About Michael Ellsberg

Michael Ellsberg

I’m the author of The Education of Millionaires: Everything You Won’t Learn in College About How to Be Successful (Penguin, 2011,) and the co-author of The Last Safe Investment: Spending Now to Increase Your True Wealth Forever (Penguin, 2016.) I’m also the author of The Power of Eye Contact (HarperCollins, 2010.)

Currently I work as a freelance copywriter.

I was born in San Francisco in 1977, grew up in Berkeley, and graduated from Brown in 1999 with a degree–that I’ve never used–in International Relations. I now live back in Berkeley.

Here is my: Facebook Profile, Twitter, MediumYouTube, Instagram, Facebook PageGoogle+, Pinterest, Vimeo, and Soundcloud.


  • I’m the Chief of Fan Magic for independent singer-songwriter-pianist Adey Bell. Her first studio album, released March 2018, is Silver Wheel. Listen and weep.
  • I’m the creator of the “Consent Pledge,” for men who have sex with women.
    (This initiative was covered in the New York Times.)
  • I am producing indy erotic media (aka indy porn) showcasing authentic human connection and real-life education about consent. My first co-creation was “Luminous Lust,” a collaboration between co-students in Madison Young’s Erotic Film School. Luminous Lust recently premiered in Seattle, Portland and San Francisco at Dan Savage’s HUMP! Film Festival and will be touring nation-wide in 2019. Luminous Lust was also accepted for its European premiere at the Fish & Chips International Erotic Film Festival in Turin, Italy, January 2019. I am currently at work on my next consent-based indy porn creation with somatic educator Alexa Razma.
  • I have begun writing and performing comedy. I debuted my first piece, “Freudian Kink” (2018) in Oakland. (YouTube version here.)
  • I edit and maintain my father’s website Ellsberg.Net

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