What happened to Tyler Schultz, Erika Cheung, Linda Tanner, et al.


The Hulu Finale The stall finished this week, and if you haven’t watched it, you should. It’s not only the best of the tech founders series, but it’s also one of the best series of the year thanks to the incredible performances of Amanda Seyfried and unattractive Naveen Andrews, as well as to a strong supporting cast (Stephen Fry, Michaela Watkins, William Macy, Alan Ruck, LisaGay Hamilton, and Ebon Moss-Bachrach, among others), compelling subject matter (the fall of Theranos), and the injections of comedy that Liz Meriweather (new girl) brings to the drama.

When I finished the series, after reflecting on the performance of Seyfried (and the “rebirth” of Elizabeth Holmes), my first thought was: what happened to Tyler Shultz and Erika Cheung, the two whistleblowers most responsible for removing Theranos? Cheung and Shultz, the grandson of former Secretary of State George Schultz, worked together to provide the basis for much of the wall street journal report – Cheung also testified at length against Holmes in the criminal case against her).

What happened to Tyler Schultz? “Schultz is fine. He was not asked to testify against Holmes – he believes his emails spoke for themselves – but he and his family celebrated after Holmes’ guilty verdict (Holmes, who faces up to 20 years prison, currently awaiting sentencing). These days, Shultz runs his own biotech startup, Flux Biosciences, Inc, focused on women’s fertility issues, and while he would never become an Elizabeth Holmes, he now admits he’s a startup founder, he understands the high-pressure backdrop that could create an Elizabeth Holmes. In 2017, Schultz was named to the Forbes “30 under 30” list for healthcare industry professionals. Although his grandfather never officially apologized to Tyler, he told Tyler he was right and the two reconciled before George passed away in 2021.

What happened to Erika Cheung? Cheung is fine too. Fittingly, she is a co-founder of Ethics in Entrepreneurship, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the ethics, culture, practices and results of emerging businesses. She and Schultz also helped promote Alex Gibney’s Theranos documentary.

What happened to David Boies? “The lawyer who represented Theranos is and continues to be a big prosecutor, although he often defends disreputable people. He defended Al Gore (not obnoxious) in the 2000 election recount (he lost); he defended Napster (he lost); and he defended Harvey Weinstein and Jerry Jones (although not in criminal matters, but in contractual matters), although his firm also hired spies to track Weinstein’s victims. He also defended one of Jeffrey Epstein’s accusers, Virginia Giuffre.

What happened to Linda Tanner? – The character of Michaela Watkins is a composite, but she’s mostly based on Heather King, who was brought in by Boies’ firm as general counsel for Theranos. She left that position when Theranos was closed and returned to Boies’ law firm, Boies Schiller Flexner, although she left that firm in 2021 to take up an in-house counsel role.

What happened to Rochelle Gibbons? — The suicide of Ian Gibbons was basically exactly like The stall depicts. Afterwards, Holmes did not return the phone call from Gibbons’ widow, Rochelle, but Rochelle overheard a Theranos office manager asking her to return the company’s assets. Rochelle still misses Ian, who she says was “as close to perfection as a human could get”. She also found some satisfaction in the guilty verdict against Holmes, although she feared that Holmes would avoid prison.

What happened to Richard Fuisz? Fuisz, the big-foreheaded character played by William Macy, is still around, he’s pretty Trumpy, and mostly dropping thoughts like this on Twitter these days:

What happened to Phyliss Gardner? — The professor played by Laurie Metcalf, one of the first to publicly oppose Elizabeth Holmes, is 71 and still teaches at Stanford. She is also the founder of several biotechnology companies.

What happened to Jay Rosan? – The family physician/Walgreens executive who brokered the deal between Theranos and Walgreens is apparently still associated with Walgreens. It’s his last tweet, which is hilarious because the guy who doesn’t know how to use Twitter or what his iPhone password is is the same guy who made Walgreens spend $50 million on a sleazy tech startup and untested. It follows.

What happened to Judith Baker? – The WSJ editor played by LisaGay Hamilton is actually based on an elderly white man, Gerard Baker, who describes himself as a “right-wing curmudgeon.” This is, unfortunately, appropriate. He resigned in 2018 as editor of the WSJ and took a job as editor, where he created controversy by writing an article suggesting that black people commit more hate crimes than white people without any evidence. real to support this assertion. He also suggested that after Biden’s election, Trump supporters would be forced into “re-education programs.” It’s a real job.

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