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Better.com CEO Vishal Garg returns to work amid controversy regarding his leadership

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After a month-long “break,” Better.com CEO Vishal Garg is back at the helm of the mortgage tech company he co-founded in 2016, according to an internal memo that circulated today that has been shared with TechCrunch.
In the memo, the Better board of directors said it was “moving forward with strong, dynamic CEO leadership.”
The move comes just weeks after the company announced it was laying off 900 people, or about 9% of its staff, via a Zoom meeting with the affected employees that drew widespread criticism from employees and even casual observers. In the 10 days after that meeting took place, the company’s reputation took a very public beating, with senior communications and public relations executives stepping down, memes of Garg circulating on TikTok and the CEO issuing a so-called apology for his behavior.
The company hired a crisis firm in the aftermath of the botched lay …

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