On Faking It

It is a long weekend in the United States, and like everyone else, I want to take advantage of the good weather and catch up on my long reading list of papers, articles, and books. So, I will keep this weekend’s newsletter short and sweet.

Photo courtesy of HBO

Last night, I watched The Inventor, an HBO documentary about Theranos and its founder, Elizabeth Holmes. It’s a version of the story that was so brilliantly reported by John Carreyrou in his book, Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup.

In the retelling, the documentary invokes Thomas Edison, who used a series of lies and half-truths after making a claim that he had solved the incandescent light bulb problem. It would be four years before he could deliver a working bulb, but he faked it till he made it.

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May 25: Worth Reading

Remember GoTV? Or the Verizon’s much talked about the acquisition of once-very-hot Vessel? And all those press releases from Verizon where it talked up its dreams of being an OTT video giant. All those have resulted in nothing, and The company has called it quits and is now looking to partner with former competitors. The … Continue reading May 25: Worth Reading