… one wonders why no one looked more closely at a 19-year-old with no medical background doing what no other health-care or biotech company had managed.
Among the many companies to go public in 1720 is—famously—one that advertised itself as "a company for carrying out an undertaking of great advantage, but nobody to know what it is".
Ellen Pao made bad business decisions at Reddit. Former editor-in-chief Jill Abramson was unpopular and aggressive at the New York Times. A year before she was fired, former Yahoo! chief executive Carol Bartz was voted the most overpaid CEO in America. No surprise that a woman took home that crown.
As someone who is ambitious and young and hungry, it costs me a lot to give up Elizabeth Holmes. I don't have better replacements for her.
One of the fastest-growing segments of our economy, Silicon Valley, has given us only a few women to admire. I can barely name them: Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer, but then I go blank.*3
Until the ratios even out, we need even our problematic examples of success.