Citations for the Recode Handshake Debunking

Instead of covering tech used to fight the novel coronavirus, Recode covered handshakes. Unfortunately, they messed that up too.

Balaji S. Srinivasan
4 min readFeb 15, 2020



On February 7, a Recode journalist reached out with a request for comment that immediately raised my eyebrows.

  • I had context, and called it out on Twitter in advance here
  • Some back and forth ensued.
  • Here was the subsequent article (archive link).
  • And here was my response as a series of tweets.

Twitter didn’t have space to include citation links for each tweet in the response, so I’m doing that below.

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After this point, I won’t keep linking the Recode piece, even though it is cited in many of the tweets below.

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And for color:

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Not sure we need any cites here :)

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That’s all, folks!


The whole thing can be summarized in a few tweets :)



Balaji S. Srinivasan

MIT TR35, Stanford PhD, papers in clinical/microbial genomics. Cofounder/CTO of diagnostics co sold for $375M. Former CTO of Coinbase, GP Andreessen Horowitz.