Steve Jobs and Apple Computer (almost bankrupt at the time) making a temporary deal with Bill Gates and Microsoft. The crowd was not too happy about it. Watch the video. On April 1, 1976, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne established a small company to sell personal computer kits hand-built by Wozniak. That company, was Apple Computer. Thirty-five years later, Apple is now the most valuable technology company in the world. Its market capitalization exceeds $317 billion, trumping longtime rival Microsoft by more than $100 billion. Apple’s iconic products sit on the desks and in the pockets of millions of people across the world.