Theranos Can't Even Send a Goddamn Email Right

Photo: AP
Photo: AP

At this point, it would almost be bigger news if blood-testing startup turned blood-testing fuck up Theranos managed to do something right. Nevertheless, the company continues to amaze, somehow outdoing every embarrassing error with an even dumber and more painful blunder.


Today, that blunder is “failing to conceal the recipients of a group email,” something Theranos did while messaging investors, apparently outing several of them to the press.


According to The Wall Street Journal, the company failed to BCC some 132 email addresses last week in an update written to “Theranos investors.” Among other recipients, people representing the Wal-Mart-owning Walton family, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s Kraft Group and Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim’s Inbursa were sent the email later obtained by the paper.

“Previous emails to investors from Theranos appeared to use the ‘blind-copy’ field, hiding the names of recipients from other recipients,” notes the Journal. “The email recipients declined to comment or couldn’t be reached.”

Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes, who was presumably tying her shoelaces together before stumbling down an enormous staircase, was not immediately available for comment.



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It will never stop amazing me how Theranos got so much startup funding and goodwill.

Basically everyone looked at Elizabeth Holmes, blonde-haired blue-eyed second coming of Steve Jobs in that tacky-ass turtleneck and a sexy, ill-defined “sciencey” idea without any solid, peer-reviewed methods to back it up, and threw millions at her.