Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2013

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Travis Kalanick
Uber

From coast to coast, L.A. to Chicago, Travis Kalanick brought his car hire app to 17 U.S. markets over the past three years. But longtime cabbies are calling Uber an uncouth operator: In lawsuits filed in San Francisco and Boston, they say the on-demand service unfairly skirts city regulations. New York and Dallas taxi commissions have complained too. On Dec. 4, Uber announced it had reached a deal with the Washington D.C. City council that gives the company freedom to operate there with local drivers--a sign that in 2013 regulators will give Uber license to live.

-- Burt Helm