Corne holds a Masters degree in Business Economics, as well as other educational qualifications regarding Information Technology.
From 1992 to 1996 he worked for the CSIR in the DataTech division developing WorldNet Africa, the first online interactive search engine, as well as World Group Online, one of the first HTML web platforms ever built. As part of the web development team, new areas of the internet were explored and developed and the first e-commerce platform was introduced to facilitate business to business commerce.
In 1996 Corne was co-founder and Director of ITI Technology Holdings, which listed on the JSE in 1998. He was also CEO of ITI Online, an ISP focusing on dial up internet connections as well as leased line business connectivity. ITI Online integrated 35 ISPs country-wide to form a consolidated user base, which was later sold to MWEB Business and Storm Telecom. Various e-commerce and web portals were developed and introduced to the market, merging the traditional business models with electronic, web interactive graphic user interfaces.In 2005 Corne formed a new IT company, La Rochelle IT solutions, with the aim to provide wireless connectivity and IT support services to businesses and end users. The company changed its primary focus to provide high speed point-to-point and point-to-multipoint wireless connectivity to businesses