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 useful to people. At the core, Karlani is an operating fund lead by a group of master operators with the expertise to help grow companies from 1 to 1,000+ employees, as well as from $1 to over a billion dollars in valuation, and even assist you in 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 building your business can 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, technology, finance, adtech, enterprise software, sales execution, HR, operations, product development, ecommerce, digital marketing, branding, mobile tech, 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 define your business’ strategy and future direction for successful growth. Our singular objective is to help you execute; not to add reporting requirements. Our portfolio companies have told us they love the discipline we help bring, and that we enable them 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; however, all our investments have some type of technical component. We have invested in companies ranging from fintech to adtech and ecommerce to enterprise software. It's safe to say that we'll likely pass if your start-up involves drawing of cats.

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. Not only do we get to take a fun "business trip", but we relentlessly believe in an increasingly global world and expect our portfolio companies to align with that philosophy.

STAGE

We generally invest from early stage to Series B startups generating revenue; however, we have participated in later rounds of financing. Proof of concept and active users / sales is required to charm the pants off us. We are also open to being creative around financing options and have extended venture debt.

SIZE

We invest $100k to $2m+ in a round. Our goal is to find companies that we go on a long-term journey with and have more than a few cash stacks under our mattresses to follow-on rounds.

COMPANIES

THE ALL-STAR LINE UP

Rudy Karsan

Donald Volk

Nyla Koncurat

Shahzil (Shaz) Amin

Rudy Karsan

Rudy Karsan

Managing Partner

Rudy Karsan is a technology entrepreneur and investor. Nothing excites him more than a great idea and a stellar team of executors who he can work with to help build a world-changing business.  Rudy founded Kenexa, an enterprise SaaS company, and grew it to a billion-dollar enterprise which was acquired by IBM in a record deal. He knows the highs and lows of success and failure (both of which he has had a lot of) and gets his energy from working with fellow risk-takers who appreciate the exhilarating journey of entrepreneurship.

A self-confessed geek, Rudy is a numbers guy at heart (Rudy was the youngest barred Actuary in Canada); however, his true passion is working with people. He firmly believes that a lot of focus, a genuine desire to help others, and a little bit of luck is a winning recipe. That philosophy paved the way for Karlani Capital, an operating fund that aims to “enable the growth and success of ideas that are original, interesting and useful to people.”

Rudy hates small talk, loves reading, consumes a border-line unhealthy amount of Coca-Cola, and is proud to call his family his greatest achievement.  He 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.

Donald Volk

Donald Volk

Managing Partner

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. You are most likely to find Don reading financial statements (for fun), spending time with his family, or on the golf course.

Nyla Koncurat

Nyla Koncurat

Managing Partner

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 phi beta kappa from Emory University with a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics.

Shahzil (Shaz) Amin

Shahzil (Shaz) Amin

Managing Partner

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.

CONTACT US

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Submit business plans to ideas@karlani.com.