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Better.com CEO Vishal Garg says he’s on the hook for a $ 750 million SoftBank loan – TechCrunch

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  • On the hook: Here’s what Better.com CEO Vishal Garg talks about SoftBank’s $ 750 million loan. Garg takes personal responsibility for the loan, he is responsible for any losses. However, the company may also suffer because any loss may require it to sell a large number of its shares to Better.com, which could negatively affect the shares. Still a mess, no matter how you look at it.
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