Lately, it seems everyone is talking about Theranos. The defunct health technology company was dissected in a book by John Carreyrou, an ABC News podcast and Nightline episode, and an HBO documentary. A film version is reportedly also in the works, starring Jennifer Lawrence as Elizabeth Holmes – the enigmatic founder now charged with fraud and facing up to 20 years in prison.

The story of Theranos is both fascinating and distressing. As the company reached a peak valuation of $9 billion, Holmes became an entrepreneurial celebrity. She was featured on magazine covers and lists of the world’s richest women. She was undeniably famous. The company’s rise and fall is a complex tale, but strip away the details and one theme becomes clear: our culture is obsessed with Silicon Valley.

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