Wardrobe to Voice change
In an interview with Elle, the newly appointed designer, Ana Arriola, suggested she “dress more like a CEO.”
“She had this kind of spunky, frumpy Christmas sweater attire… It’s literally like… Stuff you see that has pixel art poorly done.” Holmes took her advice to upgrade her style but instead of picking “couture” as Ana suggested, she went specifically for the “iconic” style of Apple’s founder, Steve Jobs in black turtlenecks.
Arriola and Holmes’ relationship took a sour turn when Ana disagreed with Holmes to work on testing cancer patients with unfinished and inaccurate devices and resigned from her position within four months.
According to one of her ex-employee, Greg Baney, who once heard her natural voice, the young entrepreneur forged her voice to be taken more seriously in a male-dominated Silicon Valley.
Meanwhile, her initial employees told ABC radio that they can’t exactly pinpoint when she started lowering her voice, but in the company’s initial day she used to speak in her high-pitched natural voice.
Holmes’ art of convincing people “without a working” prototype
In case you have watched the series, you might have come across a scene, where during a product demonstration for Novartis in Switzerland the product doesn’t seem to work, thus they faked the results. Well according to an employee, Shaunak Roy, the company indeed forged the result in case the machine didn’t work.
Holmes also tricked Don Lucas, an investor of big companies like Oracle, Macromedia, and more, to invest in her company even without having a working prototype. As a doting grand-figure, he trusted her but hired a pharmaceutical expert Diana Parks to look after Theranos as a Chief Commercial Officer. Park soon realized the truth that Elizabeth claimed proprietary blood-testing technology, never worked. Her so claimed revolutionized blood testing prototypes, which works on small volumes of blood were full of lies and deceit.
Friendship-turned-romance btw Ramesh Balwani & Elizabeth Holmes
The teen Elizabeth participated in the Mandarin program thrice in her Highschool, though she met the 30 plus old, Ramesh Sunny Balwani in the last one. Holmes, who was struggling to make friends there, was saved by warm-natured Ramesh Singh Balwani in 2002.
Ramesh was married to a Japanese artist Keiko Fujimoto at that time, but soon both split up and took a divorce around in 2004. But it’s still not clear whether or not they were having an extra-marital affair around at that time. Holmes later moved in with Ramesh Balwani.
The whistleblower on Theranos
Though Ana and Holmes’s relationship turned sour, she wasn’t the only one who was dissatisfied with Elizabeth’s forgery. After she left the company, soon another staff followed her footstep and end up resigning too.
Fortunately “Tevanian” finally opened his eyes and dig up the truth and brought the documents that proved how Theranos and its investors are in unavoidable trouble, but instead of looking up facts the doting grandfather, Lucas blind-trusted Elizabeth and ask Tevanian to resign from the company. How Elizabeth managed to persuade the chairman ie, Lucas and the rest of the members of the board team is truly an art.
But in 2015, her words couldn’t add any worth and things started to fall apart, and less than a year, Holmes was exposed as a fake. The technology she told to everyone didn’t work at all as she claimed. She’s convicted on four of the 11 charges she was accused of. She is now awaiting sentencing in court.