Jun 23, 2016 · 1 minute

I’ll put it this way. When my interview with GrubHub’s Matt Maloney wrapped up, the next guest, Thumbtack’s Marco Zappacosta had this to say, “Wow. Food delivery companies get pugnacious.”

If you know Maloney, the commentary isn’t a surprise. He made a rare step last year in publishing a Medium post eviscerating would be competitors like Postmates and DoorDash. (FWIW, I don’t totally agree but he made some good points.)

But Grubhub isn’t just being asked questions by analysts, shareholders and the media on how it defends against those two. It’s under attack by Amazon, Uber, and a raft of other startups in the “disrupting dinner” category that includes a myriad delivery, prepared meals, and meal kit offerings. By deal volume, it’s the most overfunded segment in the entire sharing economy.

We got into all of it in our Pandoland interview with Maloney-- which was ironically via Skype even though he’s based in Chicago.

If Maloney is worried, he didn’t show it. “We are 10x larger than Eat24 and Eat24 is about five times larger than Postmates and Postmates is probably four times larger than UberEats and Amazon is totally irrelevant because they are doing hundreds of orders a day,” he says. “[Uber would] have to grow faster than us in our own industry which we invented and which we continue to own.”

And while he’s more bullish on the meal kit companies than I am, he said he didn’t see a chance of BlueApron going public this year, despite rumors to the contrary.

We’ll post the full interview soon, but here’s the most pugnacious part...

Matt Maloney on going public from Pando Media on Vimeo.