Tech leaders in the U.S. should remember that they got to where they are because they mirrored the brashness of former Apple (AAPL) - Get Free Report CEO Steve Jobs in the past, Recode executive editor Kara Swisher said on CNBC's "Squawk Alley" on Monday morning.
"A lot of what got Jobs ahead was being a pain in the ass, being difficult, thinking differently," she claimed.
As the new administration steps into the White House, tech seems to be bowing their heads rather than speaking their minds on important issues like immigration and trade, she said. "What I wonder is what gets lost in this sort of self-defying cooperation that they've pulled?" she asked.
If the "pirate days" are over, then that could affect innovation in the tech sector, Swisher pointed out. While she admits she can't stand it sometimes, the arrogance and outspokenness of tech leaders is a lot of what has made them so successful.
"Maybe I'm sort of nostalgic for that, and I am. And I want them just to be a little more like themselves and what got them there," Swisher explained.
Nowadays when tech leaders try to tell her that they're disrupting or changing the world, Swisher tells them to be quite because that statement is no longer true, she claimed. "It's just utter silence in the face of a lot of things, and I would like to see just a tiny bit more leadership from the teach people."
Swisher said she won't let up on this issue because it's important to our future. "I'm going to be an irritating nag on this forever because I do think it goes right to the heart of innovation."