Cliff Michaels is a real estate broker, venture capitalist, NY Times Bestseller, and founder of companies in finance, education, and technology. Launched in 1992Cliff Michaels & Associates (CMA) provides a global network to CPAs, attorneys, wealth managers, entrepreneurs, entertainers, and high-net-worth families.

Career Highlights: In addition to serving as Broker/CEO of CMA for over 25 years, Cliff Founded Knowledge Cafe in 1995, one of the first online catalogs for life and business learning programs (sold 1996). In 1999, Cliff Co-Founded venture-backed FirstUse Online Registry, the world’s first Digital Notary platform. From 1996-2004, Cliff was a President & Forum Chair of the Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization L.A (YEO/EO), where he developed EO’s first forum handbook, student-mentor programs, and charitable galas. In 2005, Cliff was a Founding Investor in Granite Peak Partners, a commercial real estate fund. In 2016, Cliff presented his  workshop Imagineering Ideas at TEDxLA Imagine Week.

New York Times Bestseller: Cliff’s first book The 4 Essentials  (A Misfit’s Journey to Mindset, Strategies, Values & Purpose), launched #1 on Amazon, #1 Barnes & Noble, and #3 New York Times. The book includes a street-smart memoir and lessons from over 100 famous mentors (audio, e-book, paperback).

Education Innovation: Cliff battled dyslexia as a child. As an adult, he identified gaps in academic and corporate training systems which inspired his book The 4 Essentials. In an effort to simplify and democratize global education, Cliff will launch Easy-Teach LMS for WordPress in Q2 2020. With support from Incubate USC and the Ed-Tech Cohort at USC’s Rossier School of EducationEasy-Teach will provide instructors, schools, and companies with an affordable and customizable e-learning platform.

Giving Back: With each sale, Cliff provides FREE E-courses & tools to kids at risk and schools in need. Topics include self & team discovery, career strategies, negotiation, communication, entrepreneurship, and basic money mastery. To support your favorite student or school, e-mail your request to

Cliff and his Rescue Pup Lucy live in Los Angeles. Passions include writing, yoga, music, films, travel, philanthropy, and mentoring young entrepreneurs.