Karlani Capital

We build, buy, and invest in fast-growing technology-enabled companies that serve and enrich humanity.
What We Do

PHILOSOPHY

Karlani Capital fulfills our dream of an operating fund started by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. We love creating new ideas that change lives for the better, creating wealth for our entrepreneurs and their employees, creating new products that democratize humanity through better access or simpler ways to do things, and we love being part of the communities we serve.


We love life, period. While we do take our work very seriously, we don’t take ourselves very seriously. When it really comes down to it, we believe:

  • Our calling is improving lives by what we do.
  • Integrity is in our DNA.
  • Opportunity exists everywhere; we just have to find it.
  • If it doesn’t sell, we don’t do it.
  • Life is better when you’re laughing, through both happiness and sadness.

We’re looking for like-minded people who want to go on this journey with us,

with plenty of joy, laughter and occasional tears along the way,

enriching humanity through what we do.

VALUE PROPOSITION

Operating Fund

Karlani Capital has one main objective: to enable the growth and success of ideas that are original, interesting, and potentially useful to people. At the core, Karlani is an operating fund led by a group of master operators with the expertise to help grow companies from 1 to 1000+ employees, as well as from $1 to over a billion dollars in valuation, and even assist you into taking your company into the public markets. As your partner, our goal is to add exceptional value with every investment we make. But that’s not all. We want you enjoy the sheer exhilaration of being an entrepreneur.

Seasoned Entrepreneurs

As seasoned entrepreneurs, we know how emotionally and mentally draining it can sometimes be. Chances are that the pain points you are experiencing in your start-up are things we’ve already been through; and we’re happy to advise you through them. Our vast, combined expertise (which includes, though is not limited to, entrepreneurship, adtech, finance, HR, operations, technology, digital marketing, mobile technologies, retail and manufacturing) can help you attain the true potential of your idea or product.

Successful Growth

We will support your growth by helping you to determine strategy and future direction for successful growth, and enable you to thrive both financially and as a workplace of choice. We have a strong value system that aims to enrich humanity through what we do, which is reflected in our portfolio of partner companies.

INVESTMENT PROFILE

SECTORS

We thrive on opportunity, which means we’ll listen to almost any pitch. Traditionally most of our investments have some type of technical component. We’ve invested in companies ranging from fin-tech, to hydroponics, to eCommerce, to mobile and digital advertising. However it’s safe to say that we’ll likely pass if your start-up involves drawing of cats – but do keep us in mind for your Series Z round.

GEOGRAPHY

We’ve invested in companies on every continent except Antarctica. We’re perfectly fine venturing out of our comfort zone and investing in companies from different countries and states. It’s actually a plus as it gives us a great excuse to come visit for “business” purposes.

STAGE

We invest from early stage to Series A start-ups generating revenue; however we have participated in much later stages. Proof of concept and active userbase/sales is usually preferred if you want to charm the pants off us.

SIZE

We often invest anywhere from $100k to $2M+ in a round, and usually keep reserves stashed away in a shoe box under our mattresses for follow-on rounds. If you’re really convincing, we will able to allocate more than $2M.

GENDER

We see no gender, just entrepreneur. Regardless of whether you’re a woman, man or alien, we only focus on the type of person you are and the idea you have.

COMPANIES

THE ALL-STAR LINE UP

Rudy Karsan

Grand Poobah

Donald Volk

Silent Assassin

Nyla Koncurat

The Closer

Shahzil (Shaz) Amin

Shaaazam!
Rudy Karsan

Rudy Karsan

Grand Poobah

Nothing excites Rudy Karsan more than a great idea which he can grow and, in doing so, help change the world. He personally did that with Kenexa, which he founded and grew over 25 years to a billion-dollar enterprise, following which it was acquired by IBM in a record deal. Having also started a bunch of other companies along the way—some of which were successful while others were not—Rudy believes that entrepreneurship is something to be cherished and enjoyed to the fullest, as it’s an exhilarating journey. He is also passionate about job creation through meaningful work for all, as he believes that is the key to a fabulous future for humanity.

A self-confessed geek, Rudy is inspired by out-of-the-box technology that is in sync with his constant endeavor to help make people’s lives better in some way. He possesses the rare combination of a strong background in actuarial science with the ability to dream big, which has paved the way for his success as an entrepreneur. Together, these paved the way for his new venture, Karlani Capital, an operating fund that aims to “enable the growth and success of ideas that are original, interesting and potentially useful to people.”

Rudy has been recognized multiple times for his entrepreneurial and humanitarian achievements and is the author of a New York Times bestselling book, “We: How to Increase Performance and Profits through Full Engagement,” which illustrates many of his personal beliefs with respect to organizational and career success. Rudy attributes his personal success to the unconditional support of his family, which he considers his greatest achievement.

Donald Volk

Donald Volk

Silent Assassin

Donald (Don) Volk managed Kenexa’s finances from 1996 through 2013, and played a major role in the growth and development of the company through his systematic approach to financial stewardship. In addition, he provided Kenexa’s customers the security of knowing that an experienced Chief Financial Officer oversees the company’s assets. Don has been a Certified Public Accountant for more than 30 years and, prior to joining Kenexa, was a partner in the accounting firm of Brinker, Simpson, Nicastro & Volk. Don holds a Master of Science degree in Taxation from Villanova University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Villanova University.

Nyla Koncurat

Nyla Koncurat

The Closer

Nyla Koncurat is responsible for sourcing, executing and leading new investments as well as co-managing the firm. Nyla leverages her background as an entrepreneur and former investment banker to serve as an advisor to Karlani’s Portfolio CEOs and management teams. Before co-founding Karlani Capital, Nyla launched and operated a restaurant and private event facility in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Prior to that, she worked at J.P. Morgan in their New York-based Diversified Industrials Investment Banking Group gaining experience in M&A and capital raising for the transportation and logistics sectors. Nyla graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics.

Shahzil (Shaz) Amin

Shahzil (Shaz) Amin

Shaaazam!

Shahzil Amin, who goes by Shaz as many people butcher his real name, is the founder of two companies on two different ends of the spectrum. The first is Blue Track Media, a performance-based online advertising company which he started right out of high school. The second is Plugged Inc., which is a premium headphone brand inspired by verge culture that he started during his senior year in college. In April 2014, Blue Track Media was acquired by Karlani Capital, where Shaz now takes on the role of managing partner.

In his free time he loves watching and competitively playing basketball and various other sports. He’s a huge Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Cowboys fan, so don’t dare to talk trash about his teams. He’s also a sucker for midnight movie premieres and Buffalo Wild Wings. He values sincere, hard-working people with big hearts and is always happy to help out where he can. Although he’s now a Managing Partner with Karlani, he still considers himself an entrepreneur and will never lose that hustler mentality. He urges people he doesn’t know to reach out to him anytime, whether via email or in person, and introduce themselves and their ideas. Shaz graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Finance, however he prefers to be known as a graduate of the School of Hard Knocks.

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