About Us

Signafire’s mission is to give organizations the ability to make smarter decisions using all of the data at their fingertips.

Our Story

Founded in 2013, Signafire is best known for its industry-leading fusion and content analysis technology, which enables companies to fuse, access, and analyze data at an unprecedented speed and scale.

Initially developed for Intelligence Agencies and Special Forces, Signafire’s technology has evolved to help companies in any industry find, identify, and accurately turn data into actionable insights, across nearly any public or private databases. A complex combination of machine learning, NLP, parsing rules, and sentiment analysis provides the foundation of Signafire’s proprietary and highly scalable technology, which enables clients to visualize data and gather business intelligence in real-time and at scale.

Signafire is dedicated to seeing its clients succeed, and passionate about advancing the science of information as a means to solve complex business problems.

Our Leadership

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Marc Alacqua,
CEO

Marc is a founding partner of Signafire and a decorated combat veteran of the U.S. Army Special Operations Forces. For his service during Operation Iraqi Freedom, he was cited for “exceptionally conspicuous gallantry” and awarded two Bronze Star Medals and the Army Commendation Medal for Valor.

Marc, a 20-year veteran and Lieutenant Colonel, has extensive command experience in both combat and peace time, having commanded airborne and light infantry as well as special operations units. Before volunteering to return to active duty for service in Iraq, Marc was a narcotics prosecutor in the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office. He handled major narcotics-related cases including homicides, and managed long term gang and organized crime controlled narcotics investigations, working in conjunction with the NYPD and federal agencies.

Marc earned a BA in History and Political Science from Fordham University, and a JD from Hofstra University School of Law.

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Steve Davis,
CTO

Steve is a founding partner of Signafire and has led the concept and architecture of Signafire’s unique approach to big data analytics. Prior to Signafire, Steve worked at a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) and directly supported an elite U.S. Special Operations Command innovation and fusion cell. In this capacity, Steve worked directly with all-source, human terrain, geospatial, and other specialized intelligence analysts to rapidly develop tools and techniques to integrate and exploit large volumes of data.

Steve’s hallmark in this role was the ability to flexibly develop new technologies to support warfighters in extreme circumstances, deploying new technologies on a vastly accelerated time schedule. During his time with Special Operations, Steve deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan and received awards from the Defense Intelligence Agency and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency for his efforts to integrate systems, implement novel solutions, and support deployed forces.

Steve received a BS with highest distinction in Systems and Information Engineering, and a Master of Science (MS) in Systems and Information Engineering at the University of Virginia.

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Altaf Bahora,
VP of Engineering

Altaf is a founding partner of Signafire and has played an instrumental role in the development of Signafire’s differentiated approach to big data solution development. Prior to Signafire, Altaf worked as a systems engineer at The MITRE Corporation, directly supporting the defense and intelligence community, including the U.S. Special Operations Command, U.S. Strategic Command, and the Department of Homeland Security.

Among his responsibilities, Altaf helped to stand up a new specialized intelligence fusion cell, serving as the Systems Engineering Division Chief to create infrastructure and applications for integrating large disparate intelligence data sources for advanced analysis and exploitation. Altaf received a BS with distinction in Systems and Information Engineering, and a Master of Engineering (ME) in Systems and Information Engineering at the University of Virginia.

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Aimee Lessard,
Chief of Analysis

Aimee leads Signafire’s global analytic efforts. She provides specialist consultation, implementation, and training for public and private sector clients working to identify and solve complex global issues.

Prior to her current position, Aimee served as a counterterrorism analyst and team leader within the special operations community. As a member of a joint special operations task force, she provided direct support to counterterrorism missions and operations to illuminate emerging threats and disrupt and dismantle global terrorist networks. During this time, Aimee received multiple commendations, including being twice named analyst of the quarter.

Aimee deployed several times in direct support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. She is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, the national intelligence community, and a current member of the OSS Society.

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Neil Onsdorff,
Chief Revenue Officer

As Chief Revenue Officer, Neil Onsdorff is responsible for Signafire’s continued business growth, including sales, product development, and all brand-building and marketing activities.

Neil’s background includes over 15 years of agency experience, including leadership positions at BBDO [Omnicom] and Isobar [Dentsu]. In that time, Neil has led large-scale teams to craft memorable and effective brand experiences for several Fortune 500 companies, including Electronic Arts, FedEx, Lowe’s, P&G, and American Family Insurance.

Throughout his career, Neil has championed an integrated approach to sales and marketing that uses data-driven insights to optimize spend, fuel conversion, and drive the highest possible ROI for the allocation of budget. This approach has led to work that has received accolades at the Cannes Lions, Effie Awards, One Show, BtoB Awards, Addy, Mixx Award, and Clio Awards.

Neil lives in Brooklyn and tries to keep up with his two kids on his bicycle as much as possible.

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Who we've worked with

U.S Special Operations Command
U.S Department of Defense
Major League Soccer
BAE Systems
Blizzard Entertainment
Raytheon
U.K Ministry of Defense
National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
Palantir
Guidepost
Goodwin Procter
Kramer Levin

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