- Elizabeth Holmes, founder of the blood screening startup Theranos, is the subject of a new HBO documentary titled "The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley."
- Reporting on Holmes – including the HBO documentation, a nonfiction book, and a podcast series provide a mesmerizing look at Holmes, who successfully convinced investors that Theranos had working technology and accurate results, though not was.
- Of particular note is the mystery surrounding Holmes' baritone-speaking voice, which Therano's insiders said was an affect that might help integrate them into the male-dominated Silicon Valley tech scene.
- Former Theranos employees have suggested that Holmes' voice was forged, recalling cases as she slipped and her voice raised a few octaves.
Through several reports, Elizabeth Holmes has carefully designed and maintained a persona while running her blood-seeking startup Theranos ̵
Holmes & Macken, leader of the now-defunct Theranos, is well documented, methodically crafting a person borrowed from Silicon Valley Elite, such as her remarkable Steve Jobs-style black turtleneck sweater and long-sleeved outfit.
But the release of "The Inventor," an HBO documentary on the rise and fall of Theranos, has brought the mystery of Holmes' voice back to the fore.
During the documentary production, HBO filmmakers were leaked more than 100 hours of internal video from Therano's recorded video material, including intimate solo interviews with Holmes, which gave the embattled entrepreneur and her business a new look. In the footage her baritone is completely exhibited.
Her voice is a trademark, as many potential investors and Theranos employees have noted in the book "Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup." Many in the book said they were amazed when they met Holmes for the first time, thanks to her unexpectedly deep voice and big, blinking eyes.
Former Theranos employees, however, have voiced the suspicion that Holmes' deep voice was simply a ruse.
One employee recalled an evening with Holmes "falling into a natural-sounding young female voice," journalist John Carreyrou from the Wall Street Journal wrote in his book, published in 2018, octaves higher than her regular baritone ,
The former employee speculates that Holmes cast her vote because she was so desperate to be taken seriously as a young woman in the male-dominated scene in Silicon Valley.
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A podcast released later in 2018 by ABC News More Fuel Rumors that Holmes faked her unmistakable, deep voice In a podcast titled "The Dropout," former employees said Holmes would sometimes "go nuts" and return to her authentic voice. After she drank, employees said in the podcast.
Evidence that Holmes uses his natural voice is harder to find Cut reports that videos that reveal their vocal missteps are often removed from the Internet fairly quickly, usually within a day or two.
But the publication of the HBO documentary has put Holmes' voice in the spotlight. People in social media have expressed intense fascination with their voice . The documentary film is able to portray Holmes' full persona in such a way that the secret of her voice becomes all the more fascinating.
Holmes has not publicly commented on her voice or acknowledged whether it is authentic or not. That is, we can only guess why she has decided to change her voice, forcing her to remember the cunning every time she speaks.
Some say she has taken every possible step to move forward in male-dominated Silicon Valley. Others wonder if they would try to get as far as possible from Upspeak and Vocal Fry, two terms used to criticize and monitor women's higher voices.
But whether the voice of Holmes was authentic or not, she managed to convince the bigshots of Silicon Valley that she was the true deal. She was able to get powerful men with deep pockets to invest in her blood test startup. By signing successful venture capitalists such as Henry Draper and political heavyweights such as former Secretary of State Harry Kissinger, Holmes has raised more than $ 700 million in investment capital.
At its peak, Theranos was valued at $ 9 billion, and Holmes was hailed as the youngest female billionaire in the world. Since then, their company has been closed and the SEC and the Department of Justice have been charged with fraud.