How Silicon Valley fervor explains Elizabeth Holmes' 11-year prison sentence

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Elizabeth Holmes was sentenced to 11 years in federal prison last week in San Jose, Calif., after a jury convicted her earlier this year of defrauding investors through her former blood-testing company, Theranos. Nic Coury/AP

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Elizabeth Holmes’ 11-year prison sentence would not have been possible without the zeal the moneyed class has for Silicon Valley startups.

When U.S. District Judge Edward Davila ordered prison time for the former CEO last week, one thing was pivotal: How much money investors had lost

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