:26:17 BST 2019


Part of the problem with Holmes and Theranos was that she was using a
business model more suited to software than medical technology.   And (to
be blunt) a lot of people very much WANTED her to succeed---she was young,
female, and good-looking.

On Tue, Aug 27, 2019 at 5:14 PM Matthew George <matt.msg at gmail.com> wrote:

> Richard Nixon was not taken down for committing crimes.  Lots of Presidents
> have done things that were more dodgy.  Nixon was induced to resign to
> avoid impeachment because he had made countless personal enemies in
> Washington who were eager to harm him.  His actions were by no means
> conscionable, but worse people have been given free passes.  His
> relationships with others made the difference.
>
> Elizabeth Holmes also made countless enemies, which is largely why she's
> gotten so much bad press.  Of course, nothing succeeds like success - see
> Microsoft and Facebook - but people who have done equally questionable
> things tend not to get pulled into the limelight as she has.
>
> Miles Vorkosigan has incredibly loyal partisans.  And even his enemies
> respect him.  A very different sort of situation.
>
> Matt "he doesn't do it alone" G.
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