Cliff Michaels is a real estate, mortgage & venture strategist, NY Times Bestseller, and founder of companies in finance, education, and technology. Launched in 1992, Cliff Michaels & Associates (CMA) provides consulting, broker networks, and lending resources to CPAs, attorneys, wealth managers, entrepreneurs, entertainers, and high-net-worth families.
Career Highlights: In addition to CMA, 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 President, Educati0n Chair, and Forum Chair of the Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization L.A (YEO/EO – 15,000 members in over 60 countries). Cliff developed EO’s first 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 creative 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 is a street-smart memoir with 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 2020, one of Cliff’s passion projects will be the launch of Easy-Teach LMS for WordPress. Designed and Founded by Cliff in an effort to democratize anytime-anywhere education, Easy-Teach will provide teachers, schools, and companies of all sizes with a more affordable and customizable 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, career strategies, negotiation, communication, entrepreneurship, and basic money mastery. Cliff is also an active supporter of Human Rights, Kids at Risk, The Arts, The Environment, and serves several charitable boards for children with disabilities.
Cliff and his Rescue Pup Lucy live in Los Angeles. Passions include music, films, writing, yoga, and mentoring young entrepreneurs around the world.