Professional Profile • 25 Years of Service

Cliff Michaels is a real estate broker-strategist, VC, entrepreneur, forum facilitator, and education activist. For 25 years, he’s also been a founder of companies in technology, consulting, and private-equity investments. Philanthropic work supports the arts, global learning, and kids at risk.

Cliff Michaels & Associates was launched in 1992 to provide a network of brokers, lenders, and strategists for creatives, investors, and entrepreneurs. The firm has consulted and closed thousands of transactions ranging from residential and commercial projects to emerging start ups. Cliff is a Founding Member and L.A Ambassador of International Deal Gateway, a digital marketplace for entrepreneurs ( Cliff was also a Founding Investor in Granite Peak Partners (a commercial real estate fund based in Santa Barbara, CA).

NY Times Bestselling Author: Cliff’s debut book The 4 Essentials (A Misfit’s Journey to Mindset, Strategies, Values & Purpose), launched #1 on Amazon, #3 New York Times, and climbed the Bestseller Lists of USA Today, Barnes & Noble, and The Wall Street Journal. This street-smart memoir includes Cliff’s personal journey and lessons from over 100 famous mentors through time (Socrates to Spielberg). The book also presents a paradigm shift in global education (audio, e-book & paperback).

Education Activism: With a passion for mentoring students and global learning, Cliff Founded Easy-Teach LMS, a groundbreaking Learning Management System for WordPress (in beta development). Teachers, trainers, schools, and companies will soon have an affordable and customizable solution to provide world-class online courses without the usual time, cost, and aggravation of complex software. Learn more at

Music, Film & Television: A ghostwriter and career consultant to entertainment clients since the 90s, Cliff is currently developing a pioneering Film and Series featuring Creatives and Innovators who impact education, economics, and happiness worldwide. To support, email:

Pioneering Ventures: From 1996-2004, Cliff served as President, Forum Trainer, and Education Chair of the L.A Chapter Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization (a premier global network for entrepreneurs, known today as EO. During its decade, Cliff developed YEO L.A’s first student mentor programs & philanthropic galas. EO now has over over 13,000 members (58 countries, 188 chapters). In 1999, Cliff also co-founded the world’s first online platform to feature digital-notary technology (FirstUse Online Registry). The venture-backed start-up raised the bar for digital time-stamping and dispute resolution and is chronicled through the Diary-of-a-Dotcom chapter within The 4 Essentials.

Giving Back: Cliff Michaels & Associates provides FREE workshops and E-courses for personal & professional growth. Topics include self & team discovery, career & resume tips, goal & project planning, social intelligence, forum training, negotiation, entrepreneurship, and basic money mastery.

Today! Cliff and his rescue pup Lucy live in Los Angeles. Passions include yoga, music, films, storytelling, travel, and shenanigans at a dog park near you!