Theranos whistleblower Tyler Shultz’s new Audible tell-all podcast is cathartic and eye-opening

Tyler Shultz has a brand new podcast on Audible known as Thicker Than Water. The collection is about Theranos and Elizabeth Holmes and is informed completely via Shultz’ viewpoint.


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It was one of many largest tech failures of the final decade and Tyler Shultz was a whistleblower who helped expose it. Whereas he was working for the disgraced health technology company Theranos, he served as a confidential supply for a 2015 Wall Avenue Journal report that confirmed the corporate’s guarantees of a tool that would run lots of of assessments from a tiny quantity of blood had been lies. Complicating issues additional was that his grandfather, former Secretary of State George Shultz, was one of many first backers of Theranos and one in all its largest cheerleaders.

In a new podcast series on Audible called Thicker Than Water, Tyler Shultz opens up and tells his aspect of the Theranos story. The almost four-hour collection contains never-before-told particulars in regards to the firm’s founder Elizabeth Holmes. Shultz was our visitor on the I’m So Obsessed podcast, the place he defined what his final day at Theranos was like.

“I left on fairly dangerous phrases. The president, Sunny [Balwani], basically in a scathing e mail known as me smug, ignorant, patronizing and reckless. And looking out again, I believe he was really proper about quite a lot of these issues,” Shultz mentioned. “To suppose {that a} 23-year-old child goes to face up towards an organization valued at $9 billion is smug. It’s naive, it’s reckless.”

Theranos collapsed in 2018 and Holmes is now awaiting trial on costs of felony fraud, which can seemingly be delayed till 2021 due to COVID-19. Shultz has gone on to create his personal testing company, Flux Biosciences, which goals to enhance the best way urine is examined. He reassured me that regardless of Flux having the identical promise that Theranos did, he is going about it in a very totally different method.

“We’ve over 15 years of papers and patents revealed and filed on the expertise,” Shultz mentioned. “The corporate’s present focus is on measuring feminine fertility hormones.”

In our interview, Shultz talked in-depth about Theranos, Elizabeth Holmes, his relationship together with his grandfather and the trauma he suffered being a whistleblower. He additionally defined how his grandfather does not find out about his new Audible collection and the way discussing Theranos and Holmes opened some previous wounds.

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Patrick Holland