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Stanford Networking Breakfast Club of Orange County

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    Contacts: Ronald Thommarson (send message)

    Region: CA - Orange County
    Members: 234 Member(s)

    Join Stanford alumni and guests to hear stimulating topics during an informal breakfast.  A speaker with a connection to Stanford provides a brief presentation on a topics such as genetics, finances, humanitarian travels and more. We meet at Coco's Bakery in Costa Mesa. 

    To join this group and learn about upcoming speakers, contact Ron Thommarson, ’90, at

Book Discussion--Bad Blood: Secrets
and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

Book Discussion -- Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

Wednesday, July 10
7:30 - 8:45 a.m.
Cocos Bakery Restaurant
2750 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa 92626
Price: $20 (includes breakfast)
RSVP/Questions? Contact Ron Thommarson, 90, at

Kick off your summer reading list with the Stanford Breakfast Club of Orange County.  Come join us for an informal and in-depth discussion on the book, Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup, by Wall Street Journal reporter John Carreyrou about the scandal that shook the unicorn biotech company Theranos.  This book has garnered widespread acclaim, been on the NYT’s Best Seller list for 25 weeks and earned a 5-star rating on Amazon! The company started by Elizabeth Holmes, a 19-year-old Stanford dropout, was formed to revolutionize the blood testing business using only a few drops of blood from the test subject.  Founded in 2003, Theranos was funded by leading venture capitalists and business leaders who invested over $700 million in the startup.  The company was touted by Wall Street and in 2014 was valued at $10 billion while Holmes was featured on the covers of Forbes and Fortune.  But doubts arose in October of 2015 as John Carreyrou, an investigative WSJ reporter, brought to light serious questions about the technology used by Theranos in its blood tests.  Eventually, deceptions and false statements to investors were exposed and Holmes was accused of massive fraud resulting in the implosion of the once-promising company and criminal charges against Holmes and another key executive.

Rather than a formal speaker this time, we invite you to read the book or do your own research online and come and join in a lively discussion.  How could so many investors, analysts and customers not see the fraud?  What made Elizabeth Holmes so convincing?  Would you have invested in Theranos? Please take advantage of this opportunity to share your thoughts, hear perspectives from other alumni and enjoy a hearty breakfast.

Our regular speaker format will resume in September.

Upcoming Breakfast Dates

Sept 11--Scott Kitcher on Sustainability
Nov 10--TBA
Jan 8--John Burns-- Outlook on the Real Estate Market
Stay tuned for further meeting dates and information

Interested in Speaking to a group of Stanford alumni?
If you have a Stanford connection and expertise in a topic, we'd love to have you speak.  Please contact Ron Thommarson, ’90, at to discuss.

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