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Steven N. Miller is a principal and co-founder of Chicago-based Origin Ventures. Prior to co-founding Origin, Miller spent 10 years at Quill Corp., which is a direct marketer of office products that was started by his family in 1956.

His experience at Quill included running the Canadian distribution center as well as buying and merchandising a $30 million product line. Miller’s final two years at Quill were devoted to starting up its e-commerce operation.

He wrote the business plan for the company’s first Web site at Quill.com and managed the team that executed it to $15 million in annual revenue. In 1998, the Miller family sold Quill to Staples for more than $1 billion.

Miller serves on the boards of two companies: VideoHomeTours.com and iNest. He is a founding member of Prairie Angels, which is an action-oriented private group whose goal is to match funding from seed-stage investors with entrepreneurs in the Midwest.

He is also an active board member of the not-for-profit organization i.c. stars, which provides inner-city young adults with technology training and leadership development.

In 1987, he received his bachelor’s in business administration and marketing from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Origin Ventures Founder Steven Miller on the Canadian Way ePrairie columnist Michael Muth sat down with Miller about Canadian distribution and work mentality.

Origin Ventures Co-Founder Steven Miller on Investments, Angels

ePrairie columnist Michael Muth concludes his Q&A with Origin Ventures co-founder Steven Miller by delving into his take on angels and investments.

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