When does “fake it ‘til you make it” go too far?: PL;DR 9/17

When does “fake it ‘til you make it” go too far?: PL;DR 9/17

This week we dig into Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurial successes and failures, along with some of the most recent billion-dollar valuations.

We hope your week is going better than Elizabeth Holmes’s! The 37-year-old entrepreneur that famously dropped out of Stanford and founded the health tech failure, Theranos, is on trial for multiple counts of fraud and wire fraud. 

Her story is an interesting one in the context of Silicon Valley, where the “fake it ‘til you make it” mindset is not only common but encouraged. In the push for developing new, cutting edge technologies, when does fake it ‘til you make it go too far? This week, we’re digging into some of the biggest entrepreneurial success stories and unfortunate failures.

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Blood in the Water

The health tech industry is big, big money. Explore some of the biggest health tech startup failures in recent history.

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Discover some of the failed tech startups that just couldn’t quite become mainstream.

From Dropping Out of College to Guaping Out

Who says you need a degree to be successful? Check out these self-made entrepreneurs who dropped out of college before making it big.

Tacos as a Service (TaaS) Might be the Next Big Thing in Subscriptions

Will Taco Bell be the next big thing in subscriptions? Explore the fast food chain’s leap into the as-a-service industry.

Round Out the Year in a New Role!

Land a new role in time for the end of the year. Explore the open jobs shared in our community this week:

Other news we’re watching

  • The perfect wine cellar is within reach — As it turns out, the ocean meets all the qualifications for a perfect place to age wine. It’s cool, dark, and unlikely to be disturbed. 
  • Mailchimp transforms into Mailgorilla — Earlier this week, Intuit confirmed it would be acquiring Mailchimp for $12B. This move is part of their goal to disrupt the small business market while being the center of small business growth.
  • Canva has an even better week — After raising $200M, the digital design platform is now valued at $40B. That’s a lot of Taco Bell memberships.

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