Randall Stephens's startup was born out of a predicament that many web users have found themselves facing.
"I had a situation when I sent a photo of my kids to my family, and my mother liked it so much she wanted to forward it to all her friends, but it wasn't a photo that I wanted to be shared," said Stephens.
His solution was FileLife, a file encryption service that can secure any content that is sent out on the internet.
"Basically what FileLife does is it gives the owner of the file or email complete control over that file no matter where it goes throughout the world," said Stephens.
Stephens grew up in Redding, and moved back from Southern California just last year for his wife's job.
He quickly found that there were challenges to trying to launch a startup in the North State, including trying to network and meet the right people.
Stephens is confident that FileLife provides a service that is much needed in today's digitally driven society.
"Gardner Research estimates that the market that we're in is a $7.45 billion dollar market. That shows that with a little bit of attraction, FileLife is going to be highly successful," said Stephens.
FileLife was named the most innovative tech product at the North State Sierra Nevada Innovative Challenge in June, and was recently selected as a Startup of the Year finalist for the North State Innovation Awards.