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Maria Sharapova Nets Pastoral Santa Barbara Ranch

variety.com | Oct 18, 2020


The Los Angeles-adjacent seaside community of Manhattan Beach is known for its chic boutiques, charming eateries, and for its expensive mansions, which are particularly popular with both powerful financiers and well-compensated athletes alike. Maria Sharapova has been a community resident for many years, and she custom-built her striking modern home, featured last year in Architectural Digest. But when things get too crowded in the tightly-packed beach neighborhood, the retired tennis pro can whizz up the coast to a scenic retreat in the Santa Barbara foothills.

Property records reveal Sharapova volleyed an impressive $8.6 million for her new ranch, which spans nearly five contiguous acres of shelter magazine-worthy grounds. And from its hilltop perch, the entire estate enjoys includes surreal panoramic of the whitewater coastline and Santa Ynez mountains.

Located in Summerland, a quaint beach town tucked between its arguably more famous Carpinteria and Montecito cousins, the scenic compound includes rolling gardens landscaped with lavender, roses, and jasmine. There are open lawns, towering fir trees, and a dense bamboo forest that’s more akin to a tropical jungle than what one might expect to find in Southern California.

Three separate structures comprise the compound, each one with a single bedroom and each “its own private oasis,” per the listing. The main house is a Balinese-inspired affair with exposed wood ceilings, loft-like living spaces, and a beautiful oceanview stone terrace set beneath palm trees. Just off the main house, practically hidden by a dense cover of lush foliage, is a wee detached studio with mustard-colored walls and space for a private office or artist’s retreat.

The second structure is a whimsical guesthouse with a Dutch-style two-piece front door, salmon-colored walls, and a back door that opens to a spacious stone patio and rolling lawns that spill down the mountain, out of sight toward the beach.

The third and final residential building functions as a caretaker’s guest cottage attached to the 5-stall horse barn and accessory equestrian facilities, which include a horse corral. That house is painted a deep forest green and fully renovated on the inside, with a large fireplace, redone kitchen, and its own set of picturesque ocean views.

Santa Barbara and the nearby communities have long been plagued by drought, so Sharapova will no doubt appreciate the private water well with 15,000 gallons of storage that transferred as part of the $8.6 million property.

Some of Sharapova’s nearest neighbors within sugar-borrowing distance include Kinko’s heiress Natalie Orfalea, private equity guru Philip Bilden, and billionaire Riley Bechtel, whose $63 million Rancho San Carlos estate is just a proverbial stone’s throw up the hill.

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How Maria Sharapova Used Her Tennis Career to Become a Powerhouse Startup Founder

Inc.com | October 21, 2020

The five-time Grand Slam singles winner retired from professional tennis in February. Now, she's applying lessons from her athletic career to run her high-end candy company Sugarpova

Like many entrepreneurs, Maria Sharapova's new full-time job started out as a side hustle.

In February, the five-time Grand Slam singles winner retired from professional tennis and immediately poured herself into Sugarpova, the high-end candy company she co-founded in 2012. The move was years in the making--inspired, she said on Wednesday at the Inc. 5000 Vision Conference, by the competitive drive she developed over the course of her stellar athletic career: "I said I would love to own something 100 percent, where I create my own team, I bring in the right resources, the finances, and I make the decisions every single day."

When Sharapova, 33, first launched Sugarpova, she had no idea what she was getting herself into. "You never really grasp the attention to detail, the focus that you have to create, when you're in the midst of beginning and continuing to have your own business," she said.

For help becoming an effective CEO, she drew lessons from her athletic career. The financial acumen came from her experience negotiating endorsement deals with companies like Nike and Motorola. Her ability to lead a team, she said, came directly from her years of working through high-pressure situations with coaches, trainers, and support staff--and learning to prioritize balanced schedules and frequent off-days to avoid burnout.

Now, Sharapova uses similar strategies: For example, after realizing that she was tuning out after an hour of daily meetings, she created a self-imposed limit of two or three calls per day. Continuing to work after losing your focus is "incredibly taxing on yourself, on your mind, on your body, and then you're just playing catch-up," she said. "Don't overdo it. I know that's one of those suggestions that seems so difficult in today's environment, but having that time for yourself will only make you a better leader."

Sharapova has also become an avid startup investor, and even made a guest-judge appearance on Shark Tank--a longtime favorite show of hers--shortly after her retirement. Her advice to founders looking for funding: Pitch your company as authentically as possible. "I quite like when the founders are slightly nervous," she said. "I think that's when their vulnerability shines through, and seeing how they come out of that and how they challenge themselves ... really shows what they're made of."

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This article says she will make a comeback in Shark Tank Season 12 Episode 3, this time not as a guest shark, but as a investor of Bala Bangles, to show how the company made progress during the pandemic:

When will ‘Shark Tank’ Season 12 Episode 3 air? Here's what to expect as Maria Sharapova joins in for new update

Guest shark Maria Sharapova will join entrepreneurs Natalie Holloway and Max Kislevitz in Los Angeles

By Jyotsna Basotia
Published on : 20:11 PST, Oct 23, 2020

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What's special this time?

Guess what? In a new update, Season 11 Guest Shark Maria Sharapova will join entrepreneurs Natalie Holloway and Max Kislevitz in Los Angeles as they show how their innovative wrist and ankle weights company — Bala Bangles — has found new ways to keep customers in shape during the global pandemic.

Starting from $49, the website elaborates on how Bala Bangles adds a “constant but comfortable resistance to your workout.” Wildy versatile, they can be worn on wrists or ankles for training and recreational activities alike. Three weeks back, Well+Good reported how the website was updated with a variety of weight and color options to choose from. “There’s a limited edition rainbow option, a pretty marble print, and the classic 1-pounders in multiple different shades. Shop for your new set below, and hurry, because these babies are going to sell out quick,” the report read. It will be interesting to find out what they say on the show once it airs next week!

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This episode will be aired on October 30, 2020.
 

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Maria Sharapova, Le Business À Plein Temps

Forbes France, December 3, 2020


Entrepreneure dans l’âme, l’ancienne numéro 1 mondiale se confie en exclusivité à Forbes sur son nouveau challenge à plein temps : le business. La championne aux cinq Grands Chelems, courtisée dès ses débuts par les plus prestigieuses marques, a su capitaliser avec brio sur son expérience du marketing. Sa dernière collaboration en date avec Therabody révèle ses ambitions bien plus stratégiques et parfaitement assumées. Entretien.


Depuis l’annonce de votre retraite sportive en début d’année, vous êtes plus que jamais présente sur le terrain du business. Vous vous dites prête « à gravir une autre montagne ». Quel challenge ciblez-vous ?

Maria Sharapova
: Les affaires et l’entrepreneuriat ont toujours été mes passions ! Autrement, je m’attaque à une autre montagne que je suis impatiente de gravir. Dès l’adolescence, j’ai eu l’opportunité de travailler avec des marques incroyables, ce qui a assurément conduit à attiser mon intérêt pour les affaires, mais aussi pour la création d’une entreprise. En 2012, j’ai lancé ma société Sugarpova qui propose des confiseries et des chocolats premium. Depuis ma retraite tennistique en début d’année, j’apprécie de disposer de plus de temps pour développer et affiner tous mes autres projets, que ce soit Therabody, Bala Bangles, The Skills, et bien d’autres encore. Je consacre aussi davantage de temps à la recherche de nouveaux partenariats et d’opportunités d’investissement.

D’où vient cette soif d’entreprendre ?

M.S
: Je pense qu’une grande partie de mon esprit d’entreprise trouve son origine dans ma carrière d’athlète. Le sport de haut niveau va de pair avec un travail acharné, une attention aux détails et une démarche cohérente : soit autant de particularités que j’ai directement appliquées à ma façon d’aborder le sport et les affaires. Je dirais que cela est devenue une évidence lorsque j’ai démarré ma collaboration avec Nike et d’autres grandes griffes. Ainsi, je me souviens très clairement de ces réunions dans de grandes salles de conférence pendant lesquelles je réalisais mon déficit en matière d’échanges commerciaux. Cependant, j’ai bien saisi à quel point ce pouvait être une occasion unique pour moi d’apprendre de ces cadres supérieurs experts dans leur domaine. Depuis, je me suis toujours fait un devoir de prendre place aux processus de discussion dès lors qu’il s’agissait de décisions commerciales stratégiques, dans l’optique de continuer à grandir et à apprendre.

Parmi vos nombreuses collaborations, vous avez récemment décidé de vous impliquer davantage, en endossant le rôle de conseillère stratégique de la marque Therabody. Vous allez au-delà de l’investissement financier ?

M.S
: Dès ma première conversation avec le CEO de Therabody, Ben Nazarian, et son équipe, je savais que ce serait un excellent investissement et un partenariat véritablement collaboratif. À ce stade de ma carrière, ce qui m’excite le plus, c’est l’opportunité de jouer un rôle charnière au-delà d’un simple investissement financier. J’entends non seulement associer mon nom avec Therabody sur le plan marketing, mais également avoir la possibilité d’influencer la croissance de l’entreprise au quotidien.

De quelle manière comptez-vous soutenir le développement de cet acteur de la Tech et du wellness, un secteur en pleine ébullition ?

M.S
: En tant qu’athlète, j’ai toujours eu un œil attentif sur la santé et le bien-être. De par ma position, j’ai constaté à quel point ces deux secteurs ont été impactés par la révolution technologique, et ce n’est encore qu’un début ! Le potentiel est immense et ne manque pas de me passionner. Quand je regarde l’écosystème des entreprises et marques évoluant dans ce domaine, je réalise combien Therabody se distingue de la concurrence. Il y a une véritable capacité à se déployer à grande échelle en termes d’innovations technologiques. Les individus comme les athlètes de tous niveaux bénéficient de cette avance. Très concrètement, des produits comme Theragun ont été en mesure de faire une énorme différence en matière d’hygiène de vie au quotidien.

De quelle personnalité du monde des affaires admirez-vous le plus le parcours ?

M.S
: Je suis admirative du parcours de Melinda Gates.

Vous êtes érigée en exemple du sport-business : la Harvard Business School a utilisé votre carrière dans une étude de cas sur la façon de « commercialiser un champion »… Quels sont vos conseils d’entrepreneure à nos lecteurs pour transformer une start-up en success story ?

M.S
: L’équilibre. Cet aspect est clef dans la vie d’une personne. Je n’ai jamais transigé sur ce point tout au long de ma carrière, de ma vie. A plus forte raison aujourd’hui, depuis que je profite de plus de temps libre. Il est très utile par ailleurs d’explorer ses centres d’intérêt en dehors de ce qui vous accapare le plus – que ce soit les affaires, le sport ou tout autre chose. Je dirai aussi à vos lecteurs de ne jamais sous-estimer l’importance de son équipe : oui, l’énergie au travail est importante, mais n’oubliez pas de rester à l’écoute de vos collaborateurs. Il n’y a pas de meilleure manière d’apprendre et de grandir ! Entourez-vous de personnes qui seront pour vous d’excellents coachs et des mentors car ce genre d’expertise est inestimable.

« Tennis, je te dis adieu ! » : c’était votre message au monde lors de l’officialisation de votre retraite sportive en février dernier. Quelle relation entendez-vous entretenir avec ce sport qui vous a consacrée championne et star ?

M.S
: Le tennis m’a montré le monde et m’a montré de quoi j’étais faite. Il va me manquer tous les jours. Avec le recul, je me rends compte que le tennis a été une montagne pour moi. Mon parcours a été fait de détours et de vallées. Après 28 ans et cinq titres du Grand Chelem, je suis prête à gravir une nouvelle montagne. Pour l’heure, je ne boude pas mon plaisir de m’attarder autour d’une tasse de café le matin, de m’échapper le week-end lors d’escapades inattendues et de savourer des précieux moments en famille.

Quel est votre souvenir le plus mémorable dans votre carrière tennistique ?

J’ai vécu tellement de moments incroyables tout au long de mon parcours, mais si je ne devais en citer qu’un, ce serait ma victoire à Wimbledon à 17 ans. La saveur de remporter le premier Grand Chelem de ma carrière…

Quelle est la rencontre qui vous a le plus émue ?

La fois où j’ai pu rencontrer l’architecte Frank Gehry dans son studio.

Et pour finir : la France, en une phrase ?

Le pays toujours dans la tendance, qui ne vieillit jamais !


Maria Sharapova, Le Business À Plein Temps | Forbes France
 

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Theragun Pro Australian Review, and why Maria Sharapova's putting her money where her mouth is

Stefan Mitchell
7NEWS
Published: Thursday, 3 December 2020 6:54 PM

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But what about those who want to know what role the Theragun pro can play on someone who’s a little more active?

Enter former world No 1 tennis player Maria Sharapova.

She was introduced to the machine when she was still competing.

“I was quickly drawn to their unique technology that was unlike anything else I’d seen in the space.”

Sharapova swears by daily use of the machine.

“I use my Theragun before and after every workout to stay loose, and spend about 10-15 minutes every night using the Therabody app to pinpoint muscle groups that are tight and sore, especially on my feet, so I can stay fresh for a workout the next day.”

The 5-time Grand Slam champion put her money where her mouth is, and has joined the company as an investor and advisor.

Her aim is to help grow the company internationally, and help develop new products.

When 7NEWS.com.au asked Sharapova about the hefty price tag for the Pro model, she said;

“Recovery is a really important part of every workout, but not all people who work out at home tend to realise that.”

“Therabody’s technology and quality are unlike anything else on the market, and I think can offer lasting benefits that make it a worthwhile investment.”

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She will have a conversation at a SXSW online event next year:

How to Scale a Mission-Driven Brand – Join Supergoop! CEO and Founder Holly Thaggard and her early-stage investor, world-class tennis champion and entrepreneur Maria Sharapova, for an inspiring conversation sharing insights on how Thaggard scaled her company from a mission to end the skin cancer epidemic to a business with millions in revenue, all while innovating a category and changing consumer behavior. Hear from Sharapova first-hand about how she identified a promising investment opportunity in a young, but high-growth brand with an authentic mission as its north star, and advice for other emerging entrepreneurs prioritizing mission and doing good.
 

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Maria Sharapova Narrates a Heart-Warming Story of Her Mother and First Grand Slam Triumph

By Bhavishya Mittal
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2020 started off on a sad note as the five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova announced her retirement. Post her retirement, fans have paid their tributes and acknowledged the distinguished career she has had. Sharapova often cites her parents for her fantastic career and recently narrated a heart-warming story about her mother that she remembers since her retirement.

In an interview with the ‘Second Life’ podcast, Sharapova spoke about the moment she won her first Grand Slam at Wimbledon, aged 17. During the final, Sharapova’s mother was on a flight and was watching Sharapova chase her dream from 30,000 ft above the ground.

“What does come to mind was actually my mother she was, she was flying. During the final, and it was at the time when the small televisions were becoming to be like a big thing on airplanes and she was flying with, with the TV on. And she saw me win like 30,000 feet above the ground.”

Sharapova won the 2004 Wimbledon Championships aged 17 and against future rival Serena Williams. Her father was with her, and in the heat of the moment, Sharapova tried calling her mother, but she didn’t realize that her mother was flying.

“And then on the court, as I run, I went to my bag, and I hugged my father and then I reached in my bag and I wanted to get my phone out and call her, forgetting that she’s on the plane.”

Moreover, her mother was scrambling on the aircraft to get in touch with her daughter during that auspicious moment.

“Meanwhile, she’s watching me, trying to call her. She’s asking the flight attendant like, Is there anything I can do that’s my daughter. It was a really special moment.”

Sharapova has spoken about her family struggles when they moved from Russia to the US. They had problems such as not speaking the language. More importantly, Sharapova’s mother couldn’t come to the US for the first 2-3 years due to visa issues. So Sharapova and her father were alone in a foreign land, navigating and learning quickly as each day passed. Obviously, all hurdles were crossed, and the rest is history!

 
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