Defiance Ventures Appoints Ashley Love to Chief Operating Officer, Micah Minarik to President of Defiance Digital Consulting

Established in 2020, Defiance Ventures was founded with the mission of helping promising tech companies drive innovation and achieve their full potential through both capital infusion and hands-on support. To accomplish the latter portion of this mission, Defiance Digital was originally established to service the Defiance portfolio of companies. Holding true to Defiance’s commitment to constant innovation and improvement, Defiance Digital quickly evolved into a business that services both Defiance portfolio companies as well as external clients. 

Furthering this evolution based on growing market demand, Defiance today announced the appointment of Ashley Love to the role of Chief Operating Officer of Defiance Ventures. Love, who joined Defiance in July of 2020, will now be responsible for all business lines and activities of Defiance Ventures. 

“Since she joined the team last year, Ashley has been involved in the management of the business far beyond her traditional scope as CFO. Ashley has remained a central thread to all things Defiance, both within the operating team and externally as we evaluate and execute on investment opportunities. Ashley’s experience with companies ranging from small startups to Fortune 500 will serve us well as we begin scaling Defiance,” said Tareq Amin, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Defiance Ventures.

The former Chief Operating Officer of Defiance Ventures and industry veteran, Micah Minarik, will now serve as President of Defiance Digital’s Consulting practice. Micah joined Defiance in June of 2020 and has been largely responsible for the growth and strategy of Defiance Digital’s consulting business. Prior to joining Defiance, Micah founded and operated Kingsmen Software after a successful career in investment banking and capital markets.

Defiance Digital’s consulting practice focuses on tech advisory, product design, modern application development, expert staff augmentation, and other digital services; its Managed Services practice focuses on delivering bespoke, ongoing managed services, including managed cloud, managed security, DevOps automation, managed compliance, and managed observability.

“Micah’s depth of experience in the software and people management space has been a game-changer for our consultancy. Micah has consistently delivered in both business development and in the management of contracted projects, which is why he was a natural fit to lead this line of business as we spin it off into it’s own brand,” said John Espey, CEO and Co-Founder of Defiance Ventures.


About Defiance Digital
Defiance Digital is a digital consultancy and leading cloud transformation managed services company owned by Defiance Ventures. Defiance Digital serves Defiance Ventures’ portfolio companies as well as third party customers looking to build digital products. Through its advanced managed services offerings, Defiance Digital leverages the latest technologies in Security, Observability, Automation, and Public Cloud to deliver transformation to the enterprise. Visit

About Defiance Ventures
Defiance Ventures is a venture builder focused on B2B enterprise technology companies.  It combines capital and early-stage investment expertise with real world capabilities spanning marketing, branding, sales, application development, and cloud architecture to help its portfolio of technology companies to disrupt their respective industries. Visit