Michael J. Wolf

CNBC: In Google's best interest to protect privacy

CNBC's Jon Fortt reports on the tech community's focus on Internet surveillance. It's in Google's best interest and all the tech company's best interest to protect privacy and trust, says Michael Wolf, Activate founder. Read More

CNBC: Microsoft's New Direction

Michael J. Wolf sits down with CNBC's "Squawk Box" to discuss Microsoft's new direction under the leadership of CEO Satya Nadella, and its relationship with Yahoo. Read More

The Wall Street Journal: How to Balance Working From Home and Being in the Office

Writing for The Wall Street Journal's "The Experts" blog, Michael J. Wolf discusses how companies can improve productivity and collaboration by balancing an employee's work at home and in the office. Read More

The Wall Street Journal: How HR Departments Can Create an Innovation Culture

Writing for The Wall Street Journal's "The Experts" blog, Michael J. Wolf explains how human resources must evolve to build and support great teams, and create a culture of innovation. Read More

The Wall Street Journal: Why Companies Need to Rethink the Digital Czar

Michael J. Wolf explains the importance of the CDO (Chief Digital Officer) role, and how it will continue to grow and evolve as organizations transform themselves to be more effective in the digital world. Read More

The Wall Street Journal: Why Companies Need to Focus on ‘Little Data’

While the term "Big Data" is being used by nearly everyone, Michael J. Wolf suggests that successful companies will also need to focus on harnessing the power of "little data". Read More

Bloomberg TV: Twitter Has Failed at Music

Activate Founder and Managing Director Michael Wolf discusses his outlook for Twitter and King Digital Entertainment on Bloomberg Television's “Bloomberg Surveillance.” Read More

Bloomberg TV: Facebook Wants to Be the Internet

Activate Founder and Managing Director Michael Wolf discusses Facebook’s deal to buy Oculus VR on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg Surveillance.” Read More

Bloomberg TV: Microsoft Built a Moat Around Windows

Activate Founder and Managing Director Michael Wolf discusses Microsoft’s strategy under CEO Satya Nadella on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg Surveillance.” Read More

Bloomberg TV: Citigroup Fails Fed Test

Full episode of "Bloomberg Surveillance." Guests: Larry Kantor, JP Eggers, Kyle Stock, Michael Wolf, Dean Curnutt, and Sara Senatore. Read More

Bloomberg TV: Market Underestimating 'Spillover' Risks

Dean Curnutt, chief executive officer of Macro Risk Advisors LLC, talks about the outlook for the Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index, known as the VIX, and global market risks. Curnutt speaks with Tom Keene, Adam Johnson, and Scarlet Fu on Bloomberg Television's "Surveillance." Activate's Michael Wolf also speaks. Read More

Bloomberg TV: Why Facebook Investors Love the WhatsApp Deal

Activate Founder and Managing Director Michael Wolf discusses Facebook's deal to acquire messaging app WhatsApp on Bloomberg Television’s "Bloomberg Surveillance." Read More

Bloomberg TV: WhatsApp Is Inexpensive Growth for Facebook

Michael Wolf, founder and managing director at Activate, examines the value of the WhatsApp acquisition for Facebook on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg Surveillance.” Read More

Bloomberg TV: A WhatsApp Message for the Feds

On today's "Morning Must Read," Activate Founder and Managing Director Michael Wolf recaps the op-ed pieces and analyst notes providing insight behind today's headlines on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg Surveillance." Read More

Bloomberg TV: Netflix, YouTube Eat Up 50% of Streaming

Michael Wolf, founder and managing director at Activate, talks with Tom Keene about the agreement by Netflix to pay Comcast for faster broadband access in today’s “This Matters Now” on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg Surveillance.” Read More

Bloomberg TV: Ukraine Bonds to Get Support From West, Humes Says

Hans Humes, chief executive of Greylock Capital Management, talks about investing in Ukrainian bonds and outlook for the nation. He speaks with Scarlet Fu and Tom Keene on Bloomberg Television's "Surveillance." Michael Wolf, founder of Activate, also speaks. Read More

Bloomberg Radio: Tech Predictions and Other Topics

Michael J. Wolf speaks on the Pimm Fox "Taking Stock" program for Bloomberg Radio. Read More

Bloomberg TV: What Does 2014 Hold for M&A and Technology?

Marshall Sonenshine, chairman at Sonenshine Partners and Michael Wolf, founder and managing director at Activate, discuss the M&A market heading into 2014 on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg Surveillance.” Read More

Bloomberg TV: Fed Taper May Hold Something For All

Marshall Sonenshine, chairman at Sonenshine Partners and Michael Wolf, founder and managing director at Activate, discuss the impact of the beginning of Fed tapering on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg Surveillance.” Read More

Bloomberg TV: Zuckerberg Seizing Facebook's Moment

Michael Wolf, founder and managing director at Activate and Marshall Sonenshine, chairman at Sonenshine Partners, discuss a share offering by Facebook on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg Surveillance.” Read More

Bloomberg TV: Is Facebook Playing Catch-Up on Mobile Video Ads?

Anna Bager, VP and general manager at IAB Mobile Marketing Center and Michael Wolf, founder and managing director at Activate, discuss Facebook’s roll out of video ads on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg Surveillance.” Read More

Bloomberg TV: Twitter to Set Final IPO Price Today

Former Yahoo Board Member Michael Wolf discusses Twitter's IPO with Betty Liu on Bloomberg Television's "In The Loop." Read More

Bloomberg TV: Three Things Twitter Needs to Prove to Investors

Michael J. Wolf, founder and managing director at Activate, discusses Twittter’s valuation, what it needs to prove to investors and the outlook for mobile advertising on the service. He speaks on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg Surveillance.” Read More

Bloomberg TV: Amazon Investors Cheer as Company Outspends Revenue

Michael J. Wolf, founder and managing director at Activate, reviews results from Amazon and looks at why investors are attracted to its business model. He speaks on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg Surveillance.” Read More

Bloomberg TV: Why Netflix Leads the Way on Content, Delivery

In today’s “This Matters Now,” Michael J. Wolf, founder and managing director at Activate, talks with Tom Keene about how Netflix is leading the way on content as digital media companies look to become content providers. He speaks on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg Surveillance.” Read More

Bloomberg TV: Obamacare Website Glitches Fixable

Peter Beilenson, chief executive officer of Evergreen Health Cooperative, talks about the technical glitches that hobbled the federal government's health exchange website and challenges facing the Maryland's system. He speaks with Sara Eisen, Tom Keene and Scarlet Fu on Bloomberg Television's "Surveillance." Michael Wolf, founder of Activate, also speaks. Read More

Bloomberg TV: Healthcare.gov Website Is Close to Unusable

Michael J. Wolf, founder and managing director at Activate, examines the technical glitches with the federal health exchange website and where he believes the government went wrong with the site. He speaks on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg Surveillance.” Read More

Bloomberg TV: Smartphone Platform Wars are Pretty Much Over

Dan Frommer, founder and editor at Splatf and Michael J. Wolf, founder and managing director at Activate, recap market reaction to Apple's new iPhones and the importance of the Apple ecosystem to its place in the smartphone platform war. They speak on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg Surveillance." Read More

Bloomberg TV: Mayer Has Changed Yahoo User Experience

Michael J. Wolf, founder and managing director at Activate and Alan Patriciof, founder and managing director at Greycroft Partners, examine the progress of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer after one year heading the company and the type of CEO they would like to see take over Microsoft. They speak on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg Surveillance." Read More

Bloomberg TV: Do DJIA Additions Mirror a Changing U.S. Economy?

Michael J. Wolf, founder and managing director at Activate, discusses what changes to the Dow Jones Industrial Average say about the U.S. economy and the future make-up of the exchange. He speaks on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg Surveillance." Read More

Business Insider: How Marissa Mayer Came To Yahoo: The Behind-The-Scenes Story

Michael J. Wolf is featured in a video companion to the Business Insider piece "The Truth About Marissa Mayer: An Unauthorized Biography." Read More

Media Magazine: Digital Transformation Issue

Media Magazine asked me to serve as the guest editor of their Digital Transformation Issue. I commissioned pieces that would explain this transformational moment in the media business: Rich Ziade describing how he built a company around better reading experiences, Nick Denton discussing the Gawker redesign, David Kirkpatrick introducing the next wave of companies to watch for, Paul Ford on how advertisers need to redefine the ways they think about the Web, and my partner at Activate, Michele Anderson, explaining what it takes to create a virtual start-up. Read More

The CEO

Excerpt from David Kirkpatrick's history of Facebook and how it has changed the world:

Of all the suitors courting Mark Zuckerberg in the fall of 2005, one of the most enterprising was Michael Wolf, president of Viacom's MTV Networks.

(Zuckerberg's) talks with Michael Wolf taught (him) a lot about deals and how the media industry works. That would serve him well in the coming years. And inside the company he seemed more like a leader. Read More

MediaPost: At the Crossroads

Michael Wolf tells Joe Mandese why we are at a turning point brought on by the collision of media and technology. Read More

Adweek: Michael Wolf Joins Slide Board of Advisors

Former MTV Networks president and COO Michael Wolf has joined social application firm Slide's Board of Advisors. Read More