Tekin Salimi

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Tekin Salimi
Tekin Salimi 2021.jpg
Born (1988-05-25) May 25, 1988 (age 35)
Bursa, Turkey
Alma mater
  • Venture Capitalist
  • Lawyer
  • Polychain Capital
  • Blockchain Association
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)

Tekin Salimi (born May 25, 1988) is a venture capitalist and lawyer from Toronto, Canada.[1][2] He is a partner at Polychain Capital,[3] an investment firm that specializes in blockchain and cryptocurrency technology.[4][5]

Salimi is most recognized for his extensive experience in cryptographic digital assets and blockchain technology.[6]

Salimi has been featured in several media outlets for his contribution to the blockchain industry such as CoinDesk,[7] CoinTelegraph, VentureBeat, Forbes,[8] Guardian,[9] Ocean Drive,[10] Latestly,[11] Tech Bullion, WFMZ,[12] Tech Times,[13] Digital Journal,[14] and others.

Early life and education

Salimi was born on 25 May 1988 in Bursa, Turkey. A year after his birth, his family moved to Canada, where Salimi grew up. After completing his high school education in 2006, Salimi attended Ryerson University where he pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree. During his time there, he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.

In 2012, Salimi enrolled at Osgoode Hall Law School to pursue his Juris Doctor in law. During his time at Osgoode, Salimi also completed exchange program studying at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem,[15] Israel as well as the National University of Singapore.

Salimi graduated in the top 10% of his class at Osgoode Hall Law School and was the recipient of the 2013 McMillan LLP Award, 2014 Stuart A. Roebuck Osgoode Undergraduate Memorial Scholarship, and was also the winner of the Torys Moot Cup.


Salimi, soon after graduating from Osgoode Hall Law School, started his career as a corporate lawyer at Torys LLP.[16] He worked for over two years at the firm, where he focused on private and public M&A, debt finance, and securities law.[17]

In 2018, Salimi joined Polychain Capital, a digital asset firm that gained mass recognition for its global adoption of cryptocurrencies, raising over $10 M from several venture industry investors including Andreessen Horowitz, Founders Fund, Union Square Ventures Sequoia Capital, and others.[18]

Personal life

Salimi is fluent in English and Farsi. He is an active chess player and competed in Chess.com’s 2021 “Crypto Champ’s” tournament, ultimately losing to Surojit Chatterjee of Coinbase in the semi-finals.[19][20]

In the media



  1. "Tekin Salimi - General Partner @ Polychain - Crunchbase Person Profile". Crunchbase. Retrieved 15 September 2021.
  2. "tekinsalimi - Overview". GitHub. Retrieved 15 September 2021.
  3. "Tekin Salimi". Creative Destruction Lab. Retrieved 15 September 2021.
  4. "About – Tekin Salimi". Medium. Retrieved 15 September 2021.
  5. "Q&A with Tekin Salimi on the State of the Cryptocurrency Industry". ca.finance.yahoo.com. Retrieved 15 September 2021.
  6. "Tekin Salimi - Block123". www.block123.com. Retrieved 15 September 2021.
  7. "CoinDesk: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Crypto News and Price Data". CoinDesk: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Crypto News and Price Data. Retrieved 15 September 2021.
  8. Herd, Thomas. "Tekin Salimi Highlights The Sustained Relevancy Of The DAO Model". Forbes. Retrieved 15 September 2021.
  9. "Tekin Salimi, Crypto investor, Bullish on new seed round with clover finance". The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News. 22 July 2021. Retrieved 15 September 2021.
  10. "Crypto Pioneer Tekin Salimi Elucidates Why The DAO Is A Cornerstone To Blockchain Commerce". oceandrive.com. Retrieved 15 September 2021.
  11. "Q&A with Tekin Salimi on the State of the Cryptocurrency Industry | 🚘 LatestLY". LatestLY. 26 January 2021. Retrieved 15 September 2021.
  12. Coinbase, Chess com. "CryptoChamps Chess Tournament Powered by Coinbase is June 12-13". WFMZ.com. Retrieved 15 September 2021.
  13. Jones, Patrick (14 May 2021). "Crypto Professional Tekin Salimi Focuses On The DAO Archetype". Tech Times. Retrieved 15 September 2021.
  14. Herd, Thomas (23 April 2021). "Tekin Salimi Re-Establishes The DAO Archetype For Crypto Markets". Digital Journal. Retrieved 15 September 2021.
  15. "Crypto Investor Tekin Salimi Explores The Evolutionary Implications Of D". The Jerusalem Post | JPost.com. Retrieved 15 September 2021.
  16. contributor, M. D. (4 August 2021). "Tekin Salimi on Clover Finance's Potential to Reinvent DeFi Interoperability". Medical Daily. Retrieved 15 September 2021. {{cite web}}: |last1= has generic name (help)
  17. TechBullion, Angela Scott-Briggs (21 February 2021). "Polychain Capital- Guided By Tekin Salimi- Leads A $3 Million Seed Round For Clover Finance". TechBullion. Retrieved 15 September 2021.
  18. "Tekin Salimi - CypherHunter". www.cypherhunter.com. Retrieved 15 September 2021.
  19. "Will Surojit Chatterjee or Tekin Salimi win in their CryptoChamps Semifinals chess match?". polymarket.com. Retrieved 15 September 2021.
  20. "CryptoChamps Chess Tournament Powered by Coinbase is June 12-13". www.prnewswire.com. Retrieved 15 September 2021.

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