Oral History of Avram Miller
Interviewed by Dane Elliot on 2013-08-19 in Mountain View, California
This oral history is intended to focus on Avram Miller, his contributions and insights into what became Intel Capital. Avram was at Intel from 1984 through 1999. Prior to Intel, Avram was a Merchant Seaman, worked in the Medical Informatics field, worked for Digital Equipment Corporation in its prime and was the CEO of Franklin Computer, an early direct competitor of Apple. Joining Intel in 1984, Avram supplied much of the computer systems direction that provided growth in retail and enterprise computing. He helped Intel develop and, in some cases, divest themselves of technology and product lines that fueled growth in the late 80s. He was extremely interested in facilitating communications development and largely responsible for pushing both internal Ethernet technology and the broadband cable modem at Intel. As Intel began to pull their investment efforts under a common structure, Avram continued his business development efforts in what became Corporate Business Development or CBD and later Intel Capital. When Avram departed Intel in 1999, Intel Capital was the largest and most successful venture investor in existence.