|Angel Alayon, photo by James Breiner|
Angel Alayon is an economist in one of the craziest economies in the world, Venezuela, where inflation is more than 60 percent annually. It is awash in petroleum yet has chronic shortages of milk.
And he is a journalist in a country whose government has been censoring enemies by buying them up and turning them into pro-government mouthpieces or cutting their supplies of newsprint.
Add to that, only 41 percent of the population are Internet users. So he is used to challenges. Maybe that is why he has been undaunted about creating a website with the unsexy concept of journalism of ideas, ProDaVinci.
With a full-time staff of only three, ProDaVinci has monthly traffic averaging 1.5 million page views to articles about economics, art, literature, science, and technology.