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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 first 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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