Cliff Michaels is a New York Times Bestseller, mortgage and real estate broker, venture capitalist, facilitator, and founder of companies in finance, education, and technology.
Launched in 1992 and thriving today, Cliff Michaels & Associates provides personal and business lending, brokerage, asset analysis, and global resources for CPAs, business managers, and entrepreneurs. Built on a premise that trust, communication, and experience matter, services include: residential & commercial loans, venture capital, estate planning, loss mitigation, SBA Loans, invoice & equipment finance, and a comprehensive network for education, entertainment, and technology entrepreneurs.
Career Highlights: In 1994, Cliff Founded Knowledge Cafe, the first online catalog to feature personal growth and business-audio 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 President of the Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization L.A (YEO/EO today: 15,000+ members, 60+ countries). Cliff developed YEO’s first forum training manual, mentor programs, and charitable galas. In 2005, Cliff was a Founding Investor in Granite Peak Partners, a commercial real estate fund, and in 2016, Cliff presented “Imagineering Ideas into Action” at TEDxLA Imagine Week.
In 2012, Cliff’s Bestseller The 4 Essentials (A Misfit’s Journey to Mindset, Strategies, Values & Purpose), launched #1 on Amazon and #3 NY Times (originally titled The 4 Essentials of Entrepreneurial Thinking). This street-smart memoir is loaded with life hacks and amazing short essays about Cliff’s famous mentors. Enjoy on audio, e-book, paperback!
Education Breakthrough: As a student mentor and entrepreneur, Cliff identified gaps in academic and corporate training over a 25-year period. In 2020, the launch of Easy-Teach LMS for WordPress; a groundbreaking Learning Management System, is the culmination of that work. EasyTeach will provide instructors, schools, and companies with an affordable, customizable, and user-friendly e-learning platform.
Giving Back: With each sale, Cliff provides FREE E-courses & tools to students and schools in need. Topics include self & team discovery, negotiation, communication, entrepreneurship, and basic money mastery. Cliff is also an active supporter of kids at risk, the arts, and young entrepreneurs.
Cliff and his Rescue Pup Lucy live in Santa Barbara & Los Angeles where passions include music, films, yoga, hiking, and screenwriting.