Mon. Jul 22nd, 2019

The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley – The rise and fall of Theranos founder

theranos, The Inventor Silicon Valley, ShowmaxTake a deep dive into one of the most remarkable stories of deception and corruption that you’ve probably never heard of. Now streaming on Showmax.

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The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley has landed on Showmax, a matter of months after its world premiere at the world Sundance festival.

Take a deep dive into one of the most remarkable stories of deception and corruption that you’ve probably never heard of – the rise and fall of the youngest self-made female billionaire in the world

This documentary will take you through the amazing story of how one woman dropped out of University to become a self-made billionaire, all while never actually producing a working product.

Theranos and Holmes, rising stars in Silicon Valley

Elizabeth Holmes grew her company to $9 billion on the promise that she’d disrupt the billion-dollar medical diagnostics market.

Her company, Theranos, promised to deliver a machine that would be able to test hundreds – and eventually up to a thousand – common blood tests, using only finger prick samples.

Holmes was hailed as the next Steve Jobs.

Public figures such as former American Secretaries of State George Schultz and Henry Kissinger, former senators Sam Nunn and Bill Frist, and former Secretary of Defense James Mattis sat on the board.

Among the investors in Theranos were Oracle founder Larry Ellison, Rupert Murdoch and current Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

By 2013, the company had partnered with Walgreens, offering their compact blood testing in their pharmacies. And then it all began to fall apart.

Fake it till you make it

This is a gripping documentary that will show never-before-seen footage and specially created 3D graphics. It reveals the true extent of the deception that eventually brought Theranos to ruin.

Alex Gibney, who received critical acclaim for the Scientology expose Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, has now turned his attention to the ‘fake it till you make it’ mindset of Silicon Valley, the hype merchants and venture capitalists with more dollars than sense.

“This story is a classic example of truth is more dramatic than fiction. The characters are at once larger-than-life and real.”

Alex Gibney

Newsday praised the documentary as a “must-watch”; The Wall Street Journal called it “enthralling”; The Financial Times labelled it “a knuckle-chewing ride for the age of the lie”; and CNN hailed it as “one of those documentaries […] that really gets under your skin.”

Watch: The Inventor documentary on Showmax

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