Today's Entrepreneur: Evan Bailyn

Meliza Solan Surdi · March 17, 2011 · Short URL:

No. 1 mistake: Letting other people's fears get into their head

Entrepreneurs embrace being at the forefront of change. And, just by being there, they take several risks and make a difference. They choose a path of uncertainty but endure through the difficult moments.

They often live challenging and unstable lives. But as they courageously take steps out of their comfort zone, they'll make numerous mistakes which become valuable lessons for the rest of us. And, it's these creative and innovative daredevels who are making an impact on our world. 

Vator's profiles have been specifically designed for innovators to express themselves by sharing their interests, lessons learned, as well as bits and pieces of their unique journey.

Today's entrepreneur is Evan Bailyn, a serial entrepreneur, author, and speaker  who became a millionaire by the age of 25. He is the founder of Cartoon Doll Emporium , a children’s dress-up themed social network that became one of the largest children's websites in the world, reaching 70 million unique visitors in 2009. He is also the founder and CEO of First Page Sage, an SEO and social media company serving Fortune 500, celebrity, and political clients. 

He created the Evan Bailyn Foundation in early 2010, offering grants to causes that prevent child abuse.  His Facebook page, which promotes emotional awareness, is one of the most popular non-celebrity pages on Facebook, with over 100,000 fans.

According to Evan’s VEQ, he is good at marketing management, sales execution, and he is a thought leader.

I Am: Entrepreneur

Name companies you've founded or co-founded:

Cartoon Doll Emporium, First Page Sage

Name companies you've invested in:

Digits, The Dream Mining Company

Name startups you worked for:


If you are an entrepreneur, why?

I'm bursting with ideas!

List your favorite startups:


What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?

The most rewarding part of being an entrepreneur is getting to wear your pajamas to work and take a day off whenever you need it. The most frustrating part is taking 100% of the risk, so when there is a problem, it's completely on you to solve it.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make?

Letting other people's fears get into their head.

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**Cartoon Doll Emporium has grown quite a bit since this video was shot. It now has more than 4 million unique visitors and 90 million page views per month. A new video is on its way. Cartoon Doll Emporium is the fastest growing dress-up themed social network online, with over 4 million unique visitors and 90 million page views per month. It is a top 600 internet property (source: Comscore, July 2007). The site's demographic is "tweens," ages 6 - 14. The site allows users to dress up dolls, play interactive games, create custom profiles, and chat in a unique forum. Note from the management: Apologies for the extremely outdated video. We're sending in a new one soon.

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