Author: Janie Mackenzie

By Staff Writer Was Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes hiding fraudulent technology, or just waiting for things to click into place? That is the question that was raised during Friday’s testimony in the Elizabeth Holmes trial, in which a former Theranos employee, who worked with the company for 5 years, said he was lured by the company’s promise and then encouraged to hide what was really happening with the company. Esquire Digital’s legal analyst, Aron Solomon told Scott Budman of NBC Bay Area,”it seems to me that perhaps this is a startup employee working with the CEO who became disillusioned.” As…

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By Aron Solomon On Sunday, ESPN’s Jeff Passan broke the news that Major League Baseball would require teams to provide housing for Minor League players starting in 2022. While we await formal details of the league’s plan, the threshold question today is why is Major League Baseball, a league that has been so hesitant to spend the money necessary to support their Minor Leaguers, doing so now? While the answer might be that they realized it was finally the right time to do the right thing, a more skeptical and politically savvy analysis is that they realized they finally had…

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By Staff Writer As the Elizabeth Holmes trial continued on Thursday, jurors heard about more text messages from Elizabeth Holmes, along with more testimony about how optimism turned to disappointment and the loss of millions of dollars in investments. Theranos failed – we know that – but when did Elizabeth Homles know about it? The trial of Elizabeth Holmes, is to an extent, the story of how Walgreens was convinced to put the Palo Alto startup’s machines in its stores and test the blood of its customers. According to Aron Solomon of Esquire Digital, “the narrative that’s being created around…

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By Freddie Huynh Editors Note: This article originally appeared in Inside Sources Across the United States, consumers struggling with debt is far too common. Approximately one in four Americans face collections from overdue unsecured debt, while one in five individuals face serious delinquency lasting at least two years. Help for debt can be hard to find and does not always improve the situation. Two of the most common options available to consumers are Chapter 13 bankruptcy and debt settlement. Harvard Professor Will Dobbie and I analyzed those two options in a recently released study. This rigorous analysis compares the effectiveness of these…

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By Aron Solomon Editors Note: This article originally appeared in Inside Sources The other day I was stopped at a light with a police car directly behind me. The light turns green and I begin to make a right onto a main street. Out of nowhere, a cyclist jumps off the sidewalk and almost plows into me on the passenger side door. I hit the brakes, then motion to the cyclist to go around, and it’s all over. Or so I thought. A second later, I hear one siren bleep and see the police flashers on. My first reaction was, “It’s probably…

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By Staff Writer Testimony continued on Tuesday in the Elizabeth Holmes trial, as former Safeway CEO Steven Burd and former Walgreen’s Chief Financial Officer Wade Miquelon took the stand. Both former executives testified about how they were swayed to place Theranos machines in their stores, based on Holmes and former Theranos partner Sunny Balwani’s hype regarding partnerships they already had in place. NBC Bay Area’s Scott Budsman, reporting live from outside the courthouse, spoke with Aron Solomon, editor-in-chief of Today’s Esquire, and chief legal analyst for Esquire Digital. According to Solomon, “it becomes this kind of maelstrom of confidence. Well,…

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By Aron Solomon Canaries used to be sent into coal mines to detect carbon monoxide and other toxic gases. The canaries would be in a cage and would accompany the miners. If the canaries would show signs of illness or would die, the miners knew they needed to get out or perish themselves. With each day that passes, it’s becoming increasingly clear that Texas SB8 is that canary and that the Texas legislature knew it would have a very short life in both the social media and political coal mine. In a gruesome irony, SB8’s lifespan might be around 6…

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By Aron Solomon As someone who has closely followed the NFL for a bunch of decades, I struggle to think of coaches who transitioned from being at the top of the college game to a great start as a pro head coach. No one is going to have to strain themselves to make an argument that Urban Meyer has made such an admirable transition. Only a month into his first season as an NFL head coach, he has not only made himself unwelcome with his team, the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he is quickly entering dangerous legal territory. Just as many…

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