Cliff Michaels is a New York Times Bestseller, speaker, facilitator, venture capitalist, education activist & social entrepreneur. His e-courses & live training include money mastery, self discovery, forum training, time management, negotiation, leadership, entrepreneurship and more.
Cliff’s 1-minute lessons and 1-hour e-courses include challenge exercises, quizzes, completion certificates, and progress dashboards for teachers & trainers. Many lessons are based on Cliff’s bestseller, The 4 Essentials of Entrepreneurial Thinking, a mini-memoir & manifesto on life & business. The book debuted #1 on Amazon, passing Steve Jobs & Hunger Games (January 23, 2012).
Cliff is the Founder of Cliff Michaels & Associates, a mortgage, real estate and private equity firm which has closed over $500 million dollars since 1992. Cliff is also a founding investor in Expansive Ventures, a $100 million dollar global tech fund for early stage entrepreneurs. In 1999, Cliff also co-founded venture backed FirstUse.com, the world’s first online registry to pioneer digital notary technology.
From mid 90s to mid 2000s, Cliff served as president and forum trainer of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization Los Angeles (EO L.A), a premier network for entrepreneurs (10,000 members, 60 countries, 120 chapters). Cliff also launched EO’s first charity galas and student mentor programs.
A USC freshman in the 80s, Cliff challenged educators & professionals to rank essentials critical to success. Results validated his theory on gaps in education and corporate training. Today, many schools & companies teach The 4 Essentials.
Cliff’s mission is to inspire, give back, and raise the bar for education and social entrepreneurship. With each sale, free books and courses are donated to schools in need. Click here to sponsor a student or school of your choice!
Cliff’s other passions include support for kids at risk, global hunger, animal rights, creative arts, and the environment. When he’s not globetrotting, Cliff plays in Santa Monica with yoga pals, musicians, movie mavens, and his rescue pup, Lucy.