Cliff Michaels is a VC, broker, lender, and forum facilitator. He’s been Founder/CEO of companies in real estate, finance, education, and technology. Cliff Michaels & Associates was launched in 1992 to provide a global network for investors, entrepreneurs, and creative artists. The firm specializes in residential and commercial loans, broker selection, business consulting, and early-stage venture planning.

Leadership: From 1996-2004, Cliff served as President, Forum, and Education Chair for the L.A Chapter of Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization (YEO). From 1999-2004, Cliff also developed YEO’s first student-mentor programs & philanthropic galas. Known today as EO, the exclusive peer-to-peer juggernaut has 13,000+ members and 188+ chapters in 58+ countries.

Career Highlights: In 1995, Cliff Founded Knowledge Cafe, one of the first online catalogs to promote health and wealth programs. In 1999, Cliff co-founded venture-backed FirstUse Online Registry (the world’s first online platform with Digital Notary technology, a company that raised the bar for global time-stamping and dispute resolution. In 2005, Cliff was a Founding Investor in Granite Peak Partners, a commercial real estate fund in Santa Barbara, CA. In 2016, Cliff was honored to present his pioneering workshop “Imagineering Ideas Into Action” at TEDxLA Imagine Week.

Education Game-Changer: Cliff is the Founder & Chairman of Easy-Teach LMS, a dynamic Learning Management System for WordPress (Launching 2020). Easy Teach will enable teachers, trainers, schools, and companies to have an affordable, customizable, and easy-to-launch e-course platform, without the usual time and cost of complex software. Learn more at

NY Times Bestseller: Cliff’s book debut, The 4 Essentials (A Misfit’s Journey to Mindset, Strategies, Values & Purpose), launched #1 on Amazon, debuted #3 New York Times, and hit the Bestseller Charts of USA Today, Barnes & Noble, and The Wall Street Journal. The book includes a street-smart memoir of Cliff’s entrepreneurial journey, and lessons from over 100 famous mentors (audio, e-book & paperback). 

Giving Back: Cliff provides FREE E-courses & tools  to kids at risk, creative artists, and schools in need. Topics include self & team discovery, career strategies, project planning, forum training, negotiation, communication, entrepreneurship, and basic money mastery.

Cliff and his rescue pup Lucy live in Los Angeles. Passions include writing, yoga, music, films, storytelling, travel, and mentoring the next generation of entrepreneurs.