Hedge Funds

Rob Romero: Why I shorted Facebook and Zynga early


Q&A with the Connective Capital PM on making money from tech and energy losers.

Rob Romero
Most long/short technology and energy hedge funds invest in Silicon Valley from offices on the East Coast, far away from the hub of activity around the San Francisco Bay Area. That distance can lead to safer, long-biased bets, and unremarkable returns.

Investing from afar is not for Rob Romero. His Connective Capital Management makes a point of shorting tech and energy stocks from its home in Palo Alto, and using the team’s experience working for such companies as AMD, Broadcom and HP to inform its bets.

A former engineer and executive at Netsys