Alex Gibney’s latest documentary shines a spotlight on Silicon Valley and the machinations of entrepreneur, Elizabeth Holmes. HBO’s “The Inventor: Out For Blood In Silicon Valley” reveals how Holmes was able to get investors—and eventually Fortune 500 companies like Walgreens, to support a blood testing invention called “Edison” that was supposed to change the medical field—but failed miserably.
Inspired by Steve Jobs and Thomas Edison (whom she named the invention for), this young woman left Stanford University early to start her company, Theranos, ignoring one of her professors who told her the device was not feasible, but that didn’t stop her.
Through interviews with journalists, former colleagues and investors, Gibney reveals the psyche of Holmes. She managed to get patents and FDA approval through sheer determination. Her low octave voice, all black attire and ability to hold a gaze without blinking may have been mesmerizing, but eventually the truth bears out.
Like other Gibney documentaries, this story is ultimately a cautionary tale—and it doesn’t disappoint. If you are seeking fame and fortune, there are no shortcuts—and If you’re an investor, do your due diligence.
-- Vera J. Brooks