CLIFF MICHAELS is a real estate broker, mortgage consultant, facilitator, strategic coach, social entrepreneur, and New York Times Bestselling Author. Launched in 1992, Cliff Michaels & Associates specializes in residential & commercial properties, venture capital, and strategic coaching. As a Founder of companies in finance, education, & technology, Cliff’s biggest passion has been mentoring young entrepreneurs and kids in need.


In 1994, Cliff Founded Knowledge Cafe, the first online catalog to feature personal & business growth audio programs. In 1999, Cliff also Co-Founded venture-backed FirstUsethe world’s first Digital Notary platform to raise the bar for digital time-stamping & intellectual-property rights management.

From 1996-2004, Cliff was President of the Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization Los Angeles Chapter, the word’s premier peer network for Founding entrepreneurs (chapters now in 60+ countries). Cliff developed EO’s first forum-training manual, mentor programs & charity galas.

In 2012, Cliff’s NY Times Bestseller The 4 Essentials  (A Misfit’s Journey to Mindset, Strategies, Values & Purpose), launched #1 on Barnes & Noble and Amazon, and Top 50 on the charts of WSJ and USA Today. Originally titled The 4 Essentials of Entrepreneurial Thinking What Successful People Didn’t Learn in School, Cliff’s street-smart memoir touched on gaps in education such as peer-to-peer experiential learning. The book includes a mini-memoir, life hacks, and fun stories about historical mentors (audio, e-book, paperback).

In 2016, Cliff presented his signature workshop “Imagineering Ideas” for TEDxLA Imagine Week. Highlights from this talk are featured in Cliff’s live forums and E-courses.

In 2021, Cliff will launch EasyTeach LMS, a dynamic & customizable Learning Management System for WordPress. The EasyTeach mission will provide a more accessible, affordable, and high-impact resource for educators and learners worldwide.

Giving Back: With each sale, Cliff provides FREE E-courses & Learning Tools to students and schools in need. Topics include Essentials for self & team discovery, negotiation, communication, entrepreneurship, money mastery, career building, and more.

Cliff and his Rescue Pup Lucy live in coastal towns of Santa Monica, Encinitas, and Kits Vancouver. Passions include music, films, yoga, writing, tennis, and mentoring entrepreneurs.