As president of the Grand Teton National Park Foundation, Leslie Mattson is a very busy woman. @ has 11 staff, 25 board members and 30 resource council members, and it’s always busy creating and raising money for park preservation and enhancements. So when Leslie reads, she chooses her books wisely. “Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup,” by John Carreyrou, the Wall Street Journal writer who broke the story, seemed a very wise choice. Bad Blood is the story of Elizabeth Holmes, founder and CEO of Theranos, and the company’s swift rise and dramatically shocking fall.
“I had read about Elizabeth Holmes. She was in Fortune, Forbes … an incredible woman. Any woman in business was intrigued by her.”
Leslie, a businesswoman with a degree in psychology, was struck by the theater Holmes put on and how everyone bought it. “She faked everybody out – some of the most sophisticated investors, her board, leaders of the country – for years. She had manipulated them from the beginning. She was smart, she was persuasive. It was total theater.”