So how does the Republican party view the importance of Silicon Valley and innovation in the 2016 Presidential election?
According to Sean Spicer, the RNC’s chief strategist, innovation is central to the Republican’s chances in 2016.
Spicer argues that the Republicans — with their pro business, anti regulation slant — are the natural party of Silicon Valley.
Scratch a startup entrepreneur, he says, and you’ll find a conservative — especially in the area of jobs and economic opportunity.
And it’s this commitment to the innovation of disruptive companies like Uber and Airbnb, Spicer hopes, which will make 2016 a successful year for Republicans.