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HBO's 'The Inventor' Led Us to the Inspiring Story of Dan Ariely

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If you haven’t watched HBO’s documentary The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley, we suggest you do so immediately. Though it follows the rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes, the Theranos founder who scammed millions of dollars from investors, a far more inspiring story emerged from our viewing of the film.

One of the people interviewed for the doc is behavioral economist Dan Ariely, who commented on Elizabeth’s innate ability to draw in investors. However, the Duke University professor suffered something far worse than public humiliation in his past — a horrific event that left him permanently scarred and only able to grow half a beard.

Here’s a quick look at how the brilliant educator turned a near-death experience into a lucrative career studying human behavior.