Steven N. Miller

Steven N. Miller is a principal and co-founder of Origin Ventures. Prior to co-founding Origin, Steve spent 10 years at Quill Corporation, a direct marketer of office products started by his family in 1956. His experience there included running the Canadian distribution center as well as P&L responsibility for a $30 Million product line. Steve’s final two years at Quill were devoted to starting up the e-commerce operation. He wrote the business plan for the company’s first web site,, and managed the team that executed it to $15 Million in annual revenue. The Miller family sold Quill to Staples in 1998 for over $1 Billion.

Steve serves on the boards of VHT and Shoutlet. Prior to its sale in 2004, he served on the board of directors of iNest. He was also an investor and advisor at, before it was acquired by Time Inc. in early 2006.

He serves on the board of US Empowered, which furnishes urban students with the resources, support and networks that make higher education a reality. Steve is a board member and committee chair of the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, as well as the Better Government Association. He is a longtime board member of the not-for-profit organization i.c.stars, which provides inner-city young adults with technology training and leadership development. He is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, and the University of Illinois Foundation.

Steve received a B.S. degree in Business Administration/Marketing from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987, where he now serves on the Dean’s Business Council and the board of the Hillel Foundation. He also provides the funding for the Steven N. Miller Entrepreneurial Scholarships and the Diane & Steven N. Miller Endowed Professorship in Business at the University of Illinois.

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