Education: BS In Finance And International Business
Age: 42 Years
Some Lesser Known Facts About Vishal Garg
Vishal Garg is an American entrepreneur who hails from India. He is the founder of the mortgage lending company ‘Better.com.’
When he was seven years old, his family shifted to Queens, Boroughs of New York City, US.
He made a huge profit from reselling CliffsNotes study guides & books, and second-hand clothes while he was studying at Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan.
After completing his graduation, he started working at ‘Morgan Stanley’ a financial services company in New York, in 1998.
He co-founded ‘One Zero Capital’ founded the New York-based investment holding company in March 1999.
In January 2020, he started an online student loan provide company MyRichUncle (parents company MRU Holdings) along with his school classmate Raza Khan. The initial capital investment was made by Raza’s elder brother.
He became a founding partner in ‘Phoenix Holdings,’ an insurance company in March 2011.
He started the mortgage lending company ‘Better.com’ in January 2014, in Greater New York City, US. Within a few years, his company was listed among one of the top mortgage lending companies in the US. ‘Better.com’ is backed by many renowned financial institutions such as SoftBank, L Catterton, Kleiner Perkins, Goldman Sachs, Ally Bank, American Express, Citi, and other investors. In 2020, the company was listed on Forbes Fintech 50 list.
During an interview, he shared how he thought of starting a mortgage lending company. He said,
My wife was pregnant with our second child and we were still renting. We ended up losing a place that we wanted to buy to an all-cash buyer because our mortgage process was so long and inefficient.”
In collaboration with the Fund for Public Schools in NYC, he donated around 2 million US dollars for public schools’ students in New York to provide them Chromebooks, iPads, wifi hotspots, books, and uniforms for more than 20,000 in 2021.
In December 2021, he received huge backlash for firing 900 of his employees on a single Zoom call. Later, he sent an apology mail to his employees stating that,
I want to apologize for the way I handled the layoffs last week. I failed to show the appropriate amount of respect and appreciation for the individuals who were affected and for their contributions to Better. I own the decision to do the layoffs, but in communicating it I blundered the execution. In doing so, I embarrassed you. I realize that the way I communicated this news made a difficult situation worse. I am deeply sorry and am committed to learning from this situation and doing more to be the leader that you expect me to be. At Better, your dedication, focus and expertise are essential in the vital work we are doing to unlock the value, joy and opportunity of homeownership for our customers across the country. I couldn’t be more grateful for all you are accomplishing for the customers we serve. We will talk more at our upcoming All Hands meeting about what to expect for the year ahead. I hope you’ll join me for the discussion. We are also taking fast steps to make sure we are very transparent and aligned as a company on the goals for 2022, the metrics that matter most, and how we can all work together even better to serve our customers and achieve our mission. I believe in you, I believe in Better, and I believe that working together we can make homeownership better together.-Thank you, Vishal.”
A few days later, one of his ex-employees, shared Vishal’s previous mail which he had sent to his employees. The mail reads,
HELLO — WAKE UP BETTER TEAM. You are TOO DAMN SLOW. You are a bunch of DUMB DOLPHINS and…DUMB DOLPHINS get caught in nets and eaten by sharks. SO STOP IT. STOP IT. STOP IT RIGHT NOW. YOU ARE EMBARRASSING ME.”