It was a healthcare company really, less a tech company. Backers included Rupert Murdoch, the family of Donald Trump’s education secretary Betsy DeVos, the Cox family – owners of Cox Enterprises, a US conglomerate – none of them tech specialists. Those that were (the smart ones) passed on the “opportunity”.
But while plenty were left unmoved by Holmes’ pitch – technology that would revolutionise diagnostic testing with just the prick of the finger and create the next Apple in the process – there were plenty in the Valley who said sign me up!
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