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St. Louis County's police chief said the unrest was "much worse" than the violence in August, when officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, 18. A grand jury declined to indict Wilson.
Now, a moment of reflection about America's innovation economy. We know that in technology hubs like Silicon Valley, it's cool to fail. That's the mark of a seasoned, risk taking entrepreneur: having tried, failed, and tried again. It may also be cool to draw a mediocre salary.
That's the argument of one of America's leading technology venture capitalist, who says he looks for low salaries at the top of start ups when he's thinking about investing. Peter Thiel was a co-founder of Paypal and the first outside investor in Facebook. He's also the author of a new book, "Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future."
Thiel also says monopoly, not competition, is the way to go. His advice to entrepreneurs is to find a niche and dominate it. Actually, he put it more strongly than that.
Click the media player above to hear Peter Thiel in conversation with Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio.
The housing sector continues to dig out of the deep, deep hole we call "the Recession."
Some markets are seeing particularly strong growth thanks to foreign investors.
So, what do foreign investors see when they check out U.S. housing stock?
“Affordability, straight up. With multiple exclamation points,” says Stan Humphries, Chief Economist with online real estate firm Zillow.
A report from the National Association of Realtors earlier this year found international investors spent more than $92 billion on U.S. homes, a 35 percent increase over last year.
Humphries says some of the hottest markets in the country are Miami, New York, and Orange County.
He says they can thank their housing recoveries, in part, on this foreign cash.
“We’ve got a lot more international buyers in the U.S. right now than we did eight years ago. And that’s been increasing since 2011,” he says.
Still, all that Chinese and Russian money has a downside, says USC’s Richard Green — Like how it can make it harder on first-time home buyers.
“They are pushing up the price of housing and making less housing available to others,” he says.
Prices are so high in some places — hello, San Francisco — it's forcing some communities to consider workforce housing, which if the price is right may make a good bet for a Canadian or Chinese investor.