Born in China, raised in New Jersey, and now residing in Brooklyn, New York, Christina Perla is the Co-founder & CEO of Makelab, a 3D printing service company.
After acquiring a friend's company with her partner, Manny, Makelab was born and Perla hasn't stopped since. In addition to running the business, she is also on the Board of Directors for the global nonprofit, Women in 3D Printing. Aside from thinking of engaging ways to activate the local NYC 3D printing community, Christina works with other Board Members to foster a diverse industry and expand the global reach of Women in 3D Printing through interviews, events, networking opportunities, and resources.
Most recently, Christina appeared on the cover of Entrepreneur Magazine as a result of Makelab’s response to COVID-19. She’s also been featured and quoted in: ADWEEK, TCT Magazine, Grit Daily, The Rising, SWAAY, and more.
When she has free time, Christina loves to spend it with her fiancé and their dog, Milo. She enjoys a good, long, strenuous hike anywhere woodsy during the warmer months, and prefers to start every day with a good, usually challenging, workout.
August 12th, 2020 | 1 hr 12 mins
Christina Perla talks about starting Makelab, a 3D printing company, and how the company pivoted to manufacturing PPEs in lieu of COVID-19. She also gives advice to other women who may be interested in starting a business, recognizing emotional patterns, and allocating company revenue to spend on future current and/or emergency events.