A new behind-the-scenes look at the fall of Theranos, published in Vanity Fair, chronicles founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes's obsession with building a successful blood-testing company--and it's not pretty. Some of the article's observations are by now well-known: that Theranos's original board didn't have much medical or scientific expertise; that the company demands a nondisclosure agreement of all visitors; and that Holmes's authority within Theranos is absolute.
It should surprise no one that Sarah Kauss, the founder of S'well water bottles, is a former accountant and also a former Girl Scout. Looking more the latter today in a denim shirtwaist dress, it's clear that New York-based S'well did not jump to $47 million in revenues last year, from just $2.5 million in 2013, by chance.
There's no denying that Kevin Ryan is an ideas guy. Now he's got another idea--or at least he's borrowing one. Ryan, the entrepreneur who came up with the concepts for database company MongoDB, flash-sales site Gilt Groupe, publisher Business Insider, and wedding registry Zola Registry, is now tackling health care.
Not all unicorns are wounded or dying. And no, this isn't about Uber. In an environment when many late-stage investors are marking down the value of their stakes in billion-dollar startups, Sprinklr, an enterprise software company that helps big companies manage their social media presence, announced that it raised a $105 million investment round at a valuation of $1.8 billion.
After a long silence, the Theranos believers are starting to speak out. When I asked a few months ago why no members of the blood-testing startup's scientific and medical advisory board had made any statements in support of the company, Theranos said it wanted to get the investigation by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) behind it.
There are enterprising not-for-profits, and there are companies with strong social missions. In the middle, there are a ton of entrepreneurial types who really aren't sure which model they should follow. Kirsten Dickerson has been there.
We all know that women get precious little venture capital funding: Only three percent of venture capital goes to female CEOs, according to Babson College. And that might be because so few women become venture capitalists: Only six percent of investing partners are women, also according to Babson. Now, here's the twist.
All Fran Dunaway wanted was a cool shirt. "Something like Robert Graham, but for women," she says, referring to the colorful men's shirts known for unexpected details such as contrasting cuffs.
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Selecting a term
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Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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