The rapid growth of online video as a viable advertising medium, with marketers seeking uniform publishing environments, is leading to the consolidation of many start-ups, says Ping Li, a partner with Accel Partners.

Accel is an investor in several online video companies, including Brightcove, Glam Media, Metacafe, and YuMe. 

I interviewed Ping at last month's Beet.TV Online Video Roundtable at

Despite a very difficult 2009, the online video industry is growing quickly.  

Accel could find exis with both Brightcove, which may file for an IPO next year, and Glam Media, which could go public, according to published reports.

Andy Plesser, Managing Editor