1 hr 4 min

From Film to Furniture with John McDonald, Founder and CEO of Semihandmade Stairway to CEO

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John McDonald is the Founder and CEO of Semihandmade. Ranked among Inc. Magazine's fastest growing private companies in the US every year since 2015, Semihandmade makes high-end replacement doors for Ikea cabinets and has showrooms in New York, LA Minneapolis, Palm Springs, and Chicago. In this episode, John shares with us his incredible journey from growing up on the East coast, to working in the mailroom at Paramount Pictures, to attempting to join the Los Angeles Police Department, to ultimately transitioning into the furniture business. We talk about the impactful relationship he had with his father, why he gave up his dream to be a writer, and how he accidentally cut off two of his fingers while making furniture, but persevered and built Semihandmade into a multimillion-dollar business.

John McDonald is the Founder and CEO of Semihandmade. Ranked among Inc. Magazine's fastest growing private companies in the US every year since 2015, Semihandmade makes high-end replacement doors for Ikea cabinets and has showrooms in New York, LA Minneapolis, Palm Springs, and Chicago. In this episode, John shares with us his incredible journey from growing up on the East coast, to working in the mailroom at Paramount Pictures, to attempting to join the Los Angeles Police Department, to ultimately transitioning into the furniture business. We talk about the impactful relationship he had with his father, why he gave up his dream to be a writer, and how he accidentally cut off two of his fingers while making furniture, but persevered and built Semihandmade into a multimillion-dollar business.

1 hr 4 min

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