A former classmate of mine (who was fairly popular) seems to be the ultimate short idea generator (all his employers ended up being exceptionally great shorts). If you look at his resume, he looks like the guy you’d want to hire… I’ll let the world (and the all-knowing head-hunters) believe that. As far as I’m concerned, he’s an incredible idea generator. For short ideas…
2006-2008 – Bulge-bracket, “too big to fail” investment bank (phenomenal short)
2008-2009 – Private equity (phenomenal short)
2009-2011 – Obama Administration – Clean-tech investments (phenomenal short… think Solyndra)
2011 – GroupOn (Phenomenal short)
2011-Present – Mobile/Social Commerce ….