Reviled Pharma CEO Holds Epic AMA on Reddit

Martin Shkreli says recent brouhaha over his price gouging is good for his love life
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2015 9:14 AM CDT
Reviled Pharma CEO Holds Epic AMA on Reddit
Shkreli's not mad, bros.   (Reddit)

Perhaps trying to win back customers who are likely defecting to his new competitor, Martin Shkreli took to Reddit in an epic "Ask Me Anything" session that lasted from Saturday evening well into Sunday (with breaks), per his Twitter feed. In what TechCrunch calls "one of the most extensive AMAs of all time," the Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO didn't shy away from questions, with TechCrunch noting that he "gave a response (not always an answer) to almost every question that users posed to him in the AMA, contributing over 600 comments to the thread over the course of several hours." What was on the table: anything and everything, from his pharma company's PR debacle to the 2016 POTUS race to his love life. Shkreli seemed to take to the AMA format, tweeting, "Lots of support on Reddit. Twitter is way more toxic."

TechCrunch's Lucas Matney took it upon himself to compile his favorite Shkreli comments, including his book recommendations ("anything about Warren Buffett), nonchalance toward being called "the biggest douche in the world right now" ("I don't mind!"), and even some regrets (he calls himself a "flippant jackass" for not explaining the price increase for Daraprim more carefully). Perhaps the most interesting thing Shkreli learned from the latest Turing incident is that "personally: this is the best possible way to get girls" (which is good timing, since he's "trying to find a woman to marry, too"). But some are cringing at his AMA confessional, with one Twitter commenter asking, "Are you doing this with your PR guy's approval … or in spite of them?," while another pipes in, "This is gonna go about as well as you jacking up the price on Daraprim." (There's one presidential candidate whom Shkreli has a beef with.)

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