On the 12th of November, the best Business Book of 2018 was revealed to the public. It is “The Bad Blood” by John Carreyrou – a story of Theranos – a healthcare startup from Silicon Valley. The award ceremony took place at the National Gallery in London. John Carreyrou received 30,000 GBP.
Founded by Elizabeth Holmes, a young American, once considered being a female rock star in science, Theranos failed, its assets were liquidated in September 2018. This was the first book I bought after the long list of nominees was published (see my previous post here). It didn’t disappoint me. It is both entertaining and philosophical. The book makes the reader think about entrepreneurship and disruption, personal values and innovation. Lionel Barber, FT editor and the chair of the judging panel, called “Bad Blood” “a brilliant piece of enterprise journalism” which “reads at times like a thriller”. The book is a gentle reminder for all VC funds, private investors, corporates and first of all customers to conduct independent due diligence even if you jump on a bandwagon and collaborate with a rising unicorn.
Andrew Leon Hanna got the 15,000 GBP Bracken Bower Prize for the best proposal for a business book by an author under 35. “25 million sparks” is the name of the book where he is going to explore entrepreneurship that emerges from refugee camps.
Congratulations to John and Andrew!
What is your favourite business book? Which one should I read next?
“Bad Blood” on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2IZubn6