Hey-Oh, Doccalo! Hope you got your turtlenecks all cleaned up. Hell, keep em dirty for all we care! It’s time for another episode of the Documenteers and this episode gets pretty bloody! By popular demand, Bob and Stuart sat down to discuss an HBO original documentary, and our first foray into an Alex Gibney film! Elizabeth Holmes had a dream, and an uncle (once), and a deathly fear of having her blood drawn. So she had a vision to get full blood diagnostic from a mere pin-prick. Then you put a “nanotainer” into a box/machine called an “Edison” and get a full blood diagnostic in the mere minutes. Sounds great, right? Henry Kissinger, Joe Biden, Jared Leto, George Shultz, Bill Clinton, Betsy DeVos, Rupert Murdoch and Walgreens are all so down with the idea that they throw money at it. Problem is that there’s a little thing called “science” and “facts” and science doesn’t give a damn about an inspirational speech. Stuart and Bob break down the documentary “The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley” by The Gib®. We’re guessing that all those investors we named probably wish they invested in a time machine so they could not throw all this money around. What makes Elizabeth Holmes tick? What’s going to happen to her? Does she blink? What, exactly, is inspiration porn? There’s a lot to unpack here and a lot of “The Truth” to throw up in the faces of “The Man” and we’re just the pack of assholes to get that done. Siemens is the real name of a real company. How wild is that? Apologies to Siemens. Keep on Doccin’.
Here’s a trailer for “The Inventor”.
Here’s John Carreyrou’s WSJ article.
Here’s some Theranos commercials by Errol Morris.
Here’s the video for the timeless “Pump Up the Jam” by Technotronic.