PEARSON'S PRESENCE: Of all the traditional education companies, Pearson seems to be the one most determined to closely monitor the pulse of edtech startups. It recently announced support for StartupWeekend EDU. It also supports thriving hothouses of startups: RocketSpace in San Francisco, General Assembly in New York City and TechHub in London. And of course, Pearson is also the biggest limited partner in Learn Capital, which gives the giant some visibility into startups including Edmodo, Accept.ly, AdvancePath Academy, Bridge International Academies, Chromatik, Class Dojo, Desmos, Formative Learning, Lafafa, Mangahigh, Mastery Connect, SchoolTube, ShowMe, StudySync, Verbling, Udemy, Brownie Points, and QuantBench. (Can you say that all in one breath?) Oh, and don't forget its own incubated startup, Alleyoop. Sounds like a winning strategy.