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HBO's The Inventor explores how Theranos happened, but not why

The Inventor gives us a glimpse into the inner workings of Theranos, thanks to some internal footage (including promotional material shot by fellow documentarian Errol Morris); CG renderings of the Edison box; and interviews with former theranos employees, from receptionist to the head of product development. The movie builds upon WSJ reporter John Carreyrou's book, Bad Blood which details the company's founding and brief-yet-tumultuous life, but it does not really mean anything groundbreaking. And even though Holmes' is the star of the story &#821 1; with her wide unblinking stare, Jobs-black turtleneck and alien speech cadence – we don't learn much more about her side of the story. The Inventor desperately calls for an on-camera interview with Holmes, where Gibney could have pushed her out of her comfort zone. Instead, Holmes invited Jessie Deeter, one of the film's producers, to an awkward five-hour dinner. "I was definitely being interviewed, it wasn't going the other way," Deeter said during the media event. "She wouldn't let me take notes and wouldn't let me record the conversation. I'm sure it was recorded one way, for sure. She wanted all the information she could get, she wanted to know who we were talking to. and what Alex's questions would be. " During that dinner, Holmes said critics were maligning here because she was a woman, even though they were allowed to fail over and over again in Silicon Valley. When I asked Gibney if she has a bit of point, she was quick to…

The Inventor gives us a glimpse into the inner workings of Theranos, thanks to some internal footage (including promotional material shot by fellow documentarian Errol Morris); CG renderings of the Edison box; and interviews with former theranos employees, from receptionist to the head of product development.

The movie builds upon WSJ reporter John Carreyrou’s book, Bad Blood which details the company’s founding and brief-yet-tumultuous life, but it does not really mean anything groundbreaking. And even though Holmes’ is the star of the story &#821

1; with her wide unblinking stare, Jobs-black turtleneck and alien speech cadence – we don’t learn much more about her side of the story. The Inventor desperately calls for an on-camera interview with Holmes, where Gibney could have pushed her out of her comfort zone.

Instead, Holmes invited Jessie Deeter, one of the film’s producers, to an awkward five-hour dinner. “I was definitely being interviewed, it wasn’t going the other way,” Deeter said during the media event. “She wouldn’t let me take notes and wouldn’t let me record the conversation. I’m sure it was recorded one way, for sure. She wanted all the information she could get, she wanted to know who we were talking to. and what Alex’s questions would be. “

During that dinner, Holmes said critics were maligning here because she was a woman, even though they were allowed to fail over and over again in Silicon Valley. When I asked Gibney if she has a bit of point, she was quick to note that Theranos is different than most startups because “she was putting people’s lives at risk.” Holmes is held to a higher standard, he said, because she was dealing with human healthcare. Her role as the young genius female founder was also a major reason Theranos attracted plenty of attention early on. “I think it was an inspiring idea,” he said. “But when you cross the ethical line to do with people’s health, you really can’t hide behind that.” story, The Inventor has enough time to leave you slack-jawed. How did an unknown health startup with a founder get as much support from early investors as Tim Draper? (Spoiler: He was a family friend.) How did Holmes enjoy the likes of Henry Kissinger and former US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis to join Theranos’ board? How did so many people willingly work for a company where they didn’t fully understand its flagship product? The film doesn’t answer most of these points, mostly because he never gets Holmes’ actual point of view, but it’s still fascinating exploration of Silicon Valley privilege and excess.

Holmes wasn The only notable person Gibney couldn’t get on camera. Errol Morris, who shot some slick commercials for Theranos (like the one above), didn’t reply to any calls or letters for comment. In the footage Gibney unearthed for The Inventor, Morris fawning and loving treatment of Holmes looks laughably naive today. When the two went to each other during an industry event, Morris refused to talk about Theranos and customs Gibney “you can’t make me.” Even going off the record was too much. “For God, there is no record, and he can be a very unforgiving person,” Morris said.

In the end, Gibney couldn’t quite pass the connection between Elizabeth Holmes and Steve Jobs. “The one lesson he never took from Jobs was what he learned from his biggest failure,” he said. The re-invented “Steve Jobs 2.0” with himself like people like Avi Tevanian, who served as Apple’s chief software technology officer; Jon Rubenstein [former Apple hardware head]; and superstar designer Jony Ives. “Those people were great at what they did and they could also tell Steve Jobs. They were kind of a feedback loop. And I think he learned to list in ways that are constructive, it’s incredibly valuable. But that’s not a lesson Elizabeth learned.” . “

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