Better was founded in 2016 by Vishal Garg and is headquartered in New York, NY. The company is reportedly planning to go public in August 2023 after its proposal to combine with Aurora Acquisition Corp., a special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC) was approved by shareholders. The merger could bring at least $500M in new capital from SoftBank, with the potential for another $200M if Novator utilizes its $100M option, which SoftBank would have to match.
Better is a digital homeownership company with services including mortgage, real estate and homeowners’ insurance, aiming to make “homeownership simpler, faster – and most importantly, more accessible to all Americans.” Since its founding through mid 2021, Better has funded over $45B in home loans and raised over $400M in equity capital. In 2018, Better patterned with Ally Bank to build Ally powered by Better, and in 2021, Better acquired Trussle, a UK online mortgage banker. Better’s current valuation is $7.7B.
These comments should not be interpreted to mean that the company is formally pursuing or foregoing an IPO.