A weekly roundup of must-read L.A. tech investments and acquisitions.

Ring

$28 million

Type: Equity

Location: Santa Monica

Investors: Led by American Family Insurance, with Richard Branson, Shea Ventures, True Ventures, Upfront Ventures and several angel investors also participating.

Description: Ring manufactures a doorbell with a video camera, speakers and microphone that can be accessed using a mobile app. The company has grown its employee count fourfold in the last year to about 120. It expects to grow to about 200 employees by the end of the year. Founder and Chief Executive James Siminoff said the company will use funds to improve video analytics.

Related: Smart Doorbell Startup Ring Receives $28 Million Round



Mitu

Undisclosed

Type: Acquisition

Location: Santa Monica

Acquired: Lightt

Description: Though Lightt of San Francisco was acquired in February, multichannel network Mitu only disclosed the purchase this week. Lightt’s video app allows users to capture, edit and share high-definition video on social networks. Mitu announced this week that the Lightt team helped it launch an internal platform to discover, onboard and manage creators and influencers on social networks.

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