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Vishal Garg is the CEO and founder of the startup, an online mortgage company. Just before the holidays in 2021, Vishal terminated 900 employees on a zoom call.  You can watch it here.

After giving the ax to 900 employees, he took ‘time off.’ The NY Times reports that he recently returned to the company after spending time with a coach.


CNN reports that Vishal on another occasion sent an email to staff with the following language. “You are TOO DAMN SLOW. You are a bunch of DUMB DOLPHINS… SO STOP IT. STOP IT. STOP IT RIGHT NOW. YOU ARE EMBARRASSING ME.”

Dolphins often top the list of most intelligent sea creatures.

Vishal might be smart, but smart people do dumb things. 

Zoom termination:

What’s wrong with using Zoom to terminate people? It’s more personal than email.

Don’t be aghast that 900 people were on the call. They were in their own homes. It may feel impersonal, but an individual call from the CEO would have taken approximately 6 weeks to make. (Allowing for 15/20 minutes for each employee.)

Zoom isn’t the problem; lack of empathy and compassion is. (Watch the video if you doubt that.)

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