Uber board member and investor Bill Gurley said Travis Kalanick, the chief executive of the ride-hailing service who resigned on Tuesday, would have a "lasting impact on the world", giving praise to the entrepreneur who has courted controversy.
According to the New York Times, five of Uber's major investors demanded Kalanick resign immediately.
"Travis has always put Uber first. This is a bold decision and a sign of his devotion and love for Uber. By stepping away, he's taking the time to heal from his personal tragedy while giving the company room to fully embrace this new chapter in Uber's history. We look forward to continuing to serve with him on the board," according to a statement from the Uber board sent to CNBC.
One of the investors who pushed Kalanick to resign was venture capital firm Benchmark, where Gurley is a partner.
But the investor came out late Tuesday to talk up Kalanick's impact on the world with Uber, saying that "many pages in the history books" will be devoted to the entrepreneur.
Benchmark was an early investor in Uber. In February 2011, it poured $11 million into the company at a $60 million valuation, according to Crunchbase data.
Before the announcement of Kalanick's resignation, other investors had also signaled their support for the departing CEO.